Student traineeships

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The purpose of the Pan-European Seal programme is to spot IP talent early in Europe's brightest and highest-achieving graduates. Targeting young, aspiring IP professionals, it offers them year-long paid traineeship posts sponsored by the EPO and the EUIPO.

Each university participating in the Pan-European Seal programme is entitled to submit, by no later than 30 April each year, a shortlist of 10 deserving candidates - five for the EPO and five for the EUIPO - selected according to the university's individual criteria. An average of 100 trainees is selected every year, based on the students' profiles and the Offices' needs. Training takes place at the EPO or at the EUIPO, and trainees are paid a monthly training allowance, as well as other benefits.

Trainees also receive on-the-job coaching from staff, and have access to online training and, if applicable, language courses.

At the end of each Pan-European Seal programme, a ceremony is held at each Office to award the 10 best trainees with a merit diploma, while the rest receive attendance diplomas.

Requirements

EPO requirements for science and engineering students

Candidates must:

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states
  • hold a bachelor's/master's degree (or have completed university studies at an equivalent level) in a technical field (i.e. chemical/mechanical/computer engineering, telecom, materials science, electronics, statistics or data analysis) obtained no more than two years prior to the date of application or currently 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 may be required for some technical fields
  • indicate on their CV or in their motivation letter three to five CPC classes or sub-classes in their field of competence (See Espacenet)
  • have completed the required online EPO e-learning course(s) with certificate

EPO requirements for all other academic areas

Candidates must:

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states
  • hold a bachelor's/master's degree (or have completed university studies at an equivalent level) in any of the eligible academic areas (i.e. law, economy, international relations, European affairs, political sciences, communication or marketing) obtained no more than two years prior to the date of application
  • have a very good level of English. Knowledge of French or German is of advantage
  • have completed the required online EPO e-learning course(s) with certificate
  • have customer service, organisational and prioritisation skills, communication skills, capacity to analyse problems and find appropriate solutions, ability to work independently as well as within a team, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility and self-initiative

Participation in international programmes such as Erasmus will be considered an advantage.

How to apply

Candidates can only be accepted if proposed by their university which must be a member of the Pan-European Seal Network. Only online applications of candidates included in the partner University shortlists will be considered.


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