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5.4.4 - IP Practice (European Patent Academy - Munich)

Internships in conference and event management

These internships are open to students and recent graduates of courses and degrees in conference planning, event management, communication and marketing.

These events target:

  • the national patent offices of the EPC contracting states
  • patent offices of third countries having bilateral co-operation agreements with the EPO
  • patent professionals (preparation for the European qualifying examination; advanced vocational training)
  • judges and other enforcement officials (legal aspects of IP)

Aims of the internship

As an intern, you will

  • support - under the supervision of an experienced colleague of the IP Practice directorate at the European Patent Academy - the planning, organization and running of events of different size (from 1-day workshops for small groups to conferences for up to 200 participants) at EPO premises and, potentially, at other locations across Europe.
  • experience day to day working life in a truly international multilingual environment
  • report on your experiences to your tutor and the HR department


You must:

  • Be a national of one of the EPO member states.
  • Provide evidence of your own health insurance.
  • Be a student or recent graduate of event management, communication or marketing
  • Have skills in event organization
  • Have good written and spoken command of English and preferably some knowledge of French or German
  • Be an outgoing personality who likes to get things done, is able to keep several (parts of) projects on the go at once without losing the big picture
  • Have ability to "strike the right note" - approach people, assess their nature and communicate with them appropriately. Respect for clear hierarchical lines and tact are essential.
  • Have familiarity with the standard suite of Microsoft Office tools goes without saying


  • The EPO makes a contribution towards living costs. It does not cover any other expenses.
  • Two days leave per month, in addition to the Official holidays.
  • Opportunities to participate in social events such as the activities of clubs and societies.





How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of these internships you can do so using our online application form.

In the online application form within the “Training Area” please select 5.4.4 - IP Practice (European Patent Academy – Munich / Vienna / The Hague) in the 1st choice menu.

Applications which are not filled out completely will be rejected without further evaluation.

After submitting your application you will see a confirmation web screen. You will not receive a separate confirmation notification by e-mail. You will be informed about the outcome of the selection procedure within 6 weeks before the start of the Internship.

If you are shortlisted, you may be invited for an interview at our Office in Munich, via Skype or telephone.

Please note that 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.

Retrieve your draft application

If you save your application as a draft, you can retrieve it here.

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