Summer Internship & Clerkship Opportunities

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Current Vacancies 

NEW!  Merchant & Gould, The Summer Associate Program has been our primary source of new associates for many years. The program is open to first-year and second-year law students of all backgrounds and is designed to provide a stimulating and diverse educational experience for exceptional law students nationwide. Summer Associates are given significant projects and work closely with the assigning attorney. In many ways, these work projects are similar to those given to new associates.

We believe it is imperative for Summer Associates to understand both the prosecution and litigation aspects of intellectual property law; as a result, Summer Associates are strongly encouraged to delve into both areas during the summer. Evaluations are conducted mid-summer and at summer's end.

Our weekly In-House Training Program is designed to provide exposure to as many practice areas as possible. Summer Associates are also invited to attend the monthly practice group meetings as well as the attorney training seminars.

Exciting social events (on large, small, formal and informal scales) are planned throughout the summer. It is during the social events that many of the future professional relationships are founded and long-lasting friendships are formed.

Summer Program Details:

  • Start and End Date: TBD
  • Duration: 10 Weeks
  • Job Qualifications/Technical Background Required: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, life sciences or related degrees. Advanced degree and industry experience preferred. Scientific or technical background not required for litigation practice. Top 25% in undergrad and law school preferred. Law review or moot court a plus. To be considered, please apply online at Career Opportunities ( You will need to provide a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school/undergrad transcripts, and a writing sample. Merchant & Gould provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
    We encourage candidates with disabilities. If you need any accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Department at or 1-612-332-5300.
  • Location: Summer Associates can be located in Denver - CO, Minneapolis - MN, Atlanta - GA, New York - NY, Washington - DC, Knoxville - TN
  • Program Link: 2025 Summer Associate - MERCHANT & GOULD PC - Career Page (

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel Atencio

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, Sterne Kessler’s Summer Associate program is the primary source for our entry-level attorney class each year. It is our priority to present challenging responsibilities and opportunities to our Summer Associates in a hardworking, yet supportive atmosphere. Our Summer Associates work on matters that involve cutting-edge technologies, developed by a broad range of innovative individuals and companies. 

This early application posting opens on April 1, 2024. We will review applications on a rolling basis and schedule interviews as we review applications. All first-round interviews will be held virtually. Candidates selected for a second-round interview will be given the choice of an in-person interview or a virtual interview

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Estimated program dates: May 19 - July 25, 2025
  • Technical Background Required: STEM background/patent bar eligibility needed for prosecution groups (Mechanical, Electronics, Biotech + Chemical). STEM degrees preferred but not required for litigation groups.
  • Location: Washington, DC. Our Summer 2025 program will be held in-person in our Washington, D.C. office. Summer Associates can work hybrid schedules and have 1-2 work-from-home days per week.
  • Summer Associate Link:
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Heather Molina at 

Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks P.C., What is practicing intellectual property law at Wolf Greenfield really like? Our summer program will immerse you in our work and culture, and you’ll learn firsthand why we have industry leading attorney retention rates. From cybersquatting to snowboard binding design to free speech cases, our summers have helped IP clients solve problems, move innovations forward, and protect cutting edge inventions.

Summer Program Details:

  • Start and End Date: Summer 2025
  • Technical Background Required: We are accepting 2L Summer Associate applications for Summer 2025.  The following practice groups are considering candidates in all offices: Biotechnology, Electrical & Computer Technologies, Litigation, Mechanical Technologies, Post-Grant Proceedings, and Trademark & Copyright. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Location: We have offices in Boston, New York City and Washington, DC.  
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren Russo-; Director of Recruiting 

Raphael Bellum PLLC, is an Intellectual Property law firm located in northern Virginia. As a member of the firm’s IP practice, the attorney/agent/technical specialist will work directly with our attorneys, clients, examiners, and foreign counsel and will be involved in all aspects of patent practice.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration of the opportunity: TBD, but typically 8-12 weeks
  • Start and End Date of the internship: Exact dates TBD, typically late May through late July
  • Technical Background Required: No, for candidates interested in trademark and copyright; Yes, for candidates interested in patent (chemical/biological sciences, electrical/mechanical, computer engineering, or other related science degrees)
  • Program Link: and; our two intellectual property firms merged in 2023.
  • Location (if this can be remote): Falls Church, VA; Georgetown, Washington, DC; or hybrid/remote

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to our Director of Operations, Ngoc Fig

Dority & Manning, Dority & Manning is a full-service intellectual property law firm servicing diverse clientele from startup ventures to multinational fortune 500 corporations, and universities out of four main offices Greenville, SC, Raleigh NC; Seattle WA; and San Deigo, CA. The continued growth and success of Dority & Manning depends on future attorneys who will lead the firm for years to come. Our summer program provides opportunities for relationship building and practical training. We partner with you to pave your future. Students who join us for the summer work with our talented team on meaningful IP projects typically focused on patent prosecution and IP litigation. Enjoy training, mentorship, client-facing meetings, and plenty of events and opportunities to connect with team members and fellow law clerks.

