Pan-European Seal Programme

About the Programme

Purpose of the Pan-European Seal programme is to spot IP talent early in Europe's brightest and highest-achieving graduates. Targeting young, aspiring IP professionals, it offers them year-long paid traineeship posts sponsored by the EPO - European Patent Office and the EUIPO - European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Each strategic partner university is entitled to submit a yearly shortlist of 5 deserving candidates to the EPO, from which the trainees will be selected, according to each student’s profile and considering the Offices’ needs. In May 2022 the EPO will communicate the results to candidates.

Deadline to apply:  February 15,  2022 

The internships will start mid-September 2022  and last for a period of 12 months.

EPO General Instruction Guidelines 2022-23 .pdf, opens a file in a new window
Pan-European Seal professional traineeship programme Slide Deck_Launch 2022_2023 edition.pdf, opens a file in a new window

EUIPO PES Programme - Informative Brochure.pdf, opens a file in a new window
EUIPO_Pan-European_Seal_General_Instructions_Guideline_2022-2023.pdf, opens a file in a new window

Requirements for science and engineering students:    By the start of the traineeship, eligible candidates  must possess

  • the nationality of an EPO Member State  EPO member states;
  • a completed undergraduate degree or equivalent;
  • knowledge of one of the EPO’s working languages (English, French or German) at a minimum level of B1

Please send your full application   per E-mail to   containing:

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

Deadline:  February 15,  2022  


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Pan-European Seal - Professional Traineeship programme

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