Open Call for Paid Internship in the Pan-European Seal Programme through Center for Technology Transfer

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Open Call for Paid Internship in the Pan-European Seal Programme through Center for Technology Transfer

Thanks to Center for Technology Transfer initiative on engagement of the University of Belgrade in the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme, the University became the member of the Programme. This way, high-achieving young graduates of the University of Belgrade are offered the opportunity to gain over one year paid internship, valuable on-the-job professional work experience in the multicultural environments of the EUIPO and EPO.

The 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 and the EUIPO. Trainees also receive on-the-job coaching from staff, and have access to online training and, if applicable, language courses.

Application procedure consists of two steps:

1. Application to the University of Belgrade

Application deadline is April 25, 2018 at 12 pm on e-mail:

Application needs to include recent CV and motivation letter (up to 1000 characters) in English

The best 10 candidates will be selected and informed via e-mail about further steps until April 26, 2018.

2. The selected candidates need to complete online application here until April 30 (23:59 CET).

Online Application

Candidates can only be considered if their university is a member of the Pan-European Seal Network and if they are included in the University’s shortlist.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to submit their online application including the documents indicated below:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV (including the level of languages according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • Diploma indicating the final grade (this can be replaced by a provisional declaration, until final diploma is issued);
  • Certificate(s) of completion of the required online course(s) offered by the EPO.
    • Introduction to the European patent system (mandatory for all)
    • Using Cooperative Patent Classification (mandatory for science and engineering only)
    • The EPO as PCT authority (mandatory for all other academic areas)


Candidates shall:

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states
  • hold a bachelor’s/master’s degree in a technical field (i.e. chemical/mechanical/computer engineering, telecom, materials science, electronics, statistics or data analysis);
  • have obtained the degree no more than two years prior to the date of application;
  • have a very good knowledge of technical English; knowledge of technical German and/or technical French may be required for some technical fields;
  • have customer service, organisational and prioritisation skills, communication skills, capacity to analyse problems and find appropriate solutions, ability to work independently as well as within a team, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility and self-initiative, personal integrity, discretion and respect for confidentiality;
  • indicate on their CV or in their motivation letter three to five CPC classes or sub-classes in their field of competence (See EspaceNet)
  • have completed at least the following two online EPO e-learning courses with certificate: “Introduction to the European patent system” and “Using CPC

This call will be opened once a year, so if you do not fulfil the requirements this year, you can prepare yourself for the following year.

Selection procedure

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a telephone or video conference interview. Following the interviews, selected candidates will be allocated to the different Office departments. A final decision is expected until the end of June. Selected candidates will be informed on the precise start date in September 2018.

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