Warning: The UFAL internship program is temporarily suspended. However, you might try to find your potential supervisor among the UFAL researchers yourself and start negotiating directly with him/her.


UFAL encourages excellent students from all countries to exploit the opportunity of spending one to three months in a full-time research internship position at UFAL.

Three internship positions are offered every year: a spring internship, a summer internship and a fall internship. One student will be selected for each. The student will receive a unique opportunity of participating in research carried out at UFAL, or running his/her own short-term research project under guidenance of one of the UFAL's professors or senior research associates. A joint publication is expected to result from the cooperation initiated during the internship. In addition, the student may attend master and phd courses taught at UFAL during the internship.

An ideal candidate is expected to:

  • have an excellent background in Computer Science,
  • be deeply interested in Natural Language Processing, or Machine Learning, or Artificial Intelligence, or Data Mining, or the like,
  • be interested in academic or industrial research, or both
  • at the time of the application as well as in the time of the expected internship stay be enrolled in a Bachelor, Master, or PhD program at any university worldwide.

Student candidates should indicate their preferences for research topics already in their applications. Possible research directions include (but are not limited to):

  • machine translation,
  • parsing,
  • dialog systems,
  • morphology and tagging,
  • semantic role labeling,
  • named entity recognition,
  • anaphora resolution,
  • information retrieval, information extraction and summarization,
  • multimodal analysis involving language (and images, video, etc.),
  • natural language generation,
  • machine learning methods for all of the above.

The internship is partially paid: travel expenses up to 15,000 CZK and accomodation expenses up to 4,000 CZK/month, or the actual expenses (whichever is lower) will be covered by UFAL. Students with genuinely outstanding research results achieved during the stay might receive further financial bonus (fully at the discretion of UFAL).

Formally, candidates will not become students of Charles University in Prague. They will have a visitor status, however, they will be allowed to attend any course taught by UFAL and, whenever possible, also courses of other departments.

Important dates:

Period Deadline for applications Notification of acceptance
Spring Internship (roughly March-May) December 15 January 15
Summer Internship (roughly June-August) March 15 April 15
Fall Internship (roughly September-November) June 15 July 15


Important: For the autumn 2016 term, we specifically search for applicants native in Japanese. The exact research topic is open, but preference will be given to applicants interested in machine translation, with a strong background in computer science (among others cluster computing and neural network models) and also some background in linguistics.


Applications for the internship must be sent by email to Zdeněk Žabokrtský (zabokrtsky@ufal.mff.cuni.cz). Each application must contain the following:

  • CV, including a clear indication of which study program the candidate is currently enrolled in,
  • a short motivation letter,
  • a list of passed university courses related to mathematics, CS, NLP, ML, AI, including grades (plus description of the grading scheme),
  • a list of publications, if any,
  • preferred stay duration (within the maximum duration),
  • preferred research topics, or a short-term research project proposal.