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​Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme


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The application period for the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme (PES Programme) is now open. This traineeship programme provides young graduates with access to one-year paid traineeships at the European Patent Office (EPO) or at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), two of the largest Industrial Property (IP) organizations worldwide. The School of Engineering has recently become one of the eighty institutions selected worldwide to integrate the PES Programme, which aims to establish a strong relationship between the academic world, the EPO and the EUIPO, fostering actions aimed at promoting IP, in a close approach between universities and the labour market. The programme is designed to young graduates with proven academic excellence who wish to have a valuable work experience, which can shape their professional future.
 
Internship locations:
1)         EPO: Munich, Germany;
2)         EUIPO: Alicante, Spain (it can also take place at the Litigation Office, Luxembourg, or at the Liaison Office, Brussels).

Study Fields:
the available traineeships cover several areas of study, as described in the attached documents and on the webpages of the program.

Eligibility criteria - EPO:
- nationals of any of the EPO member states.
- Have obtained a full undergraduate/master degree.
- Have knowledge of one of EPO’s three working languages (German, English or French) at a minimum level of B1 following the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.
 
Eligibility criteria - EUIPO:
- Trainees shall be selected from nationals of the Member States of the European Union. A limited number of nationals of candidate countries to the EU and third countries may be accepted (around 10% of the available positions).
- Have obtained a full undergraduate/master degree.
- To complete the EUIPO online courses (additional information will follow only to selected candidates that will integrate the EEUM’s shortlist).
 
Application procedure:
Eligible candidates interested in submitting an application to the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Program must send the following documents to the email intl@eng.uminho.pt until the 26th of February:
•         Motivation Letter in English
•         Curriculum Vitae in English (Europass Word format)
•         Degree/Master Diploma (which can be replaced by a provisional declaration, until the final diploma is issued)

Selection procedure:
the Presidency of the School of Engineering, in close articulation with the Course Directors, will select the candidates who will be included in the shortlist to be sent to the EPO and to the EUIPO. Candidates who will be part of this shortlist will be contacted directly by the EEUM Internationalization Office, in order to complete the application procedure (online application, interviews and complete the courses required by the organization to which they are applying – more information in the attached documents). The final selection will be done by EPO/EUIPO and the applicants will be directly contacted by the organizations in May.

Financial support:
EPO - 2000 Eur per month.
EUIPO: 1000 Eur per month (this value can increase up to 15% if the internship location is other than at the headquarters in Alicante).

Deadlines:
Internal application submission to EEUM Internationalization Office -   26 February
Internal selection (EEUM)   -   8 March
Submission of online application (shortlisted candidates) -   31 March
Selection process by EPO and EUIPO and results communication   -   May
Beginning of the traineeship (EPO and EUIPO)   -   16 September


All  information available on the website of the EPO  and the EIUPO , as well as the documents attached to this email.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the EEUM Internationalization Office.

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