World Intellectual Property Organization

Internship Opportunities

The WIPO Internship Program is open to students and graduates from all regions of the world, with a background in law, particularly in intellectual property, or in other fields relevant to WIPO such as science and technology, finance, human resources, economics, communications, information technology, translation and international relations.

The WIPO Internship Program supports WIPO’s mission to promote innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system, enabling interns to learn about the core values and initiatives of WIPO.

The WIPO Internship Program provides an opportunity for interns to complement their educational experience and to develop their professional skills and experience through participation in work in an international context. WIPO also benefits from the contributions of interns, who bring fresh perspectives and knowledge of the latest research in their specialist fields.

Eligibility

The requirements for the WIPO Internship Program are:

  • education: completed first-level degree or higher. Graduates will be eligible to apply for an internship no more than two years after completion of their most recent degree or postgraduate studies.
  • very good knowledge of English and/or French. Knowledge of any of the following WIPO working languages would be an advantage: Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant IT programs/applications);
  • good analytical skills.

Categories and Duration of an Internship

Interns may be recruited on an individual basis, or through an educational institution or government, based on an agreement with WIPO. The WIPO Internship Program consists of two categories, based on the level of study of the interns.

Category I:

(a) individuals who have completed their first-level degree; and

(b) individuals enrolled in postgraduate-level studies who have not completed their coursework1 and the final thesis.

The length of Category I internships shall normally be three months. Category I internships may be extended if justified by the specific needs of the employing program, and provided that the total maximum length of the internship shall not exceed six months.

Category II:

(a) individuals enrolled in postgraduate-level studies who have completed their coursework but not the final thesis; and

(b) individuals who have completed their postgraduate-level studies.

The length of category II internships shall normally be between three and six months. Category II internships may be extended if justified by the specific needs of the employing program, and provided that the total maximum length of the internship shall not exceed twelve months.

Application procedure

Applicants are requested to submit their CV and cover letter to the following email address: erecruit@wipo.int

If selected for a WIPO internship, candidates shall be required to provide certified copies of their diplomas and, where applicable, proof of enrolment in their postgraduate studies.

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