World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Internships 2017- Apply


Last updated on February 28th, 2017 at 10:58 am

Application Description

Interning at WIPO is a unique chance to gain invaluable experience at the forefront of innovation and creativity.

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country): Switzerland

About the Award: 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.

Field of Study: Candidates don’t have to be a law graduate to intern with us. We’re interested in talented people from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of the key backgrounds we’re looking for include:

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

Type: Internship


Completed first-level university degree or higher.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for an internship no more than two years after completion of their most recent university degree or postgraduate studies.
Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant IT programs/applications).
Good analytical skills.
Excellent knowledge of English.
For most internships, excellent drafting skills in English are required.
Knowledge of any of the following WIPO working languages would be an advantage: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Qualified candidates from unrepresented member states of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged to apply. Please visit our website for further information on the above.
Candidates are required to complete a cover letter / letter of motivation as part of their applications.
Interns are expected to work full time.
An internship shall not, in any way, be interpreted as a commitment to future employment with WIPO. Interns are not eligible for employment on a temporary appointment or a non-staff contract for a period of two months following the end of their internship

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Internship: 

  • 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.

WIPO shall not be responsible for arranging travel, visas and/or accommodation nor shall WIPO cover any related costs. If necessary, WIPO may provide the intern with assistance in obtaining an entry visa.

Duration of Internship: 6 weeks to 12 months

How to Apply: The application process for internships is not area-specific. In other words, we don’t publish vacancy announcements for specific positions. To apply for an internship, you must submit your candidature through the Internship Roster, which is advertised year-round.

Application Deadline: 15th September, 2017

Visit Internship Webpage for details

Award Provider: World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Protection Status



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