Every year, the EPO offers a limited number of three to six-month internships to engineering and science students who hold the minimum requirement of a technical bachelor's (or equivalent level) degree.
This is a unique opportunity to discover one of the world's leading patent offices and to work in a truly international environment. Interns work side by side with examiners who tutor them throughout the internship. They carry out complex re-classification work on patent applications and receive training relating to patents and other areas of IP, and various aspects of an examiner's work.
As an intern, you will
The number of places available is limited and is reviewed every session. Internships are offered in the different sites, but primarily in Munich and The Hague.
The next internships will start on 16 March 2015, this date is compulsory.
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.
Application procedure for the session starting on 16 March 2015 is now closed.
In the application form (Select Other placement), under the tab "Training area" go to Vacancy No. and from the drop down menu select Science & Engineering March 2015 plus preferred location.
Your CV and motivation letter should be written in one of the 3 official languages and should clearly indicate the following:
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 after the deadline for applications has passed. If you are shortlisted, you may be required to submit further supporting documents (e.g. a university diploma). There will also be an interview with an examiner, most likely 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.
If you submit your application as a draft, you can retrieve it here.