Student Placement, Exhibition Development

From September 2022 for 12 months


CERN’s exhibitions team is developing content for an exciting new project – the Science Gateway - a complex of exhibitions, labs and event spaces in a Renzo Piano designed building currently under construction. The team is producing 3 major new exhibitions offering hands-on experimentation for age 8 and up, due to open in June 2023.  The team also develops exhibits for guided visit itineraries at 10 locations across the CERN site and is  the focal point for exchanges with external museums working on CERN-related content.

This is an opportunity to work in an international environment, gain a wide variety of science communication experience and be involved in this unique project in the run up to its opening. Take part!

Student Placement

As a member of CERN’s exhibitions team, you will work with colleagues to carry out the following tasks:

  • Assist the colleague responsible for developing hands-on exhibits, following up on both content and logistics issues with suppliers and also scientists here at CERN;
  • With the lead writer, contribute to editing texts for the labels of interactives, objects, multimedia or hands-on experiments, coordination of their translation and integration into exhibits;
  • Accompany the technical lead during the installation phase of the exhibitions, in ensuring day to day logistics support of the scenographers, media designers, build teams and artists;
  • Participate in the evaluation of content with target audience groups, during the soft opening (May 2023) and beyond.
  • Contribute to the follow up of external requests for use of CERN exhibition material.
  • Contribute to the wider work of the team, including general administrative tasks such as organisation of meetings.


  • A strong interest in physics, astronomy and related technologies
  • Excellent language skills in English and/or French
  • Familiarity with MS Office
  • Organisational and planning skills, able to solve problems swiftly and autonomously
  • A good team player
  • Experience working on evaluation projects would be an advantage, as would any editorial experience.

Qualification requirements

You are enrolled in a university course, ideally in science communication, social studies or a related subject

This vacancy is for work based at CERN within the Administrative Student Programme, within which students can spend a training period of 2 to 12 months during the course of their studies (Bachelor or Master). An extension of up to a total maximum of 14 months may be given.

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Please note clearly that your application is for Science Gateway Exhibitions as this is a CERN-wide recruitment.