Student Internship Program Resonators 2024


The aim of the Resonators 2024 project is to create a unique internship platform for talented students of disciplines related to optics and photonics, who undertake their studies at polish universities. Interns, selected in an open competition, will receive scholarships to cover the costs of changing their place of residence for the duration of the internship. At the same time, students participating in the project will be covered by a program of specialized training courses aimed at strengthening their soft skills.


Edition 2024

In this year’s edition, Scholars can choose internship project proposals proposed by tutors from the University of Warsaw, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, the International Centre for Translational Eye Research and Polish Technological Platform on Photonics. By decision of the Candela Foundation Management Board, this year, the scholarship is awarded to 6 young researchers.

Who can apply?

Students of disciplines related to optics and photonics. The condition for participation in the program is to complete your internship in a city other than the one in which you are currently studying; in the 2024 edition it is Warsaw, Wrocław and Ożarów Mazowiecki.


About the Edition

Scholarship holders selected in an open competition

Magdalena Wietrzyńska – will undergo the scholarship at the University of Warsaw

Sara Łukasik – will undergo the scholarship at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Magdalena Smolis – will undergo the scholarship at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Aleksandra Merchel – will undergo the scholarship at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Wiktoria Szymska – will undergo the scholarship at the Warsaw University of Technology

Ivan Davydenko will undergo the scholarship at the University of Warsaw



Supervisors: dr inż. Lukasz Sterczewski and dr hab. inż. Jaroslaw Sotor

Hosting Organization: Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Proposed topics of the internship: What is essential is invisible to the eye – the fascinating world of terahertz waves

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Supervisors: dr inż. Mateusz Szatkowski and prof. dr hab. Jan Masajada

Hosting Organization: Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Proposed topics of the internship:

In the Singular Optics Group, we center our research around laser beam shaping. We develop techniques, algorithms, and supply our laboratory with tools that allow us to pursue the concept of purposefully tailored beams. In particular, we are interested in structured light containing phase singularities—points in the optical field where the phase is undetermined (e.g. optical vortices). We both design, explore and apply these fields in various scenarios, ranging from metrology and wavefront sensing to free space communication protocols.

The proposed project will be devoted to the same concept. The student will have an opportunity to learn modern beam-shaping techniques, mainly using digital holography. They will then realize their own project dedicated to the characterization of structured light, including orbital angular momentum modal analysis or vector fields polarimetry.

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Supervisors: dr hab. inż. Maciej Trusiak and dr inż. Piotr Zdańkowski

Hosting organization: Warsaw University of Technology

Proposed topics of the internship: Computational microscopy for biomedical imaging

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Supervisors: dr. hab. Katarzyna Komar and dr Daniel Rumiński

Hosting organization:  Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

Proposed topics of the internship: Investigations of two-photon vision – a perception of light based on two-photon absorption. Pulsed near-infrared laser beams are perceived as having a color of their half-wavelength counterparts. The effect can be used in ophthalmic diagnostics and augmented reality glasses. The student will participate as an operator in psychophysical measurements on a two-photon vision test system at the Institute of Physics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. The light source is a tunable OPO (optical parametric oscillator) that allows obtaining the full spectrum of two-photon stimuli (850-1300 nm). Measurements of adaptation to darkness and brightness of two-photon stimuli at different background intensities are planned. The study will allow to distinguish the degree of stimulation of cones and rods in the process of two-photon light perception.

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Supervisors: prof. dr hab. Marek Trippenbach and dr Grzegorz Łach

Internship Hosting Organization: University of Warsaw

Proposed topics of the internship:
This project is focused on the, so far unexplored, issue of stationary and dynamically-persistent nonlinear modes in 1D, and 2D systems with a spin-orbit coupling, in which non-hermitian effects are included. We will focus on structured photonic fibers with PT symmetry, and in Bose-Einstein condensates with spin-orbit couplings (SOCs) trapped in PT symmetric external potentials.
We plan to analyze possibility of experimental realization of the (PT) symmetric dynamics in fibers with multiple cores and eventually prepare experiment. In the beginning we will consider the simplest case of two core fiber, ensuring that each core has its own functionality. The first core will play a role of a gain channel and the second one will be lossy, both with tunable characteristics. Theoretical (including simulations) and experimental work (in the laboratory of prof. Buczynski from Physics Department) can be included. It is a current subject of our investigations.

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Supervisors: dr Tomasz Jakubczyk and Nilesh Dalla

Hosting organization: Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Warsaw) 

Proposed topics of internship: 

We aim to understand the fundamental physical properties of novel quantum emitters, such as defect centers in layered materials or atomic defects in diamond and gallium nitride. Toward this end we plan to study them with resonant spectroscopy techniques. High order nonlinear optical signals, that provide the most complete set of information, are so far too weak to be measured for such defects. We want to change this by functionalization of the emitters with an open cavity with a small mode volume.

The main task of the project will consist of developing a novel microscopy technique that combines the efficiency of a solid immersion lens with the flexibility of a scanning confocal microscope. This will enable efficient collection of signals from quantum emitters that are either freestanding or embedded in low mode volume and high finesse open microcavity.

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Supervisors: Maciej J. Nowakowski and dr inż. Adam Piotrowski

Hosting organization: Polish Technological Platform on Photonics

Proposed topics of internship: Photonics 4 Defence – Polish photonics at MSPO 2024
You will be a part of the team preparing joint pavilion of the leading Polish companies at the 3rd largest defence exhibition in Europe: MSPO in Kielce.
If interested, you can join us as the PPTF’s pavilion crew member in Kielce, 3-6.09.2024.

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Application submission opens

Application deadline

Completion of the formal assessment

Announcement of the results

Preparation and sending of the scholarship contract.

Resonators Workshop – Warsaw


Scholarship Committee

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

The estimated net amount of the scholarship is about PLN 8 500 PLN  (Scholarship is tax-free, GROSS value = NET value)

Yes, it is possible – please send a message to In the case of this year’s Edition, only employees of the University of Warsaw, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, International Centre for Translational Eye Research and Polish Technological Platform on Photonics can become an Internship Supervisor. We also encourage interested persons representing other Organizations to contact us – this will allow us to include you in future Editions.

The fields of study related to optics and photonics are in particular:

  • physics, engineering physics, applied physics, mathematical physics,optics, applied optics, photonics, optometry, information optics, optical engineering, fibre optics, photonic engineering,
  • mechatronics, telecommunications, nanotechnology, nanostructure engineering, materials physics, nanoengineering, condensed matter physics, semiconductor physics,
  • optoelectronics, electronics, electrical engineering,
  • quantum engineering, quantum technology,
  • chemistry,
  • biophysics, biomedical engineering, biomedical optics

However, this list is not closed. In case of doubts about the course qualifying as a course related to optics and photonics, binding information can be obtained from the Edition Coordinator available at the email address

Additional information is provided by the Program Coordinators at the email address:

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