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Innovation Internship (Undergraduate Rising Junior) Remote

About the job

Imagine starting your career working side by side with innovation and intellectual property (IP) leaders as part of USPTO's Undergraduate Junior Student Program. Here we celebrate, support, and thrive by building the bridge between IP and accessibility to all. Join us as part of a team that makes meaningful changes with a global impact across the IP Community.

This exciting internship opportunity will start in the summer of 2024 and is part of the Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI²) work for expanding innovation.



The internship will be a full-time remote position during summer breaks and part-time during the school year. The duties assigned to this position are authorized to be performed in the United States (currently defined as the fifty states and the District of Columbia) and Puerto Rico.



This exciting and rewarding position is for you if you:

  • You enjoy learning through routine and recurring developmental assignments which will help acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the areas of innovation and intellectual property while completing your education.
  • You're interested in engaging directly with agency leadership to gain insight into the USPTO mission by participating in regular senior level sessions.
  • You desire to explore federal careers while completing your education.
  • You're committed to training and development on various topics relating to the USPTO and government service.
  • You're interested in getting experience in legal writing and analysis.
  • You're excited about assisting with special projects and new initiatives including preparing and delivering a capstone project with a group of fellow interns.
  • You're a relationship builder who finds enjoyment in participating in group/team assignments and assisting with research, analysis, statistics and reporting out your findings.
  • You're an effective writer who finds interest in drafting various documents and reports, creating spreadsheets and charts, etc., to present a variety of data and information.
  • Assisting with IT projects excites you.
  • You're enthused and interested in observing appeal hearings, cases, and panels.


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 >> TO APPLY, apply on USAJOBS by 2/29/2024:

** This announcement is limited to the first 250 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. **



Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree. Two full academic years of undergraduate credit hours determined by the college or university attended. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student as determined by the educational institution. Candidates should be working towards an undergraduate bachelors and be a junior. Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or higher).


Conditions of Employment

Applications will only be accepted from United States Citizens and Nationals.

The full list of conditions and qualifications can be found on the USAJOBS posting:

We value our diverse, inclusive, and collaborative team members at the USPTO. We know the talents of each colleague enrich our vibrant workplace. The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.