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    This vacancy announcement is being used to recruit for multiple extern positions throughout the USPTO.  As a Student Extern, you will receive practical experience by engaging in a variety of diverse and challenging activities.  Exciting opportunities await you!  Come join us and contribute to the accomplishment of organizational goals in an intellectual property environment.  Your extern experience will be further enhanced by participating in sessions with agency executives and other USPTO leadership where you will gain insight into USPTO programs.

    This is a 12 week spring extern program; however, externs have flexibility on when they depart the program.

    We are looking for externs to start on Monday, January 13th.      

    If you are interested in the summer extern program, that vacancy will post on Monday, November 25th, and the vacancy announcement number will be A-2020-0002.   

    Office of the Commissioner for Patents (Patent Examiner Externs Only)

    Primary duties may 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 Commissioner for Trademarks (Trademarks), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

    Primary duties may 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
    • 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
    • Assisting with researching and contributing toward analysis of IP protection and enforcement policies of U.S. and of selected foreign countries        
    • Assisting in outreach to Members of Congress, state and local elected officials
    • Assisting economists and technical staff in conducting groundbreaking economic research on innovation and intellectual property

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    00 - No promotion potential.

  • Job family (Series)

    0099 General Student Trainee

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/549632800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.