Yes. The EPO does not impose further criteria for the initial shortlisting process besides the minimum criteria mentioned in the GIG document. The university is free to adopt any criteria deemed appropriate. However, given the highly competitive nature of selection process, universities are encouraged to adopt a process that ensures the most capable graduates are shortlisted.
Yes. Candidates are welcome to express a preference in the application form or in their letter of motivation, and many choose to do so.
Recruitment is an open competition and a merit-based selection. Students are chosen based on their match with the EPOs requirements and needs, their competencies, and their relevant work experience.
We recommend candidates include all information relevant to the role they wish to pursue, such as the skills that would help them best fulfil that role, within their application.
Yes. The EPO operates multiple rounds of selection in order to optimise the allocation of candidates across the Office.
The EPO will share with the university only the name, surname, and area of work at the EPO of the successful candidates who were finally selected from the university shortlist.
No. The EPO does not directly provide support in sourcing accommodation, which ultimately is the responsibility of individual trainees for the duration of their traineeship. However, future trainees receive informal support from both previous trainees and their colleagues.
The relevant EPO Academy courses must be completed after a candidate’s interview and following their successful selection by the EPO, by the start of the traineeship.
The EPO will pay the trainee EUR 2 000 per month subject to local taxes. No co-funding by other programmes (e.g. Erasmus+, etc.) is foreseen. Any income received from other sources during the course of the traineeship must be declared.
No. The Memorandum of Understanding defines the pool from which candidates can be shortlisted, and students of faculties not covered in the MoU cannot be shortlisted as candidates for the programme. If you wish to expand the scope of your current agreement, please reach out to the PES team at either the EPO or the EUIPO at any time.
As a minimum requirement to be eligible for the traineeship programme, candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree by the start of the traineeship.
Previous graduates may be shortlisted provided that their application is received no more than two years after their most recent graduation, whether that be at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Students are required to have completed their studies by September. Should the diploma still be pending, a provisional certification can be accepted.
The programme’s timeline is determined by the internal procedures at the EPO, and we are unable to accommodate extended selection procedure.
No. There is no age restriction for candidates applying to the EPO. However, member universities should bear in mind that the programme targets graduates at the beginning of their careers.
The EPO does not prescribe any specific format for the candidates’ CVs, but candidates should bear in the mind the need to best present themselves.
No. The EPO trusts candidates to accurately report their language proficiency at the time of application. However, candidates should remember that interviews and key events (e.g. IP Campus, Commencement Ceremony, etc.) are conducted in English.