These internships are open to talented graduates who have recently completed a degree in law, international relations, European affairs, economics, communication or marketing.
They are available in the following EPO departments:
– Financial Controlling and Statistics
– External Communications
– Legal Research and Administration
– Internal Communication
– Brussels Bureau
– European Co-operation
– International Cooperation
– Patent Law
– International Legal Affairs, PCT
– Legal Division
– International Organisations, Trilateral & IP5
– Patent Information – European Patent Academy
– And others…
Under the supervision of a lawyer or administrator, interns spend their four-month internship as follows:
- learning about the department’s activities
- building on the knowledge they acquired during their studies
- familiarising themselves with various aspects of the European patent system
- gaining first-hand experience of working in an international organisation
The number of places available is limited and is reviewed every year.
Internships are offered in the different sites, but primarily in Munich.
Two internship periods are available each year as follows:
- March-June (closing date for applications: 31 October of the previous year)
- September-December (closing date for applications: 30 April)
The EPO makes a contribution towards living costs (on condition that they do not receive financial support from any other source). It does not cover any other expenses.
Interns must provide evidence of health insurance.
- hold a recognised university degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in the field of patent law or intellectual property. In the latter case, the main subject of the degree should be related to the work done in the department concerned. Priority will be given to applicants who either already have a postgraduate degree or who are currently studying for one.
- have completed their university degree no more than two years prior to the beginning of the internship.
- have a very good knowledge of one of the EPO’s official languages (English, French and German) and a good knowledge of another.
- be nationals of one of the EPO member states
How to apply
If you would like to apply for one of these internships you can do so using our online application form.
After submitting your application you will see a confirmation web screen. You will not receive a separate confirmation notification by e-mail.
The form is in English, but you may complete it in French or German if you wish. You may submit your CV and/or motivation letter in any of these three languages.
Shortlisted applicants may be required to submit further supporting documents (e.g. university diploma) and may be interviewed by a tutor.
Please note that the EPO operates a strict policy of pre-employment screening for new staff. Before the screening process commences, you will be asked to give your written consent. Screening is pre-requisite. Those who do not give their consent will therefore not be considered.
For more information visit this website.