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Internships at WIPO

Developing potential and access to career opportunities

Interning at WIPO is a unique chance to gain invaluable experience at the forefront of innovation and creativity. Our interns can be found across the Organization collaborating on interesting and challenging activities.

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Why intern with WIPO?

Innovative and creative projects

Multicultural experience

Build networks 

Monthly stipend

Training and development

Medical insurance

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Meet our interns

Who are we looking for?

We're interested in talented people from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of the key backgrounds we're looking for include:

  • Law
  • Economics/statistics
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Technical cooperation
  • Project management
  • Administration (finance, human resources, procurement, program planning)
  • Translation
  • Marketing/communications

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a WIPO internship, you must be enrolled in a first-level or advanced university degree or have completed a degree within the past two years. Students enrolled in a first-level university degree must be in their 3rd or 4th year or in a program that requires the completion of an internship as part of the degree requirements.

You must also have a very good knowledge of English and/or French.

Full details on categories and eligibility PDF, categories and eligibility

We welcome applicants of diverse geographical backgrounds and of all genders.

Highlight – WIPO established three additional internship slots open exclusively to nationals of unrepresented member states.
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Category I

  • Students or holders of a first-level degree and students pursuing an advanced degree
  • 1,645 Swiss francs monthly stipend, including a local transportation allowance of 70 Swiss francs (at WIPO Headquarters)
  • 2-6 months in duration

Category II

  • Holders of an advanced degree or graduate students having completed their coursework, but not the thesis
  • 2,170 Swiss francs monthly stipend, including a local transportation allowance of 70 Swiss francs (at WIPO Headquarters)
  • 2-12 months in duration

Highlight! Reimbursement of travel expenses (roundtrip) up to 1,500 Swiss francs for interns who are nationals of developing, least developed or transition countries, and who are residing in their home country at the time of recruitment.

How does the application process work?

To apply for an internship, you must submit your candidature through the Internship Roster, which is advertised year-round. We review the Roster regularly and consider profiles for specific internship opportunities. If your application is a good match for an opportunity, we will contact you directly. 

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