EPO Internships for Science and Engineering Students

Deadline: 30 August, 2013
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. You can check EPO members states HERE!
  • hold a technical 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 application form under the tab “Training area” go to Vacancy No. and from the drop down menu select Science & Engineering November 2013 plus preferred location. The Internship locations are Munich or The Hague.

The application procedure will close on 30 August 2013.  

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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