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WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division Internship 2022 – Geneva, Switzerland.

Application Deadline: November 30th, 2021

WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division is seeking an intern to work at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from early 2022. The Internship is expected to last for an initial period of 6 months, with possibility for renewal of up to a duration of 12 months maximum.


Ideally, the candidate would have a background in intellectual property (IP), an advanced degree (Master, PhD, etc.) and an interest in indigenous peoples and local community development and the relationship between IP and traditional knowledge, genetic resources and/or traditional cultural expressions.

Above all, the candidate should have excellent research and writing skills in English. Organizational skills and proficiency in Spanish would be added advantages.

Interns who are nationals of developing, least developed or transition countries are entitled to receive the reimbursement of travel expenses on recruitment and on separation from WIPO, up to a maximum of 1,500 Swiss francs for the round trip, provided the following conditions are met:

  • The intern must be residing in his or her home country at the time of recruitment; and
  • Travel must be by the most economical route and in economy class (if by train or airplane).

Application Procedure:

To be considered for this Internship, please send your CV, including a short motivational letter of no more than 400 words (and no other attachments please) to WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division at grtkf@wipo.int by November 30, 2021.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment. The selection process will be carried out during the period December 2021 to January 2022, with the selected candidate starting in February 2022.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates of the Internship may be subject to change or cancelled.

Official Website: WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division Internship 2022



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