About the Agency
Serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks and providing inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that contributes to a strong global economy, encourages investment in innovation, and cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st century. The USPTO is seeking applications for an unpaid Student Externship. This externship offers opportunities in areas of Outreach, Policy Writing, Finance, Information Technology (IT), Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity. The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it's like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills. **This is an 10-week program with two sessions. The first session will begin on May 22, 2017 and will end on July 28, 2017. The second session will begin on June 05, 2017 and will end on August 11, 2017. For both sessions there is a mandatory 8 day (8:00AM-4:30PM) training that will commence on the second day of each session. Once the training is completed, you may be allowed a more flexible work schedule at the discretion of your supervisor.**
Duties include researching and reviewing of various programs, briefing management officials on content, devising advertisement strategies, drafting policy, proposing outreach strategies and other duties assigned for various business units to include, but not limited to, General Administration, Finance, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Information Technology (IT).