EPO’s Internships for Science and Engineering Students

Deadline: 31 August, 2012
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, Berlin or The Hague where the EPO makes a contribution towards living costs. It does not cover any other expenses.


Every year, the 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.

Aims of the internship

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. You can check EPO members states HERE!
  • hold a bachelor’s or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) at the starting date of the internship, preferably in one of the above mentioned technical fields.
  • the diploma should have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to the date of application.
  • have a very good knowledge of English.
    Knowledge of technical French and/or technical German would be an advantage.
  • working hours : per default 40 hours/week.
    If this is not possible, please indicate in your cv/motivation the number of hours that you are available. Full time presence is required during the initial training and follow-up training days.
  • duration : per default 6 months.
    Please indicate on the application form if you are only available for a shorter period.
  • provide evidence of your own health insurance.

The EPO members states are: 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.


  • The EPO makes a contribution towards living costs. It does not cover any other expenses.
  • Two days leave per month, in addition to the Official holidays.
  • Opportunities to participate in social events such as the activities of clubs and societies.


Apply online

In the online application form please select other placement and in the tab ‘Training area’ select Science & Engineering November 2012 for the location you are interested in. The three location where the internship can be taken are: Munich, The Hague or Berlin.

The deadline to apply for the Autumn session is 31.08.2012.  

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.
  • 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.

You will be informed about the outcome of the selection procedure within 4 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.

The official website

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