Looking to kick-start your career at an international organisation?

Apply for a one year paid traineeship at the EPO - European Patent Office, opens an external URL in a new window or the EUIPO - European Union Intellectual Property Office, opens an external URL in a new window in the framework of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme, with the possibility for an extension for up to three years, based on merits and performance.

As strategic partner university TU Wien is entitled to submit a yearly shortlist of candidates to the EPO and EUIPO, from which the trainees will be selected, according to each student’s profile and considering the Offices’ needs.

Deadline to apply at TU Wien :  February 15,  2024

Each shortlisted candidate has to upload the application at EPO until March 15, 2024 or at EUIPO until March 31, 2024.

In May 2024 the EPO will communicate the results to candidates. The internships will start mid-September 2024  and last for a period of 12 months.

EPO:  Pan-European Seal Young Professionals Programme website , opens an external URL in a new window

EUIPO: Click here for a  YouTube video about the EUIPO, opens an external URL in a new window, click here for testimonials of the PES Programme , opens an external URL in a new window


How to apply:

Please read through the guidelines and information provided below.  Send your full application  per E-mail to  rt@tuwien.ac.at   containing:

  • letter of motivation, including the preferred business area
  • updated Curriculum Vitae
  • degree/Master’s diploma (provisional certifications accepted)

Requirements for students:   

Your name must be shortlisted by a university that is a member of the Pan-European Seal network, opens an external URL in a new window

By the start of the traineeship, eligible candidates

  • must possess the nationality of an EPO Member State  EPO member states
  • should hold a bachelor's/master's degree or be currently enrolled for PhD studies in a relevant field
  • must have knowledge of one of the EPO’s working languages (English, French or German) at a minimum level B1

Please find information about the programme in the PDFs and links  provided:   


*1EUIPO - European-Union-Intellectual-Property-Office  
*2EPO - European- Patent-Office
*3YPP - Young-Professionals-Programme 
*4PES - Pan-European-Seal

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