Summer Programs include:

  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Start and End Date of the internship.- Exact dates TBD, flexible accommodations may be granted. Typically beginning mid-May through mid-July.
  • Technical Background: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related degrees
  • Any links that can be provided –
    1. Careers Page
    2. D&M Diversity Equity and Inclusion Details
  • Location- Greenville SC, Raleigh NC, and Seattle WA.

Contact: Please contact Shayla Warren if you have any questions,

Daniel Law, Daniel is a firm that respects your particular needs and provides legally-wise business solutions. Our diverse team of over 200 partners, attorneys, engineers, and other professionals is uniquely equipped with the legal and technical expertise, and real-world business experience, essential to develop and execute the customized strategies that meet the specific IP needs of our client’s portfolio.

Beyond understanding the nuances of IP law, we understand the region. Our in-depth and native knowledge of Brazil and Latin America’s complex legal environments enables Daniel to better anticipate our client’s needs, understand the potential risks they face, and, ultimately, provide more successful management of their IP assets.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: TBD - Up to the applicant
  • Start and End Date: TBD
  • Technical Background Required: No
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and Remote
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Pedro Alto-


Venable LLP, Always responsive to client needs and priorities, Venable's Intellectual Property team consistently delivers high-quality, practical analyses and advice rooted in real-world experience. Our nationally recognized team of professionals covers virtually every facet of intellectual property law—from litigation to the acquisition and protection of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, to transactions, and global brand protection.

Role Description

Venable is recruiting IP summer associates to join our summer program in New York and Washington, DC. Our summer program is designed to give summer associates a realistic preview of what everyday life is like as a junior associate. In addition to real work assignments, our program is focused on providing opportunities to network with peers, build relationships with firm leadership and learn about our culture and values. We firmly believe that a talented and diverse legal team delivers the best results for our clients, and we are committed to inclusion, openness, and support for all of our employees. To meet these standards, we welcome summer associates from all backgrounds and law schools.

Successful candidates display high academic achievement in their law school and undergraduate education. We look for motivated candidates who combine intellectual ability with enthusiasm and a collaborative approach.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Start and End Date: mid-May to end of July
  • Technical Background Required: Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Biology; Biochemistry; Chemistry and other Life Sciences.
  • Locations: We recruit IP summer associates to join our New York and Washington, DC offices.
  • Program Link: Please email your cover letter stating your office(s) of interest, resume, undergraduate transcript and law school transcript to


Positions Filled 

ArentFox Schiff,  Summer at ArentFox Schiff is a time for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you! Summer associates quickly discover why our program is unique. You will leave the program with a solid understanding of the opportunities available to you after law school and a great sense of the people you’ll be working with. Our culture, team approach, professional training, and social opportunities are why ArentFox Schiff stands apart.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Start and End Date: Exact dates TBD, typically late May through late July
  • Technical Background Required: No
  • Location: Boston, DC, Chicago, LA, NY or SF (all hybrid).
  • Program Link: Summer Program | ArentFox Schiff (

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicolette Griot -

canady + lortz LLP, We are an  intellectual property law firm specializing in acquiring and evaluating patent and other intellectual property rights for clients in the life sciences and high technology industries. We represent a spectrum of clients ranging from universities and research institutions to startups and large corporations. We prefer being a small IP boutique so we can provide focusedcompetentpersonal, and efficient service to our clients.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 5-7 weeks
  • Start and End Date: Summer (flexible)
  • Technical Background Required: Biology/Medicine
  • Location: Los Angeles or remote
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Canady -

Haynes Boone, We recruit nationally. Today more than 40 percent of our lawyers are graduates of law schools located outside the state of Texas, and the members of our firm have graduated from nearly 150 colleges, universities and law schools. This is a nine to ten weeks of career development, network building and in-depth mentorship experience where you will; attend meetings, depositions, court hearings and more to gain experience as a lawyer at Haynes Boone, get paired with supervising partner and associate mentors that will work with you every day throughout the summer, gain substantive skills and legal insight by attending regular practice group meetings where legal training is provided.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Start and End Date: Monday, May 13 through Friday, July 14; however, modifications to these dates can be made on a case-by-case basis to accommodate a student’s 1L academic schedule.
  • Technical Background Required: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics
  • Location: Austin, TX, Dallas-North (Richardson), TX, and San Francisco, CA
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Allison Cohn -

Finnegan, is more than the sum of legal skills or technical expertise. More than patents registered or defended. More than academic papers cited, degrees, certifications, or business expertise. Finnegan is people. Like you, we’re human beings with working styles, aspirations, and relationships built over time. We’re also a tightly knit organization with a common history, shared values, and a consistent commitment to each other.

