Summer research internships at GIANT labs

With ISERE, a select number of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students from around the world are given the opportunity to perform research as interns at GIANT’s state-of-the-art laboratories.

Since 2011, the MINATEC Summer Program has brought foreign students—mainly from the University of Pennsylvania, Louisiana State University, and MIT—to MINATEC for 10- to 12-week research internships (from May to August). Participants are admitted on application to the ISERE program, where they get an opportunity to conduct their research at state-of-the-art MINATEC and GIANT labs. The goal is to give these students a deeper understanding of the research being carried out in France and enable them to discover Grenoble’s rich innovation ecosystem.

In addition to a unique research experience, ISERE also offers participants.

  • Weekly talks on technology-related topics, followed by a networking lunch or dinner
  • Visits of GIANT’s main research facilities like the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Institut Laue-Langevin, and Institut Néel
  • An international weekend with Summer School @ MINATEC students
  • Numerous social and cultural activities like wine and cheese tastings


A total of nine students participated in ISERE in 2011, including seven from the United States (four from UPenn), one from Canada, and one from Peru. Learn more about their research projects here.

Twelve students participated in ISERE in 2012, including four from UPenn, six from LSU, and two from MIT.


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