Application schedules

Internships, Bachelor's- and Master's Thesis

Enquiries and applications are accepted at any time.

IMPRS annual schedule

Application deadline: 15th of November (the year before the programme starts)

Selection and interviews

Admission: about April or earlier

Start of the PhD-programme: 1st September

Jobs at MPA


Internships for students

MPA offers internships for high school and university students interested in astrophysics. Please note that the number of applications by far exceeds the number of internships we supervise.

General requirements:

  • High school / Abitur – marks or Bachelor marks higher than average (please attach certificates (as PDF file) to your application)
  • Interest in astrophysics; we are working on theoretical problems mainly
  • Good computing and programming skills
  • A minimum time schedule of 4 weeks, anything less is not worth it!
  • Contact us in time, a minimum of 2-3 months before you’d like begin your internship

We are happy if you are interested in doing an internship at MPA and are looking forward to your application. Please include your expectations and whether you are interested in a special field of research.

Send your application documents (cover letter, CV) as a PDF file (MS Office attachments will be rejected) to:

info (at)

or on paper to our mailing address:

Cornelia Rickl

Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik

Postfach 1317

D-85741 Garching

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