Internships and stages at ICFO

for a while!

In order to promote science and foster research careers in exceptionally talented young students, ICFO hosts various internship programs, offering the opportunity for involvement in research life, which often constitutes a student’s first experience in a research project at the very frontier of science in optics and photonics. We have several programs directed to different ages.


ICFO participates in the Youth and Science program (Joves i Ciència/ E2C3) sponsored by Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera. ICFO also collaborates with the International Baccalaureate® studies, CiMs+CELLEX. In this context, ICFO hosts stays of “Joves i Ciència” and “CiMs+CELLEX” fellows as well as of participants of the “BIYSC-Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge” program during the summer period, allowing students to experience the daily life of researchers working at the very frontier of science.
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ICFO’s Summer Fellows program provides a unique opportunity to carry out a challenging research project in one of the topics active at ICFO. The program, supported by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera · Ignacio Cirac Program Chair, aims at giving outstanding students early exposure to frontier science and research. For more information, click here.


Challenges to leveraging innovation

ICFO organizes photonics challenges to promote the opportunities that photonics pose to innovation ICFO creates challenges that give participants the chance to use their own creativity to design, build and test solutions that integrate photonics. These projects are...

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Workshops: putting photonics to work

Hands on activities customized for target audiences ICFO creates workshops around different STEM topics underlying photonics for different age groups. These hands on activities enable participants to learn about photonics in fun ways. They vary in content and format...

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Guided visits to ICFO

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO opens its door to interested people, who can visit ICFO's facilities. Visitors will discover the latest advances in the field of photonics developed at ICFO, they will acquire interesting information about the physics...

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Talks, lectures and LIGHTtalks

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO gives and organizes talks in different formats that are directed to different target audiences. We give the talk in or outside ICFO, at schools, museums, congresses, etc. To see our upcoming talks, please visit the...

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