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Sample cover letter for Internship position at WIPO




I am writing to express my strong desire to be considered for the internship position recently advertised by your organization. A recent Nigerian bar qualified lawyer, I have a strong interest in Intellectual Property (IP) Law. I am particularly interested in a position with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), because as a United Nations specialized agency, WIPO has an incredible knowledge bank of global IP practices.

A corporate finance law postgraduate from the University of Westminster, London, I have experience doing research on behalf of Investment banks. I have developed advanced research skills and I am very commercially aware and would like to apply this to a position with your organization and gain exposure to global IP laws.

As a citizen of a country with a movie industry estimated to be worth billions of dollars, and only a fraction of this is realized by industrypractitioners because of widespread counterfeiting and piracy , I understand firsthand the damage IP crime can do to an economy and the need for a strong IP regime. I believe that an internship with WIPO, will better equip me with the tools to contribute my quota towards the development of a strong IP regime in my country.

As an Associate at one of Nigeria's foremost law firm, I have gained a relatively enormous practical exposure in the field of intellectual property law within a short period of time and this has spurred in me, further interest in Intellectual property law. I was part of a team that pursued and secured a settlement with a major mobile telecommunications company, for the unauthorized use of a client's songs as caller ring back tunes on its platform. I was part of a team that conducted research as part of efforts towards the drafting of a new anti-counterfeiting law for Lagos State of Nigeria. I am currently leading efforts in the recovery of the domain name of one of Nigeria's most accomplished musical performers via the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). I am keen to explore knowledge of IP law at a global level and an internship at WIPO presents the perfect opportunity.

With the many successes WIPO has achieved over the years, it is the most appropriate place for me to gain exposure to IP Law because of its high standards and thorough work ethic. Also, it fits with my career aspiration of becoming a highly skilled IP Lawyer. I possess excellent communication, presentation, negotiation and interpersonal skills. I have acquired the ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines. I am organized and methodical with excellent time management, prioritization and planning. I have experience working in multi- cultural and multi- lingual environment. I am currently taking intensive classes to improve my French language skills. Furthermore, I am a quick learner, hard working and driven by goals. Nothing provides me with more satisfaction than making a contribution to the success of a task as part of a team. I welcome the opportunity to interview at your convenience. If you should require any additional materials, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Samuel Orji

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