BOKU is member of the strategic partner universities of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme.

The Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme is a vehicle for early talent detection among Europe’s brightest and highest-achieving graduates. It targets young, aspiring graduates from several academic backgrounds (IP and non-IP) who will be sponsored by the EUIPO and the EPO for one year-long, paid traineeships.

Each member of the Pan-European Seal is entitled to submit yearly two shortlists, one for the EUIPO and one for the EPO, from which an average of around 100 trainees in total are selected, according to each student’s profile and considering each Office’s needs. Traineeships take place either at the EUIPO or the EPO with a monthly training allowance, as well as other benefits.

Trainees have the opportunity to benefit from on-the-job coaching by staff, as well as online training, e-courses in their field of expertise and language courses in one of the official languages of each office.

The internships will start at September 2022 and will take place in Alicante (EUIPO) or Munich (EPO), trainees are paid a monthly compensation

Requirements for science and engineering students:
Candidates must:

Requirements for the EPO:

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states
  • a completed undergraduate degree or equivalent;
  • knowledge of one of the EPO’s working languages (English, French or German) at a minimum level of B1.


Requirements for EUIPO

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states
  • CV in English in Europass Word format
  • Motivation letter, indicating a preferred traineeship area and declaring the choice of traineeship location (EUIPO or EPO not both
  • Degree/Master diploma or proof of conclusion, indicating the final grade This can be replaced by a provisional declaration, until final diploma is
  • Certificate(s) of completion of at least one of the following courses ::“EUTM in a Nutshell” and/or “RCD in a Nutshell” 4 h approximately each)
  • To complete the above courses, candidates must create an account of PES user and log in at EUIPO Academy Learning Portal (EALP)

How to apply

To apply for the traineeship, your name must be put forward by a PES Member (BOKU).

Send us your expression of interest until Feb 22nd, 2022 ( indicating your field of competence. Then we will inform you about the next steps.


Further information to the traineeship:

EPO - Pan European Seal Programme

EUIPO - Pan European Seal Programme

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