European Patent Office


Pan-European Seal Traineeship in Economics and Finance

Applications deadline: 31.03.2021
Duration of program: 12 months 

Location: Munich



Are you a young, aspiring professional interested in the world of intellectual property and on the lookout for your next professional opportunity?

The next intake of trainees under the EPO Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme starts in September 2021.


This area has opportunities across the transformation of EPO financial processes and tools, automation project evaluation, corporate procurement, the creation of statistics and projects to increase data quality, and much more.


The Pan-European Seal Programme aims to spot IP talent early in Europe's brightest and highest-achieving graduates. In the areas of human resources and business administration, you will be involved in a variety of projects tackling talent strategy, professional growth of our staff, customer relationship management and more.  

Check out the list of departments operating in the area of economics and finance and finance and let us know your preference when applying.


With us you will:

  • enjoy a year-long paid traineeship in a field of your interest
  • benefit from dedicated training throughout the year, covering IP-specific matters and language learning as well as career guidance
  • have the opportunity to learn from inspiring people from a variety of cultures
  • get hands-on experience of working in a dynamic environment
  • feel empowered to grow in your role and take on responsibilities


Apply if you meet the following programme requirements:

  • You are a national of one of the EPO member states including extension states
  • You were nominated by your university, which is a member of the Pan-European Seal network
  • You hold a bachelor's/master's degree or are currently enrolled for PhD studies in a relevant field and obtained your degree no more than two years prior to the date of application
  • You have knowledge of one of the EPO’s working languages (English, French or German) at a minimum level of B1
  • You have organisational, communication and prioritisation skills, respect for confidentiality, problem-solving abilities and you enjoy working within a team


Learn more about the framework of the Pan-European Seal Programme.

Please note that you may apply for only one vacancy within the Pan-European Seal Programme.

Application process

  • The application period will run until the end of  March 2021.
  • The virtual interviews will take place during April 2021.
  • Results will be communicated by the end of June 2021.
  • The programme will start in September 2021.





We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.




Who we are
We are the patent office for Europe. We are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

Our vision
We're currently undergoing a change inspired by a common vision: our Strategic Plan 2023. Join us on this exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation.

Our work environment
We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work.

Why join us?
✓ Be part of the EPO`s transformation and enable innovation
✓ Work with inspiring people from a variety of cultures
✓ Develop yourself and take on an intellectual challenge

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