The GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) is a unique opportunity for non-European students selected by their home institutions to gain some early international scientific research experience at Grenoble’s state-of-the-art facilities.
You want to welcome an international student in your lab, your startup or your company in 2024 ?
The GIIP team helps you to welcome your intern and accompany you at every steps!
(The placement allowance is paid by the host organisation. Before submitting make sure
that the budget has been approved by your line manager)
You have questions and you wish to know more about the GIIP ?
Contact Floriane MARCUCCINI, programme officer
firstname.lastname@example.org / 04 38 78 02 09
Make Grenoble the number one destination in France for high-level research experience.
In short, the GIIP is a 3 to 6 month internship in a laboratory, start-up or company on the GIANT Campus.
Benefits for partner universities
The scheme offers a simplified, reassuring, turnkey experience with a single point of contact within the GIANT team.
Their students can concentrate on their placement project and their experience in France as soon as they arrive, without wasting time on administrative formalities.
GIIP allows students to access and visit cutting-edge facilities that are usually inaccessible to them.
An advantage for Grenoble-based supervisors.
Hosting a trainee with the GIIP means that you will be supported at every stage of the trainee’s integration.
It is also an opportunity for them to :
– Identify top-level talent, particularly for a doctoral programme
– Establish or strengthen international collaborations with a university by demonstrating the feasibility and reliability of hosting an international intern
– Contribute to the visibility and promotion of their laboratory’s or company’s international activities
Who can take part in GIIP?
All the laboratories and structures on the GIANT Campus, as well as start-ups and companies in the Grenoble ecosystem can offer a GIIP internship to an international student.
Please note that only international students (whether on exchange or not) are eligible for the programme.
The different stages of GIIP :
Have you already identified a student from an international university?
Get in touch with the GIIP team so that we can take over and integrate your
student into the programme.
Do you have any questions or would you like to find out more about GIIP?Contact Floriane MARCUCCINI, programme coordinator: email@example.com / 04 38 78 02 09
GIIP partner universities:
Since 2011, the GIIP has welcomed more than 330 students from partner universities around the world, whether through collaborative programmes, international exchanges or otherwise.
-University of Pennsylvania: SEAS REACT Project (NSF PIRE)
-Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT (Massachusetts) : MIT-France MISTI programme
-University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania): HYBRID project (NSF PIRE)
-University of Berkeley (California)
-Syracuse University (NY)
-Northeastern University (Massachusetts)
-Stanislaus University (California)
-Furman University (Carolina)
-University of Louisiana (LSU)
-University of Toronto
-University of Connecticut
-University of Alabama
-University of Carnegie Mellon
-University of Stanford
-University of Florida
-Xavier University, New Orleans (Louisiana)
-University of Sherbrooke
-Chiba University (Tokyo), Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering
-Keio University (Tokyo), School of Integrated Design Engineering
-University of Tsukuba
-University of Kyūshū
-Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
-University of Witwater
University of Cuyo (ARFITEC)
University of San Martin (ARFITEC)
Federal University of Paraiba
Federal University of Lavras (BRAFITEC)
University of Lima
San Sebastian Mobility Agency (partnership via Grenoble Alpes Métropole)
The GIANT International Internship Programme and its predecessor the MINATEC Summer Program in figures:
- 303 international students since 2011
- 20 interns have returned to Grenoble for their thesis, postdoc, or for another internship.
SOFIA LOBO, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, GIIP SUMMER INTAKE 2017
« Being a part of MISTI France has given me the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge into a world that was previously unknown to me. I learned so much during my time here, especially due to working in a clean room every day and being a part of a foreign environment. Coming to France for the summer has been the most exciting, adventurous, and liberating learning experience and I am so excited for the knowledge and connections it will bring into my future. »
EDGAR CAMPBELL, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY STANISLAUS, GIIP SUMMER INTAKE 2013, EXTENDED HIS STAY UNTIL DECEMBER 2014
« I liked the lab I was placed in. I developed a good relationship with my mentor and was able to learn a lot of techniques. I liked the freedom the lab gave me. I was able to travel all over Europe and North Africa. I also liked the proximity of the mountains and beautiful hiking trails. I appreciated the public transportation, which is rare in America. I liked the large student population in the city. I was able to make a lot of friends from around the world. »
Why did you choose to stay in Grenoble for your research?
The initial internship was only for two months. I received money from both LSU and EMBL for those two months. I chose to stay in Grenoble because I liked the adventure it afforded me. I wanted to see how long I could last in a foreign environment. I wanted to travel and see as much of Europe as I could. I also wanted to get a publication to make myself a better candidate for grad school. My stay was extended multiple times. My project was progressing well and my supervisor wanted me to stay to finish it.
If you had something to say to the future interns who come to Grenoble, what would it be?
I would tell them to step out of their comfort zone. I have seen two groups of Americans come and go and they both created this little American bubble where they were safe from the strange French world outside. I started out of in this bubble as well, but I didn’t really realize it until it was gone. The bubble was a bit like being one of those tourists that get into those big, comfortable, air-conditioned buses and only see beautiful thing through the windows. It is a richer experience when you set out of that bubble and immerse yourself into a new culture.
DHRUV SESHADRI, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, GIIP SUMMER INTAKE 2014
« The GIIP program enabled me to do research at a high level in an international setting. I am extremely grateful for everything my colleagues and friends have done for me in France and look forward to keeping the connection. Grenoble is a fantastic place to do high class research and I strongly encourage those interested to pursue this awesome opportunity. »
STACIE FAIRLEY, ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY, MSP SUMMER 2012, RETURNED AS A POSTDOC
Where were you and what did you do before you came to Grenoble the first time?
« I am originally from Collins, MS. I went to school at Alabama State University, I studied Microbiology with emphasis on Immunology, Vaccine Development, and Nanoscience. Before coming to Grenoble, I was completing my PhD at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL. »
How did you find out about the program, and why did you choose to come to Grenoble?
« I found out about the program through UPenn. I wanted to be a global researcher. I also wanted to see how different countries conduct research and thereby learn a different approach to doing science. »
Can you describe a typical day in Grenoble?
« I work from 9-5. My colleagues and I usually meet for dinner and drinks after work. Some days we schedule social events such as laser tag, poker night, movie night, bowling night, etc. I usually end my day drinking coffee on the balcony overlooking the mountains. »
Since 2011, the work of the 330 students hosted by the GIIP has contributed to a number of scientific publications, some of which are listed below
- 18 publications
Past research topics
The GIIP’s research topics since 2011 have been very varied.
You can now consult the topics from previous years here.
You are a GIANT Campus researcher, local start-up or company with questions about GIIP and how it works?
You are a student from a partner university or programme and have questions about the programme?
You are a member of the teaching staff of a non-European university and you are interested in setting up a partnership enabling your students to take part in the GIIP?
You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the GIIP team!
The programme is supported financially by: