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Internship projects for postdocs and early career researchers

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, with a financed salary, at a company or organization within both private and public sector every year.

Current announcement: Fall 2019

Application opens: Oct 1st

Mingle for questions and meeting: Oct 3rd, 4-5pm at CHaSE, Aula Medica

Application deadline: Oct 14th

Internship performed during: Spring term 2020


Participating companies and organizations:

  • Affibody (will be at mingle)
  • Cartana
  • Connected Senses (will be at mingle)
  • Forska!Sverige
  • Försvarsmakten
  • Oriflame (will be at mingle)
  • PTC Therapeutics
  • Randstad
  • Schain Research
  • SEB
  • Sigrid Therapeutics
  • Synergus RWE (will be at mingle)
  • Vetenskap & Allmänhet (will be at mingle)

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.

Following announcement: Spring 2020

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Eligibility and general procedure

To be eligible to apply you need to:

 1. Hold a PhD
 2. Have a temporary employment at KI, or be on a KI stipend
 3. 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. You can apply to up to three projects. The organizations proceed with interviewing the candidates and make a final selection. KI Career Service announce the selection.

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.

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 CVs for the projects you want to apply to (max 3). Save them with your NAME: Firstname-surname-CV-Company.pdf. No cover letter is required unless stated otherwise in the project proposals.
  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 postdocs and early career researchers organized by KI Career Service
Graphical overview of the internship process for postdocs and early career researchers 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 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: Should I send my cover letter?
A: No. Career service and the companies want 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 hold a PhD, are employed on a time limited/fixed term contract with KI or on a KI stipend and have a signed confirmation letter you can apply.

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

Q: I just submitted my CV(s) and supervisor's confirmation letter, what happens now?
A: Career Service will check your confirmation letter. If you are eligible, the companies will get access to your CV. They have a couple of weeks to read all applications, interview candidates and give us their ranking. We will communicate with you if you are selected and ask if you would like to accept or decline the offer. It might be that you are ranked as top candidate by multiple companies, in which case you get to choose. Once all the internship positions have been assigned, we will inform anyone who did not get selected.

Q: When will the selection be finished?
A: Career service aims that the process should be finalized within four weeks after submission 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 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: 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.


Career program manager supporting postdocs and researchers