Pan-European Seal: Professional IP Traineeship Program

EPO Traineeships

The University of Vienna is a member of the Pan-European Seal Professional IP Traineeship Program.

The Pan-European Seal Professional IP Traineeship Program (the Pan-European Seal) is a comprehensive IP program, which forms a bridge between academia and the IP labour market.

Jointly promoted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO), two of the world's largest IP offices, this program targets leading European universities as strategic partners and offers up to 100 paid traineeships every year, which start in mid-September and are 12 months long. The training takes place at the headquarters of EUIPO (Alicante, Spain) and EPO (Munich, Germany).

High-achieving young university graduates have the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job professional work experience in the multicultural environments of the EUIPO and the EPO. The Pan-European Seal Program provides a framework for early talent detection through these traineeships at the EUIPO and EPO.


Application requirements

All candidates must fulfil the following application requirements:

  • Applications are open to students, who graduated or will graduate from one of the University of Vienna’s Master, PhD or Postgraduate programmes in the academic year 2021-2022 (i.e. in the period from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022). Hence, students who obtain their degree until September 30, 2022, are eligible to apply as well. Such students must be aware that any traineeship offered by the EPO will be conditioned to the submission of the degree certificate (it can be a provisional certificate) upon arrival at the EPO by mid-September, or beginning of October at the latest.
  • All candidates must also have a full undergraduate university degree certificate (or its equivalent).
  • Nationality: Candidates must have the nationality of one of the 38 EPO Member States or the 2 EPO Extension States.
  • All candidates must have knowledge of one of EPO's three working languages (English, French, German) at a minimum attested level of B1 following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • The same candidate cannot be included in both shortlists, the EUIPO shortlist and the EPO shortlist.


Application documents:

  • CV in English (recommended in Europass Word format)
  • Motivation letter in English, clearly indicating the choice of traineeship location (EUIPO or EPO), including the preferred EPO business area (law, international relations & communication, business administration, economics & finance, science & engineering).
  • Undergraduate university degree certificate (or its equivalent).
  • Degree certificate. Students, who plan to complete their degree programme until September 30, 2022, must submit a declaration of the University of Vienna, which states that it is very likely that the student will complete their programme until September 30, 2022.


Selection procedure

Application deadline: February 6, 2022 (23:59 CET).

Please send your complete application as one single pdf file to the following e-mail address:

The pre-selection procedure of the University of Vienna will begin immediately after the expiration of the application deadline. The University of Vienna will send a shortlist of potential candidates (nominations), which may include 5 candidates from the present academic year, to the EPO. The International Office will inform applicants, who will be listed on the shortlist. However, inclusion in the shortlist does not guarantee that the candidates will be selected by the EPO and offered a traineeship position at the EPO.

February 25 - March 15, 2022: Once the candidates have been informed that they are short-listed, all shortlisted candidates must submit their application through the e-recruitment tool, which is available on the Pan-European Seal Programme section of the EPO Traineeship website, until March 15, 2022.

April/May 2022: Selection process at EPO. Suitable candidates will be invited to a phone/skype interview.

June 2022: Selected candidates receiving the offers for the traineeship.

May-September 2022: Selected candidates are required to complete the following EPO e-learning courses until the start of the traineeship:

  • Introduction to the European Patent System
  • The EPO as PCT Authority.

Mid-September 2022: Start of the traineeship at EPO, Munich

All selected candidates must provide the original academic degree certificate of the University of Vienna to the EPO Traineeship Unit on their first day at the EPO.

The financial support for the traineeship at the EPO will amout to EUR 2,000 per month (gross). This amount is subject to local taxes and social contributions (deduction approx. 20%).