World Intellectual Property Organization

Working at WIPO: Careers and Individual Contractors

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) policy, services, information and cooperation. It is our mission to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

We are looking for talented individuals from around the globe to help us meet this challenge. A diverse workforce is our strongest asset.

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Types of opportunity

WIPO careers

There are two types of staff career position:

  • Fixed-term: Usually granted for an initial period of one-two years, and may be extended further subject to business needs and individual performance.
  • Temporary: Granted for a period of up to one year, and may be extended to a cumulative length of two years.
Apply for a staff position

Individual contractors

WIPO engages individuals, who are experts in a specific field as external resources to cover our business requirements.

Individual contractors work under Individual Contractor Services (ICS) contracts, typically in areas such as IP for development, copyright, IP services, translation and strategic projects.

Apply for an ICS position


Our internships are designed for students and young professionals. WIPO internships provide an opportunity to complement educational and professional experience by working in an international environment.

WIPO Internship Guide PDF, Information on WIPO internships.

Apply for an internship
Important notice for applicants: WIPO has introduced a new IT platform for all its recruitment activities. If you wish to apply for vacancies, you will need to create a new username and password, and complete your profile in the new system. Step-by-step instructions are available in the Guide for applicants. For more information, please see our FAQs or contact us.

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