Internship projects for postdocs and early career researchers

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This program is open to postdoctoral and early career researchers with a fixed term employment at KI or on a KI stipend, before and during the internship. Career service offers about 30 internship positions (2 months with a financed salary) at a company or organization within both private and public sector every year.

To be eligible to apply you also need to provide us with a signed confirmation letter from supervisor/HR.The candidate holds a PhD and is employed by KI or on a KI stipend and will be fully financed by KI Career Service for 2 months. The participating organizations are co-financing the internship program. There is a possibility for the company to extend the internship, covering the cost of the salary for that month.

In short, the organizations provide us with a project proposal and attend the company mingle arranged by KI Career Service. All researchers can apply for up to 3 companies/projects. The organizations proceed with interviewing the candidates and make a final selection. KI Career Service announce the selection of candidates to the applicants.

Application process

  1. Tailor 1-3 cv:s depending on how many internships you apply for (max 3). *No cover letter is required unless stated otherwise in the project proposals. Save the document with your NAME. Firstname-surname-CV-Company.pdf (or .doc)
  2. To be eligible to apply your supervisor and HR at the department need to be informed and sign the confirmation document. Save the document with your NAME. Firstname-surname-Confirmation.pdf (or .doc)
  3. Deadline for uploading the applications will be in mid-May.
  4. Apply here (link to instructions and KI Collaboration portal)
  5. User manual for applicants (pdf). If you encounter problems, please email

Q & A for applicants

Q: Can I apply without a confirmation letter?
A: No. Career service need to know that your supervisor agree on you spending time on the internship project.

Q: My supervisor is away travelling and cannot sign the confirmation letter this week. What should I do?
A: Ask the supervisor to confirm that he/she support your application in an email to Also ask the HR to sign the confirmation letter regarding your contract situation. When supervisor is back you send us the final version, with all signatures.

Q: I have defended my thesis recently/ earlier this year. Can I apply for these internship project?
A: Yes, if your supervisor sign the confirmation letter and also thick the box “If selected for an internship, the contract/stipend will be extended”

Q: Should I send my internship application directly to the company?
A: No. You need to apply through the application system and KI Career service check that you are eligible to participate in the internship program.

Q: Does the current system mean that we can apply up to three internship, but we can not show which is our first, second and third choice at the current stage?
A: That is correct. If you are selected as top candidate by more than one company, Career Service will contact you and ask which one you rank first.  If you want to apply to Medivir projects, you will get a question in the application system about your ranking the projects.

Q: Should I send my cover letter?
A: No. Career service wants the process to be efficient and a CV is enough information for most companies to make the first selection of who to invite to interview. If some company wants cover letters or your work sample, we will inform you.

Q: I am not employed as a postdoc or research associate. Can I apply for the internship project?
A: If you are employed on a time limited/fixed term contract with KI and have a PhD and a signed confirmation letter you can apply.

Q: I am a postdoc on stipend/fellowship. Can I apply?
A: Yes if you have KI stipend and a signed confirmation letter. If you have fellowship from external source, you need to ask the funder if it possible to spend time on external collaboration, internship project.

Q: When will the selection be finished?
A: Career service aims that the process should be finalized within four weeks. You will get the information from Career service.

Q: Will my supervisor get reimbursed for all costs, including also INDI?
A: Yes. 

Q: How will my supervisor get reimbursed?
A: Your department admin (usually HR staff) fill in the form found on this page and send it to career service.

Q: I did an internship previously. Can I apply again?
A: Yes. If your supervisor agree and sign the confirmation letter. You can not apply to the same company again.

Q: I have found an internship on my own. Can I get reimbursed from KI Career service?
A: No. 

Q: I have an internship suggestion for a new company that would be of interest to many researchers. What should I do?
A: You can suggest a company to Career Service and we reach out to them and ask if they are interested in collaborating with KI.

Q: When will the next round of internship projects be advertised?
A: In the end of April, 2018. Follow events through Career Service newsletter

Q: I am a PhD student and want to do an internship. What should I do?
A: PhD students are welcome to apply to the PhD course “Career skills for scientists”. Participants in this course have the opportunity to apply for a one month internship project. The course is offered in the spring, February-March and you apply through the doctoral education course catalogue in October- November.

Projects who were announced during autumn 2017 (pdf)

Bayer (2 internship positions)



Medical Product Agency

Medivir (2 internship positions)


Sigrid Therapeutcis (2 internship positions)





Kerstin Beckenius

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 861 32
Organizational unit: Student- och karriärservice


Anethe Mansen

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 863 76
Organizational unit: Student- och karriärservice