Summer Program Details:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Laurie Taylor -

Jones Day, seeks to provide institutional solutions to our clients' institutional needs. All clients are clients of the Firm. All clients can call upon any and all of the resources of the Firm in seeking to meet their challenges—including across jurisdictions and disciplines.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Start and End Date: Mid May to End of July
  • Technical Background Required: Biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, applied physics, bioinformatics or related field. For candidates interested in life sciences patent prosecution, qualified candidates must have an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred, or M.S. with several years industry experience) in the biological sciences (e.g., Biology, Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Virology) or Chemistry (strong emphasis in organic or medicinal chemistry).
  • Location: Positions in multiple U.S. cities available. Not a remote position.
  • Pay: Compensation for this position is based upon an annualized salary of $225,000.
  • Program Link: Please email your cover letter stating your office(s) of interest, resume, undergraduate transcript and law school transcript to

*Applicants are not evaluated on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or any other legally protected category, and consideration for this program is not limited based on membership in any protected category.

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Tamera Weisser -

Foley Hoag LLP, Our summer associates work with our attorneys on matters of immediate importance to the firm’s clients.  We have no rigid work assignment or rotation system.  Summer associates have the opportunity to choose their own assignments from a wide range of departments and practice groups.  Some summer associates arrive at the firm knowing they want to practice exclusively in one area of our practice, while others use the summer to explore a number of areas to determine where their talents and interests lie

Summer Program Details:

  • Start and End Date: Varies
  • Technical Background Required: N/A
  • Location(s): Boston, MA
  • Program Link: Apply here 

Also check out there Charles J. Beard Diversity Fellowship. Click here to learn more and apply:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Fiacco at

Latham & Watkins, Latham’s IP Litigation Summer Program offers aspiring IP litigators an unparalleled depth of training, tailored mentoring from lawyers in our award-winning IP Litigation practice, and an offer of summer employment. 1L and 2L IP Litigation Summer Associates will join an all-star team of skilled attorneys focused primarily on complex patent trials, appeals, inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and related business counseling. Applications are accepted in our Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. offices.

Our IP Litigation Summer Program offers a unique opportunity to students who have just finished their first or second year of law school at an ABA-accredited school. The 10-week program includes all of the benefits of Latham’s Unassigned Summer Program, but with a dedicated focus on IP Litigation.

Summer Program Details:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Julia Graham-

Quarles & Brady LLP, We hire summer associates carefully, with the expectation that they can become partners at our firm. Our 10-week summer program is designed to show you what the practice of law is really like and allows you to meet our people. Our program is also designed to show you that we are the place for you.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Start and End Date: May 20, 2024-July 26, 2024
  • Technical Background Required: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Biology-related fields (For candidates in Biology-related fields, advanced degrees are required; Ph.D.'s are preferred)
  • Location: Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Cornell Boggs-

Renner Otto, At the law firm of Renner Otto, we help identify, protect, manage, enforce and defend intellectual property assets domestically and abroad for a diverse group of clients, including multi-national corporations, mid-sized companies, start-ups, and universities.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: About 4 months
  • Start and End Date: about May 2024 -August 2024
  • Technical Background Required: Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical Engineering
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Emily Porter -

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, thrives on the type of complex cutting-edge legal issues that make the practice of law challenging, rewarding and fun. Add a collegial work environment that encourages an enthusiastic team to excel as professionals, and the results are motivated attorneys who are able to realize their potential as advocates, advisors and leaders.

Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Start and End Date: May 21 to July 26, 2024
  • Technical Background Required: No
  • Location: Kansas City and Houston
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Bloomer -

Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., Rothwell Figg is a unique, forward-thinking, client-focused law firm practicing at the convergence of intellectual property, litigation, and technology. We are structured, operated, and above all, staffed, in a way we’ve found is ideal for the law that we practice. And this means that working here is something special, too.

Summer Program Details:

*If they apply directly, please have the students identify that they are part of the scholars program in their cover letter.

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Halle Sabo-

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., The firm is seeking current law students for its summer clerkship program.  Our summer clerkship program provides aspiring patent attorneys with a thorough exposure to the profession. Summer clerks work under the mentorship of our attorneys to assist with a variety of client projects related to patent prosecution. These projects may include preparation of responses to office actions, preparation of patent applications, conducting searches for prior art, and preparing appeal briefs.

Summer Program Details:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Holly Cosentino-

ABA - Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) is a full-time (six-week minimum) summer internship program open to diverse law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges.

.Summer Program Details:

  • Duration: About 10 weeks
  • Start and End Date: May–June
  • Technical Background Required: if 2L; we ask 1Ls to add their first semester grades as soon as they are available
  • Location: California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Delaware and Camden, NJ); Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA
  • Program Link:

Contact: If you have any questions, please reach out to Gail Howard-

USPTO (multiple summer opportunities), From real-world experience to real-world application, our student programs have the future in mind. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides talented high school seniors and college students with unique opportunities to leverage their innate skills while developing new ones for the 21st century. If you are looking for variety to meet your academic and professional goals, consider our summer and annual employment programs.

Summer Programs include:

  • USPTO Internship Program (Anthony Bowen)
  • Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program
  • Innovation Internship
  • Trademark Law Internship
  • IP Skills Work-Based Learning Program
  • USPTO Extern Program
  • Virtual Student Federal Service Internships
  • Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) Law Internship
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Summer Program Details:

Contact: Please contact Daniella Opabajo if you have any questions,



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