Pan-European Seal Programme

Paid traineeship for LUSEM students at the European Union Intellectual Property Office or the European Patent Office

Outstanding Master’s students at Lund University School of Economics and Management can apply for a paid 12-months period traineeship at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante or the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich.

The traineeship allows you to gain valuable professional multicultural work experience and get a foot in the door of the competitive world of intellectual property. The traineeship programme offers variety of professional placements depending on the profile of the applicant.

The internship is offered within the Pan-European Seal, a comprehensive intellectual property programme aimed at bridging academia and the labour market and promoted by two of the world’s largest intellectual property offices – the EUIPO and EPO – together with strategic university partners.

Apply to EUIPO or EPO

Kindly note that the same candidates cannot be included in the EUIPO and EPO shortlists. You have to state this in your motivation letter to LUSEM, clearly indicating the choice of traineeship location.

The monthly financial support for selected trainees differs between EUIPO and EPO.

Ideal trainee profile

Master’s student from LUSEM in any of the eligible academic areas can apply:

  • Law
  • IP & Knowledge Management
  • International Relations & Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Economics & Business Administration
  • Human Resources

Nationality from at least one of the EUIPO and/or EPO member states (or candidate). A limited number of trainees may be selected from third countries.


If you are applying to EUIPO: When applying to LUSEM, you must have completed the required e-learning course/s with certificate

  • Certificate(s) of completion of at least one of the following courses: “EUTM in a Nutshell” (4h approximately); and/or “RCD in a Nutshell” (4h approximately). 
  • Go to the EUIPO course page. Registration is required.

If you are applying to EPO, you do not need to complete the required e-learning courses when applying via LUSEM, but you need to complete the following courses if you are put on the LUSEM shortlist: “Introduction to the European Patent System” and “The EPO as PCT Authority”.


A minimum certified CEF B1 level (Common European Framework of reference for languages) in at least one of the five working languages of the EUIPO (German, English, French, Italian or Spanish) or one of the three working languages of the EPO (English, French and German).


Previous participation in international programmes, such as Erasmus+, is considered favourably.


Customer service skills; communication skills; capacity to analyse problems and find appropriate solutions; ability to work independently as well as part of a team; responsibility, professionalism, flexibility and self-initiative; capacity to work in an international environment.

How to apply

The shortlist of Lund University School of Economics and Management will be selected from those excellent graduates or students in the last year of their studies (if you are due to receive your diploma before the end of August of the year in question) who will submit their application according to the procedure outlined below.

11 March: Deadline to apply to LUSEM

To apply you will have to submit your current CV, motivation letter (also stating which institution you are applying to) and documents proving that you meet all the requirements listed above to: iptrainee@ehl.lu.se

  • Degree/Master in any of the eligible academic areas (from Lund University School of Economic and Management). If at the time of application, you have not yet received the required degree diploma, please include a transcript of records from Ladok.

  • CV in English (no specific format is required)
  • Motivation letter, clearly indicating the choice of traineeship location (EUIPO or EPO – not both). You also need to state eligible academic area: Law, IP & Knowledge Management, International Relations & Communication, Information Technology, Economics & Business Administration or Human Resources
  • If you are applying to EUIPO: Certificate(s) of completion from the required online e-learning courses. 

15 March: LUSEM shortlist is announced

Shortlisting results for Lund University School of Economics and Management are announced by email. Please note that the same candidate cannot be shortlisted for both the EPO and EUIPO.


15–31 March: If selected, apply in the e-recruitment tool

Shortlisted candidates must submit an online application containing:

  • Degree/Master’s diploma. If at the time of application you have not yet received the required degree diploma, please include a certificate of expected graduation that you can receive from your programme administrator.
  • CV in English in the Europass Word format.
  • Motivation letter, clearly indicating the choice of traineeship location (EUIPO or EPO – not both).
  • Certificate from the required online e-learning courses required by EPO or EUIPO.

Shortlisted candidates (only) shall submit their applications through the e-recruitment tool available.


Late May: Final selection

EUIPO and the EPO will select the trainees from the shortlisted candidates based on their qualifications and the needs of the receiving institutions. Selected candidates are contacted by EUIPO or EPO in late May.

By the start of the traineeship, you are required to complete the following e-learning courses:

EUIPO: “EUTM in a Nutshell” and “RCD in a Nutshell”.

EPO: "Introduction to the European patent system" and "The EPO as PCT authority"


16 September: Start of the traineeship programme

Last published: 2021-03-04