Paid internship opportunities at the USPTO

As America’s Innovation Agency, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a forward-looking organization of over 13,000 dedicated employees who are as diverse as the public we serve. To further our mission, we are constantly looking for more top talent to join us. From real-world experience to real-world application, our paid student programs also have the future of innovation in mind. We provide talented students from diverse communities who are attending high school, college, graduate school, or law school with exciting opportunities to develop valuable skills and gain professional experience.

As an intern at the USPTO, you will work on real projects that make a real impact, while learning about the agency and its mission, networking with peers and our employees, and hearing directly from leadership about their own career paths. Our internship programs also offer invaluable early exposure to the world of intellectual property and a chance to jumpstart a unique career in protecting American innovation. If you have a passion for public service and you are ready to launch your career, join us. 

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USPTO internship program

This internship opportunity provides students from underrepresented backgrounds who are enrolled in colleges, trade schools, and other qualifying institutions with paid opportunities to work and explore federal careers while completing their education. Assignments may include research, analysis, statistics, coordination of briefing books, assistance in developing detailed reports, note taking at meetings/hearings/legislative markup sessions, etc. Paid interns are offered the opportunity to gain professional work experience, develop soft skills, gain exposure to intellectual property, and gain experience working at the USPTO.

Who can apply: Students from 4-year or community colleges, trade schools, and other qualifying institutions

Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program

Operated by the Partnership for Public Service, the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program places young talent at the USPTO, as well as other Department of Commerce bureaus and the Department of Transportation. The program aims to develop a diverse pool of young talent for these agencies.

Who can apply: College sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate, and law students

IP skills work-based learning program

This year-round paid work-based learning (WBL) experience for high school students is conducted in partnership with the Urban Alliance. The WBL provides students with a living wage access and exposure to career opportunities in federal service while creating opportunities for IP awareness, invention and entrepreneurship education, and integrated STEM/STEAM learning.

Who can apply: High school juniors and seniors