VIA (Volontaires Internationaux en Administration)

For members of: 
European Union + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
Deadline to submit applications: 
05-FEB-18 (23:59 CET)

Re-opening soon for applications.

The VIA (Volontaires Internationaux en Administration) is a French international corporate placement programme for young professionals between the age of 18 and 28 who are European Union nationals. This year the VIA Programme awards approximately 25 positions.

This is a special agreement between CERN and the MAEDI (Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international).

This programme is aimed at recent graduates from university or higher technical institutes seeking further training in a wide area of projects. Selected trainees will join a team working at CERN and have the opportunity to enlarge their knowledge through participation in the hi-tech activities of the laboratory, in fields such as computer science, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, cryogenics, ultra-high vacuum, radiation protection, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, development of conventional, super-conducting magnets, surveying, large scale metrology and positioning systems. It is also intended for administrative graduates.

More information about this program can be found on

Projects 2018

Contact: VIA-Support-Team

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN’s mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.


  • You are a European Union national or European Economic Area (EU + Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein).
  • You are between 18 and 28 years old included (you must not be over 28 years old on 01.09.2018, this means you should have been born after 1st September 1989).
  • You studied in the field of applied science, computing, engineering, or administration and you hold a university degree (Bachelor or Master) (or are about to graduate - see below).
  • You have between 0 and 5 years of relevant experience (after your diploma).
  • Candidates who are currently preparing a diploma are eligible to apply. However, they are expected to have obtained their diploma by the time they take up their appointment at CERN.
  • You should not have worked at CERN under another trainee contract of 2 years (e.g. FTEC, FCT programme)
  • Monthly subsistence of CHF 4,128
  • Contract from 12 to 24 months
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month
  • ~40 hours/week
  • Insurance coverage by a French Insurance company (at the moment Cabinet Filhet-Allard & Cie, Paris)
  • VIA can live in Switzerland without any restriction and in a limited catchment area on the French side



The required documents are:

  • a completed electronic application form
  • a CV
  • a copy of your most recent (highest) qualification (if not yet obtained, latest version of your academic transcript and certificate of expected graduation date)
  • a reference letter (recommended)
  • a motivational letter (recommended)

The application form and the above-mentioned required documents have to be uploaded to your candidate profile using this e-recruitment system. Incomplete applications at the deadline will not be considered.

Applications are considered once a year, in March.

Contracts are expected to start on 1st September 2018.


Re-opening soon for applications

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