Internships at WIPO
Interning at WIPO is a unique chance to gain invaluable experience at the forefront of innovation and creativity.
Our interns can be found far and wide across the Organization since any area of activity can create an internship spot.
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A group of WIPO interns from 2016. (Photo: WIPO)
Why intern with us?
We take a limited number of interns from around the globe, as and when operational needs arise.Our focus is on providing top-quality internships that will help you in your future career.
Interns at WIPO work on projects of significance and get to make contributions that really matter.
If your background and skills match with what we're looking for, and if you're interested in driving forward innovation and creativity, then WIPO could be the place for you.
"Working at this United Nations specialized agency has been an invaluable experience. I was able to work on multiple high-level communication projects in a multicultural environment."
— Amri, Communications Division
"From day one I've been involved in the case management undertaken by the AMC. Not only that, but I’ve benefitted from the guidance and support of a dynamic group of outstanding professionals."
— Chiara, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (AMC)
"The WIPO Office in the Russian Federation is still rather new, so it was a unique challenge for me to participate in the burgeoning development of cooperation between Russia and WIPO."
— Alexandra, WIPO Office in the Russian Federation (WRO)
"Dealing with multiple stakeholders on large-scale projects has allowed me to network, meet interesting people, and gain valued experience whilst also satisfying my professional interests."
— Santiago, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
"Interning with WIPO’s Global Challenges Division has helped me to gain a new perspective on addressing complex global health and climate change issues, with intellectual property as a starting point."
— Shanji, Global Challenges Division
Who are we looking for?
You 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:
- Information Technology (IT)
- Technical cooperation
- Project management
- Administration (finance, human resources, procurement, program planning)
The stipend rates for interns working in WIPO external offices (i.e., offices outside Geneva) are paid in the local currency and are adjusted in line with the local cost of living.
Where do our interns work?
Past interns have worked in various parts of the Organization, including but not limited to:
Am I eligible?
University graduates with a first-level (bachelor) or advanced (master, PhD, etc.) degree are eligible to apply, within a maximum of two years from the completion of their studies.
First-level degree holders
If you have a first-level degree, then you can complete an internship of up to six months. You will receive a monthly stipend of 500 Swiss Francs.
Advanced degree holders
If you have an advanced degree, then you can complete an internship of up to twelve months. You will receive a monthly stipend of 2000 Swiss Francs.
Tips for applicants
- Include a cover letter with your application.
- Targeted applications increase your chances of getting an internship in your preferred field. Browse through our programs and activities to see what areas interest you.
- Take a chance! Even though you may not realize it, your profile could be of interest to us.
How does the application process work?
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.
Carefully read through the information on this page and consult the Internship Roster advertisement in our online recruitment system.
Create a profile
Create a profile in our online recruitment system. You only need to do this once and it can be re-used for future applications.
Submit your application
Once you've created your profile, you can submit your application through the Internship Roster, where it will be automatically saved for a period of one year. Make sure to indicate your preferred area of work.
Wait to be contacted
At any point within the year, when specific opportunities open up, we review the Roster and contact suitable applicants directly. Every year a new Roster is advertised. If you're still eligible, you'll need to re-apply to confirm your continuing interest.