Deadline: September 15, 2017 | Apply here
Eligibility: University graduates with a first-level (bachelor) or advanced (master, PhD, etc.) degree are eligible to apply, within a maximum of two years from the completion of their studies.
Location: Switzerland

WIPO Internship Program 2017

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 189 member states.

Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

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.

Why intern with WIPO?

WIPO takes a limited number of interns from around the globe, as and when operational needs arise. its focus is on providing top-quality internships that will help you in your future career.

Interns at WIPO work on projects of significance and get to make contributions that really matter.

If your background and skills match with what they’re looking for, and if you’re interested in driving forward innovation and creativity, then WIPO could be the place for you.

Who is WIPO looking for?

You don’t have to be a law graduate to intern with WIPO. The organization is interested in talented people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Some of the key backgrounds they’re looking for include:

  • Law
  • Economics/statistics
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Technical cooperation
  • Project management
    Administration (finance, human resources, procurement, program planning)
  • Translation
  • Marketing/communications
  • Practical matters

Wherever you’re coming from, WIPO will request a Swiss “légitimation” card for the duration of your internship. This card functions as a residence permit.


WIPO provides medical insurance for the duration of your internship. Interns receive a monthly stipend, which can help cover the cost of living.

  • First-level degree holders

If you have a first-level degree, then you can complete an internship of up to six months. You will receive a monthly stipend of 500 Swiss Francs.

  • Advanced degree holders

If you have an advanced degree, then you can complete an internship of up to twelve months. You will receive a monthly stipend of 2000 Swiss Francs.

For more opportunities, check our opportunities sections and subscribe to our weekly newsletters.


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