Job Overview


Yearning for a job that harnesses the power of innovation, yet provides work/life balance? Look no further! As a Patent Examiner Student Trainee with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you'll be working with the largest Intellectual Property Rights entity in the nation. You'll be supporting economic growth and positioning America as one of the world's top innovators. You'll gain on the job experience, training and mentorship.

The USPTO is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Veterans Internship Program (VIP). As an Intern, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable on the job training and experience related to the patent examining career field while pursuing your education. You will be placed in one of the following specialties: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
A written agreement is required between the USPTO and student. After successfully completing your education and meeting USPTO work requirements, you may be converted to a permanent Patent Examiner position. The conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the USPTO.
Candidates selected for the Veteran Internship Program (VIP), for the Patent Examiner Student Trainee positions will be hired under the Pathways Internship Program. The Pathways Internship Program replaces the former Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). 

NOTE:  Application cut-off dates will occur on 12/02/13 and 01/27/14, at 11:59PM (EST) during the open period of this vacancy annoucement.


You will receive assignments which are chosen to provide developmental training. You will perform a variety of developmental work assignments to ascertain the employees interests and aptitudes. Assignments are performed in a training environment and are designed to introduce the intern to patent processes and procedures. Duties may include: Learning to utilize a variety of automated search systems and learning processes and steps required to research and review patent applications.
Note: This is a student trainee position, which will require a significant amount of classroom and one-on-one training, and supervision.

Travel Required

  • Not Required