New Helmholtz Munich Internship Program for Postdocs

The new program allows postdocs to work in industry or the public sector for up to 3 months while continuing their employment at Helmholtz Munich. Join our info event to learn more!

The Scientific Talent and Career Development Team will launch a new program to support the career development of postdocs at Helmholtz Munich. As part of this program, selected postdocs have the opportunity to conduct a paid internship! The Career Center for Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs as successfully acquired additional funds from Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund to establish this program.

The internship program allows postdocs with a Helmholtz Munich employment contract to leave the academic world and mindset for a limited time period (1-3 months) to conduct a paid internship with a company or an organization of the public or private sector. Interested postdocs need to identify and approach suitable internship partners themselves, but will receive support by the Career Center.

During the internship, the postdoc will remain employed at Helmholtz Munich and your contract will be extended for the duration of the fellowship. As part of this program, your will continue to receive your salary as well as travel and housing costs if applicable. 

During your internship, you will gain new skills, develop professional networks outside academia, encounter entrepreneurial thinking and new management tools and gain an understanding for translational pathways. It will support you to gain confidence in your career choice and to gain a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurial and translational mindset. The internship could hence be a door opener for a transition to industry or just a brief pause from your academic career.

For Helmholtz institutes and PI, the program means a great opportunity to support your career development that is such an essential part of the postdoc period and to extend their collaboration with industry and public sector partners. The first application period for the internship program will be from December 15, 2022, to January 15, 2023. The internship can be started between April 1, 2023 and January 1, 2024.

Who is eligible for this program?

  • Postdocs with a limited-time work contract at Helmholtz Munich. Please note that postdocs who completed their doctorate more than 6 years ago are also eligible.
  • As a minimum required, you need to have your doctoral thesis defended before starting the fellowship.

Detailed information on the program and respective application forms will soon be available on the webpage (currently this page is still under construction).

++++++For further information on the program, we warmly invite you to join the online info session on November 29, 2022, 3-4 pm. ++++++

Please register here for the info session.

If you are unable to join this session, or have questions, about the program, please contact us via