Internships for graduates in the fields of law

Internships for graduates in the fields of law, international relations, European affairs, economics and communicationInternships for graduates in the fields of law, international relations, European affairs, economics and communication

These internships are open to talented graduates who have recently completed a degree in law, international relations, European affairs, economics or communication.

They are available in the following EPO departments:

0.8 – Communication Department and Change Support Team
3.0 – Legal Research and Administration
5.1 – Patent Information and European Co-operation
5.2.1 – Patent Law
5.2.2 – International Legal Affairs
5.2.3 – International Affairs
5.2.4 – Legal Division/Patent Administration
5.2.5 – International and Legal PCT Affairs
5.2.6 – IP5/Trilateral Affairs and International Organisations
5.3.1 – Institutional and General Legal Matters
5.3.4 – Legal Services The Hague
5.4 – European Patent Academy
5.0.2 – Brussels Bureau


Two internship periods are available each year as follows:

  • March-June (closing date for applications: 31 October of the previous year)
  • September-December (closing date for applications: 30 April)


Applicants must:

  • hold a recognised university degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in the field of patent law or intellectual property. In the latter case, the main subject of the degree should be related to the work done in the department concerned. Priority will be given to applicants who either already have a postgraduate degree or who are currently studying for one.
  • have completed their university degree no more than two years prior to the beginning of the internship.
  • have a very good knowledge of one of the EPO’s official languages (English, French and German) and a good knowledge of another.
  • be nationals of one of the EPO member states

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