IP Externships & Jobs

This list is regularly updated with externship and job opportunities. If you know of an opportunity that is not listed or would like to craft an externship opportunity or other career-related opportunity that is unique to your interests, please reach out to Felicia Caponigri, Program Director, at fcaponig@nd.edu.  

Externship Opportunities

For specific information on externships, including the application process, click here. (For Current Students only.)

South Bend/On Campus

  • Notre Dame General Counsel’s Office
  • NIBCO, Inc.
  • Whirpool
  • Thor Industries, Inc.
  • Bradley Company


  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • National Association of Realtors

Washington, D.C. 

  • Smithsonian, Office of the General Counsel
  • Library of Congress
  • TTAB
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Legislative Committees: Indian Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; House Committees: Science, Space and Technology; Small Business Joint Committees: Joint Committee on the Library; Joint Economic Committee


  • Cleveland Scott York
  • Orrick
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner
  • LawinSport
  • Youth Business International


Job Opportunities

Recurring Summer Opportunities

The Loyola Patent Interview Program 

  • The Loyola Patent Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2020 Patent Law Interview Program will be held fully virtually on January 14-15, 2021. The registration period reopens on August 27.

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair

  • The Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair is an intellectual property job fair run by the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance. The employers who participate predominantly have Atlanta offices, but many other markets are increasingly represented. The 2020 fair will be held virtually on Tuesday, July 28. Student registration deadline has passed.

Anjie Law Firm

  • The Anjie Law Firm has 1-2 eight week summer internship positions for 1Ls and 2Ls in their offices in Beijing. The internship offers the opportunity to work on "IP matters related to international clients and rising local stars" in China. The firm also pays for your round-trip airfare to China and for your housing. This is a great opportunity for global lawyering with an IP focus. To hear the perspectives of law students who have previously participated in the internship, read this news item: Two Notre Dame Law students spend summer in Beijing, work in IP law. Apply for this opportunity through IrishLink. The application deadline has passed.

Dublin Honor Scholars Program 

  • Through the Dublin Summer Internship Program five students intern with Irish law firms in Dublin. All of these law firms have IP or technology law practice groups, and the presence of U.S. tech companies in Dublin makes it a particularly great location to pursue privacy law. Participating law firms include William Fry, A&L Goodbody, Whitney Moore, Mason Hayes & Curran, and Philip Lee. The application deadline has passed.

Current Opportunities

For recent graduates and 3Ls: 

The Engelberg Center at NYU has announced their Call for Fellows 2020-21. This fellowship "provides an opportunity for individuals to explore areas of innovation law and policy as part of the Engelberg Center community.  The fellowship is open to lawyers, technologists, artists, policymakers, academics, and innovators of all kinds." Fellows are awarded an average grant of $10,000 and the fellowship requires you to be primarily based in NYC; participate in monthly fellowship meetings; identify and complete a primary project; and host two student mentorship lunches during the course of the fellowship. Explore this recently funded project on 3D Open Access programs (GLAM 3D) to see the research possibilities! Here is a link to the application and the application review begins on August 3, 2020. 

The U.S. Copyright Office has opened applications for the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. See further details and the application here. More information on this great eighteen- to twenty-four months opportunity "created for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law" is available on the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program website. 

The IP Center at UIC John Marshall is looking to hire an Intellectual Property Law Fellow with a target start date of November 2020. The position is for recent JD or LLM graduates interested in intellectual property law. The position provides a unique opportunity for a recent law-school graduate to work closely with the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law on various substantive IP issues while also interacting with IP leaders in the judiciary, government, academia, and private sector. It is a two year commitment which would begin in November 2020. Duties include assisting in strategic goal-setting for the Center, helping recruit and onboard Center-related adjunct faculty, co-drafting academic research articles to be submitted for publication or position papers to be submitted to courts and government agencies, and assisting in planning and executing Center-related conferences, public lectures, and executive seminars – and potentially participating in those events. If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. Felicia Caponigri at fcaponig@nd.edu for the relevant contact at UIC John Marshall.