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Helmholtz Munich | Amelie J. Kraus

The call for the program opens in December 2024 - January 2025.

It is mandatory to upload an English translation of your documents, in case they are only available in another language. However, the translation doesn't need to be notarized for the application. This will be required for later administrative formalities.

Even though the application system states that uploading reference letters is required, they are not mandatory for the internship application. If you have some, you can include them into your application. However, they are not a criteria for selection.

The internship program will always start on July 1st and will go for two months.

Next to the mandatory project work, all interns need to participate in the scientific program including internship symposium, seminars, lab meetings and institute events. Moreover, the on-site interns will be invited to join all the social activities of their group during the internship. 

Interns coming to Munich will reveice detailed information after the selection process.

No, successful applicants must provide their own health insurance for the duration of the internship.

We will contribute to costs for travelling, living expenses, and rent with an expense allowance.

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Is your foreign university degree recognised in Germany?

In the case of foreign higher education degrees, the issuing of a certificate evaluation by the ZAB is necessary so that your degree can be recognised for wage categorisation purposes. The certificate evaluation is also required for visa/residence title formalities.
Please apply for the certificate evaluations early, the process can take up to 3 months. 

Step 1: Is my degree already listed in the ANABIN database? (ANABIN instructions in English)

  • YES: Print out the certificate and attach it to your application documents.
  • NO: continue with step 2.

Step 2: Have your higher education qualifications evaluated by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). The certificate evaluation states the level of the German educational qualification to which your foreign qualification is comparable, 


How to apply for a Certificate of Equivalence

To apply for a Certificate of Equivalence please use the ZAB application form.

Please fill in the complete application form and enclose all relevant supporting documents. Please refer to the ZAB check list for information on which documents are needed. Send the signed application together with all supporting documents to:

Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB)
Postfach 2240
53012 Bonn

The application form will ask for documents regarding the recognition of your degree ( In case, your degree is not listed in the ANABIN database (ANABIN instructions), you can apply but please start to apply for a Certifiquate of Equivalence (application formdescription in English).

The cover letter is an important part of the application process as it allows you to tell us your motivations towards scientific research and for taking part in the internship. The cover letter is read carefully during the selection process in addition to the transcripts submitted with your application.

Please, go to the 'Required documents' section. There you can find the full list.

Download the Project Preference List here. Then open it using a PDF reader. Select three projects and rank them from 1 to 3 according to your preference (1 is the highest). Save the file in your application documents folder. Before you upload all the documents to the online system, combine them in one PDF file.

In case you cannot edit the interactive pdf, you can also print it and fill it out by hand or you label it on your PC/laptop/tablet/phone. How you fill out the list is not important, only that you do it.

Documents cannot be added to the online application system once the initial application has been submitted. Please take care to upload all documents in the first submission. Since all applications need to go through the application system, applications send via mail after the system is closed cannot be accepted.

All applications must be made via our online application system and therefore we are unable to accept applications made after the closing date.

There are free tools available to generate combined PDF files. There you can upload your individual PDFs and the tool generates a combined PDF.

This makes the review process faster and more straightforward. Moreover, it gives a more comprehensive overview of your application.

Yes. If you have successfully finished your summer internship (documentation of project work, presentation of the project during the symposium), then you get a certificate for your participation in the summer internship. In case, your university does not accept this certificate, please contact the coordinator to solve this program.


Dr. Ksenia Kuznetsova

Scientific Coordinator for Epigenetics

Contact Office

Epigenetics Office