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European Patent Office

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Pan-European Seal

The European Patent Office is proud to announce its participation in the Pan-European Seal Professional Internship Programme starting in October 2015.

The programme, which is run by the EPO together with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and partner universities, covers many academic areas and offers 100 paid internship posts every year.

Forming a bridge between academia and the IP labour market, the programme gives high-achieving young university graduates the opportunity to gain over one year paid internship,  valuable on-the-job professional work experience in the multicultural environments of the EUIPO and the EPO.

More information about the programme can be found on the Pan-European Seal programme homepage

Through its cooperation with University partners, the Pan-European Seal offers an extensive catalogue of IP training materials, providing professional input to academic education and helping improve the professional qualifications of young graduates.  

e-learning courses on patents 

Requirements for science and engineering students:

  • Be a national of one of the EPO member states.
  • Hold a Bachelor's/ Master's degree (or equivalent qualifications) in a technical field (i.e. chemical/mechanical/computer engineering, telecom, material science, electronics, statistics or data analysis) obtained no more than 2 years prior to the date of application or still be enrolled at a University for a further degree.
  • Have a very good knowledge of technical English. Knowledge of technical German and/or technical French is required for some technical fields.
  • Candidates must indicate on their CV or motivation letter 3 to 5 CPC classes or sub-classes of their field of competence (See EspaceNet > http://worldwide.espacenet.com/?locale=en_EP).
  • Candidates must have completed at least one online EPO e-Learning course with certificate.

Requirements for non-science and engineering students:

  • Be a national of one of the EPO member states.
  • Hold a Bachelor's/ Master's degree (or equivalent qualifications) in any of the eligible academic areas (i.e. law, economy, international relations, European affairs, political sciences, communication or marketing) obtained no more than 2 years prior to the date of application.
  • Have a very good level of English language and ability to understand French or German.
  • Candidates must have completed at least one online EPO e-Learning course with certificate.
  • Participation in international programmes such as Erasmus, will be considered favourably.
  • Have customer service, organisational and prioritisation skills, communication skills, capacity to analyse problems and find appropriate solutions, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility and self-initiative.

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