Pan-European Seal (PES) internship programme 2022-2023

The internship programme, jointly implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2022 is now officially launched. Application deadline: 21 February 2022

Besides two other local universities, University of Óbuda has also joined as strategic partner university in the EUIPO and EPO Pan-European Seal (PES) 1-year, paid internship programme. The programme looks forward to welcoming talented graduates who want to acquire professional knowledge (online and offline trainings) and relevant work experience under the mentorship of international experts in the multicultural environment of EPO and EUIPO.

The 1 year-long internship programme will start in September 2022 at the seat of the chosen organization (EPO or EUIPO) with a monthly scholarship (expected to be gross 1.000-2.000 EUR/month depending on the organization). EUIPO and EPO also provide trainings and lectures for free of charge. The lectures are held by EUIPO and EPO staff, private sector representatives and invited experts. The organizations also encourage scientific research and publications related to the their daily operations and functioning.

You can find out about the application conditions through the official website of the EPO and EUIPO:

Based on the first round of applications, University of Óbuda evaluates the received applications. On the basis of the application criteria, the University selects applicants to EPO and EUIPO shortlists. Students who are on the university shortlist are entitled to apply directly to the EPO and EUIPO as second-stage applicants. The first round of the application process is organized by the Innovation Office of Óbuda Uniersity, as follows:

Applicants interested in the programme are requested to send the following documents in English to Óbuda University via emailing your application package to by 21 February 2022. Documents to be attached:

  • an updated curriculum vitae (preferably Europass word format with photo, telephone number and e-mail address)

  • motivation letter, clearly indicating the choice of traineeship location (EUIPO or EPO, both can not be chosen within one application) expressing your reasons for applying for traineeship and indication of preferences among the traineeship profiles

  • evidence of formal qualifications (diploma) (indicating the final grade) or, where studies are still in progress, a certificate/provisional declaration

  • information on language skills, certificate -- if available.

The University will notify every applicant of the receipt of the application by e-mail, after which the application materials (applications) will be evaluated according to the basic eligibility and professional evaluation criteria. In the framework of the pre-selection, the Innovation Office decides on the shortlisted candidates only on the basis of the uniformly prescribed documents (application) received via e-mail, before the given deadline. Additional information provided to the Center by other means (eg. personal inquiries, by phone, etc.) will not be taken into consideration during the evaluation.

Please note that the same student cannot be nominated both for the EPO and EUIPO shortlists. Applicants can submit their application for organizations, but Óbuda University can only nominate a candidate on one of the shortlists. Shortlisted candidates will be entitled to submit a direct, second round application to the selected organizations, through the following websites:

Timeline of the selection process 2022/2023:

Applications is due from 10 January to 21 February 2022 in the first round to the Innovation Office of Óbuda University.

The Innvation Office will evaluate all applications between 22-25 February. Shortlist will be finalised, and applicants will be contacted (e-mail) by 28 February.

Direct (2nd round) application to EPO between 15 February - 15 March, and to EUIPO between 1 – 31 March

Closure of 2nd round application is 31 March

Selection process at EPO and EUIPO is in April. If pre-selected by the tutor, the candidate will be invited to a virtual interview during April or May 2022.

Communication of results to candidates by the end of May/June

The traineeship programme (both EPO and EUIPO) will start in September

Non-selected candidates remain on the shortlist at least until 30 November.

EPO and EUIPO reserves the right to select candidates from the university shortlists according to their profile and the Offices’s actual business needs.

Shortlisted candidates must bear in mind that withdrawals have a serious impact on the selection procedure as well as on the smooth running of the Programme itself. Furthermore, having been selected implies that other candidates have not been able to participate in the Programme due to the limited number of vacancies. It is therefore expected that all candidates give considerate thought to their application and the necessary commitment until the final selection has taken place.

Updated: 09.02.2022.

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