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Internship projects for PhD students

This program is open to PhD students employed at KI and enrolled in the doctoral course Career skills for scientists (2463). Career Service offers up to 20 internship positions (1 month with a financed salary) at a company or organization within both private and public sector.

Current announcement: Course 2020

Application opens: March 2020

Mingle for questions and meeting: March 2020

Application deadline: March 2020

Internship performed during: May-Nov 2020


Participating companies and organizations: To be confirmed


Make sure you read the general info on this page to be aware of the process.
The full project descriptions can be found on the bottom of the KI Collaboration portal.

Eligibility and general procedure

To be eligible to apply you need to:

 1. Be a PhD student during the time of application
 2. Be employed at KI (as PhD student or otherwise) during time of internship
 3. Have taken the course Career Skills for Scientists
     - the year of the call
     - the year prior to the call, in case you didn't perform an internship that year
 4. Get consent from your supervisor and HR responsible

In short, the organizations provide us with project proposals and the projects will be announced by KI Career Service. There is a company mingle where you can ask questions, and you can apply to up to three projects. The organizations proceed with interviewing the candidates and make a final selection. KI Career Service announces if you get an internship offer.

Application process

  1. Get permission from your supervisor and the HR responsible at your department and fill out the confirmation document. Save the document with your NAME: Firstname-Surname_Confirmation.pdf
  2. Tailor your CV(s) and Cover Letter(s) for the project(s) you want to apply to (max 3). Save them with your NAME: Firstname-Surname_CV_Company.pdf and Firstname-Surname_Cover-Letter_Company.pdf
  3. Apply though the KI Collaboration portal before the deadline. Late application will not be considered, and we advise to apply well in advance.


User manual for applicants (pdf). If you encounter problems, please email

Graphical overview of the internship process for PhD students organized by KI Career Service
Graphical overview of the internship process for PhD students organized by KI Career Service

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 traveling and cannot sign the confirmation letter this week. What should I do?
A: Ask the supervisor to confirm that he/she supports 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 will defend my thesis before the potential internship starts. Can I apply for the internship projects anyway?
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 will 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, without showing 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.

Q: When will the selection be finished?
A: The process is usually finalized within four weeks after application deadline. 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 took the course in recent years but wasn’t selected for an internship. Can I apply again?
A: Yes. If your supervisor agree and sign the confirmation letter.

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

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

Q: When will the next round of internship projects be advertised?
A: In March 2019.

Example companies and organizations: 2019

  • ABG Sundal Collier
  • Combigene
  • Vetenskap o Allmänhet
  • Cartana
  • Synergus
  • Sprint Bioscience
  • The Swedish Research Council
  • Swedish Armed Forces
  • Bayer
  • ElitOrtopedi
  • Oriflame
  • Mabtech
  • Notch Communications
  • BMS
  • Dfind


Ayla De Paepe

Career program manager supporting PhD students