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    This vacancy announcement is being used to fill multiple intern positions throughout the USPTO.  As a Student Intern, you will work with higher graded staff in support of office programs and activities to gain practical work experience that augments training in an academic course of study. 

    This is a 12 week summer intern program.      

    Office of the Commissioner for Patent (Patent Examiner Interns Only)

    Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Researching and reviewing of various programs
    • Briefing management officials on content
    • Devising advertisement strategies
    • Drafting policy, proposing outreach strategies
    • Participating in outreach activities

    All other USPTO Business Offices:  The Office of the Under Secretary (OUS), Office of the Commissioner for Patent (Patent – all other positions), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) , Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

    Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Researching materials and preparing information
    • Benchmarking other agencies and private industry companies
    • Participating in group/team assignments
    • Assisting with special projects and new initiatives
    • Managing databases and inputting information
    • Review and analyzing information
    • Drafting various documents and reports
    • Creating electronic and hard copy case files, maintaining files
    • Communicating with customers via phone, e-mail and/or face- to-face
    • Assisting in preparing for a variety of training classes
    • Attending meetings
    • Designing various strategies and presentations
    • Assisting with redesigning business process improvement activities
    • Testing various software and systems
    • Creating spreadsheets/charts, etc. using a variety of data sources and information
    • Assisting in preparing for and observing hearings, cases, panels, interviews, and documenting results
    • Proposing outreach strategies

    Salary Based on Locations:

    Alexandria, VA - $27,081-$37,113

    Dallas, TX - $26,063-$35,718

    Denver, CO - $26,501-$36,317

    Detroit, MI - $26,665-$36,543

    San Jose, CA - $29,317-$40,315

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    05 - No promotion potential.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/514550700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.