EPO Science and Engineering Internships, The Hague/Munich

Deadline: 30 May 2014
Open to: Science and Engineering Students who are nationals of one of the EPO member states (Check EPO member states HERE)
Benefits: The internships can be taken in Munich or The Hague where the EPO makes a contribution towards living costs


Every year, the European Patent Office (EPO) offers a limited number of three to six-month internships to engineering and science students who already hold a 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

  • receive training relating to IP in general, the patent granting process and classification systems, and the tools used by examiners
  • re-classify patent applications under the supervision of an examiner
  • get an insight into the latest R&D trends
  • report on your experiences to your tutor and the HR department

Technical fields:

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • electronics
  • electricity
  • physics
  • computers


You must

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Monaco, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, San Marino and Turkey.
  • Hold a technical bachelor’s or a technical master’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) at the date of application, preferably in one of the above mentioned technical fields.
  • Have a very good knowledge of technical English.
  • Knowledge of technical German and/or technical French is an advantage.
  • Provide evidence of your own health insurance.
  • Your degree should have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to the date of application or you should still be enrolled at a University.


The EPO makes a contribution towards living costs. It does not cover any other expenses.


Application deadline is 30 May 2014.

Apply online

In the application form under the tab “Training area” go to Vacancy No. and from the drop down menu select Science & Engineering September 2014 plus preferred location. The Internship locations are Munich or The Hague.

In your CV/motivation letter you should clearly indicate the following:

  • the period that you are available. Per default this is a period of 6 months, 40 hours/week, starting on 15 September 2014
  • the educational/vocational training you have done. And the diploma or qualification you have obtained.
  • provide details on the subjects of your main studies.
  • provide details on your language skills.

The official website

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