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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Patent Experience Externship Program (Non-Paid)
Open Period:
07/31/2017 - 08/14/2017


GS - 0099 00
(USD) $0
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Part-Time (20 hours a week)
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
San Jose, CA, US
Denver, CO, US
Detroit, MI, US
Dallas, TX, US
Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Susan Lewis


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens or National. Applications will be accepted from degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time in accredited institutions.

**Announcement amended to reflect new dates of Fall Program.  The dates are September 11-December 15, 2017.** 


Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
14 week volunteer fall program (unpaid).
Marketing Statement:
The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 10,230 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. Please visit our website.
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 the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). PEEP offers opportunities in the areas of engineering, science, and law. Examples of positions within PEEP include: * Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations: Provides administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinates the activities of the examination of applications for patents; and is responsible for all patent examining functions in the Technology Centers and all operational aspects of patent application, initial examination, patent publications, and international applications processing.Office of Patent Information Management: plays a critical role in providing automation technologies, e-commerce products, information resources, and customer support to patent business area employees and to global members of the Intellectual Property community. * Office of Patent Legal Administration: The mission of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) is to assist in the development and administration of U.S. patent law, advise the USPTO on patent examination policy and formulate new regulations, policies, and procedures regarding patents.  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 14-week program from September 11, 2017 ending December 15, 2017. There is a mandatory Computer Based Training that MUST be completed within 8 days of your start date.** 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


Duties may include research and review of patent applications, brief management officials on technology content, devise search strategies, draft non-final office actions, conduct prior art searches, propose an engineering position based on findings, and formulate a written legal position dealing with a range of issues from intellectual property to drafting positions on petition decisions.

Qualifications and Evaluations

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications required, applicants must also: 1. Work well in a team environment. 2. Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. 3. Have excellent writing, reading, and interpersonal skills.
Key Requirements:
  • Must be a United States Citizen or National
  • Responses to the job specific self assessment questions are required
  • You must meet the education requirements for this position
  • Education Requirements:
    The Office of Human Resources strongly encourages applicants applying for positions to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before submitting application materials for this position. If you have any questions or concerns about the application procedure or processes, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information." You will be evaluated based upon the number of hours completed as shown on your transcripts and/or experience directly related to the position to be filled. Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. Please review the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement to see what must be included in a complete application.
    All applicants applying to participate in the Patent Experience Externship Program must meet the following requirements:

    1. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student at an accredited university (either an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate). * At least half of an undergraduate's academic course load must be in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences; * Or you must be enrolled in a law degree program at an accredited university, with an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences. * Or be a Master's or PhD candidate enrolled at an accredited university seeking a degree in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences.

    2. Must be in good academic standing.

    3. If you are an undergraduate student, you must have completed at least 60 hours of credit prior to your first day of work.

    Benefits and Other Info

    A comprehensive benefits package is NOT provided for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program.

    Externship participants are eligible, however, for a transit subsidy which may cover all or some of the transportation costs incurred during the program.
    Other Information:

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You MUST apply online. Email, fax or paper resumes will not be accepted. If you experience difficulties with the application process, it is your responsibility to contact the HR Specialist listed in the "Contact Information" before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this vacancy. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page. Before you apply, please make sure you have read the entire vacancy announcement and understand the requirements. If you have ANY questions, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the vacancy announcement before the closing date. Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO. Once you have reached the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO, you will be prompted to enter (or update) your contact information on file with us. You can then begin answering the questions in the vacancy announcement. When you are done with all of the questions on a single page, click "Next" and proceed to the next page. NEED HELP? If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs "Saved Documents" feature. To upload a document in USAJOBS: Log-in at My USAJobs. Click on the "Saved Documents" link to open a list of your currently uploaded documents (if any). You may have up to 5 documents in your "Saved Documents". To upload a document: select the appropriate document type in the drop down menu, then click "Browse" to select a file stored on your computer. Type in a name to refer to your document (such as "Graduate Transcript" or "My 2009 SF-50"), then click "Upload" to transfer your selected document into your USAJobs "Saved Documents".  NOTE: Files must be less than 2 MB and should be in one of the following formats: 1) JPEG `document image, 2) Word 97-2003 .doc format, or 3) Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf). After you have successfully uploaded a document, you can review or delete any of your documents by returning to your "My Account" page and again clicking the "Saved Documents" heading. Alternatively, you may also use the direct-upload feature through the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO. After completing the application questionnaire, you will visit the "Supporting Documents" page where instructions for uploading documents are stated. You may also fax supporting documentation using the instructions provided in the "Required Documents" step of this vacancy announcement.
    Required Documents:
    A complete application consists of: 1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Information for applications for Federal employment and the OF-612 may be found at: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, and experience. 2. Transcripts: You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. You can submit your Required Documents by: You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site. Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System that you have successfully submitted your application. After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes. Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration. You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJobs. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, edit your profile and change the 'Notification Settings' to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within two weeks after the cut-off dates or the closing date of this vacancy announcement.