Merck Innovation Summer School 2019 – Intrapreneurship Program for Masters & PhD students (Funded)

Date limite d'inscription: 25 de mars 2019

Up to twelve brilliant international students, one unique opportunity: the chance to attend the 3-month Innovation Summer School of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany at the Merck Innovation Center this June.

Merck is looking for up to 12 PhD and experienced Masters students from any discipline, studying at one of the world’s top universities. Do you enjoy working on novel ideas with the potential to generate transformational change? Then, this is a great opportunity for you!

Tne Innovation Center situated at Mercks’ Headquarters in Darmstadt, the city of science, aims to develop entirely new businesses and technologies beyond our current scope. It is our company´s core to bring the brightest people, most promising ideas and cutting-edge facilities together from different disciplines.

The Merck Innovation Summer School

It is a paid 3-month intrapreneurship program (June-August 2019) that allows you to learn about intrapreneurship, meaning innovation in a corporate environment, and grow a seed idea into a “pitchable” innovation concept.

The program is designed for PhD students and experienced Masters students and is fully integrated into our Innovation Center.

Merck is looking for outstandingly talented individuals to absorb everything they can about innovation from Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany experts, and ideate around key Champs d'innovation at our company.

The program is designed to develop exceptional talent from around the world through intensive innovation trainings, involvement in innovation practice, and hands-on project experience at a state-of-the art Innovation Center. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to develop new innovation projects that lead to new businesses. The Innovation Summer School intrapreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas at the end of the 3-month program, which could become real innovation projects.


PhD or experienced Master student (all genders) from an internationally renowned university (must still be an enrolled student!)
• Knowledge in one of the three Innovation Fields and/or a function (e.g. business, law, medicine, design…)
• Knowledge in innovation methods (e.g. design thinking) and entrepreneurship would be an advantage
• Team player with high organizational and analytical skills
• Structured and reliable working attitude, curiosity to explore new fields
• Creative, open-minded, and committed individual
• Startup experience (optional)
• Strong communication skills in English
• Enjoy working in an international and diverse environment


  • Starting on 3 June 2019, participants will join an interdisciplinary team of up to 6 PhD and Masters students covering all science disciplines.
  • Each team will work on developing an innovation project within one of our three Innovation Fields from scratch and pitching an innovation concept that is relevant and meaningful for our innovation strategy.
  • Each team will be required to network across the company to involve the most suitable experts from around the world to support and join their team.


At the the Summer School, you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of how a leading global science and technology company drives innovation and change from its futuristic Innovation Center at the company’s headquarters.
  • Discover how a global player like Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany enables innovation within corporate structures in a flexible, agile and modern future work environment
  • Faites-vous payer pour apprendre en tant qu'intrapreneur, comprendre les défis et les chances de l'innovation en entreprise.
  • Benefit from the support of two student organizations: the German National Board of Young Chemists Association (JungChemikerForum) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), and the Young Business Chemists (Junge WirtschaftschemikerInnen).
  • Recevez une aide au logement à Darmstadt
  • Experience a truly intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment with a unique mix of young and experienced talents from around the world
  • Attend cultural and fun activities, for example the Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Last Night of the Proms” garden concert
  • Recevoir une certification du Centre d'Innovation comme preuve d'expertise
  • Découvrez la région Rhin-Main au centre de l’Allemagne depuis Darmstadt, la Cité des sciences
  • Obtenir de l'aide pour les demandes de visa, au besoin

Pour plus d'informations:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Merck Innovation Summer School 2019

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