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Summer Internship sponsored by Cummins

Cleveland Scott York, in conjunction with Cummins will again provide a two weeks’ internship for an individual interested in a career in patent law and enthusiastic about Cummins’ products and services. The intern will gain considerable insight into the various activities involved in the creation and enforcement of a valuable patent portfolio, the reason for freedom to operate initiatives, and also the drafting and negotiating of IP agreements, from the perspective of both a law firm and an inhouse IP department.

Cummins and Cleveland Scott York are equal opportunity employers. We particularly encourage applications from students/recent graduates from backgrounds that are under-represented in the patent sector in the UK. Applications from people with disabilities who meet the criteria are particularly encouraged.


Cummins is a global organization specialising in the development of power systems for vehicles and stationary power applications. Those who are familiar with Cummins and its 100 year history will know that its roots lie in the design, development and manufacture of diesel engine technology and related components, and to this day Cummins continues to innovate in this field to provide major automotive manufacturers with clean engine solutions. Over recent decades Cummins has invested heavily in new and green energy solutions, particularly battery technologies and fuel cell systems, and has a growing portfolio of clean energy solutions for a carbon neutral future.

At the heart of this organisation is a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are extremely passionate about their company and the positive contribution they make to its success. Cummins’ core values are integrity, diversity, caring, excellence and teamwork. These are regarded highly by our employees and have led to the creation of a diverse, inclusive and empowering environment present in every part of the world where our team operates.

Cummins’ legal function is a small but integral part of that team, and includes lawyers in Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, Columbia, India, Mexico, Singapore, UK and US. The UK team, based in London, is passionate about intellectual property (IP) and has many exciting projects involving most forms of IP, particularly patents, trade marks and related transactions.

Cleveland Scott York

Cleveland Scott York (“CSY”) is a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, with offices in London, Munich, Hertfordshire and the Thames Valley. We provide comprehensive intellectual property (IP) services to a wide range of clients, including small and medium enterprises and multi-national corporations, from around the world.

CSY’s engagement with clients sets it apart. It allows the firm to play a collaborative role in their IP decisions, without losing sight of their commercial aims. It also builds the trust and insight required to form longstanding relationships with its clients.

CSY is a progressive firm with a knowledge-sharing culture and a reputation for excellence in training and professional development.


  • Working towards or recently achieved a relevant STEM subject degree, ideally electrical or mechanical engineering, applied physics or similar.
  • A demonstrable interest in engineering, and the technologies relevant to Cummins.
  • Ideally someone who is considering a career as a Patent Attorney or technically qualified IP Lawyer.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Ability to digest and effectively articulate information.
  • Excellent written communication skills.

Cummins and Cleveland Scott York are equal opportunity employers and we particularly encourage applications from students/recent graduates from backgrounds that are under-represented in the patent sector in the UK.

Location – The London offices of Cummins and CSY with the possibility of other site visits.

Duration – Two weeks commencing on a date yet to be determined, but most likely towards the end of the summer holidays.

Payment – London Living Wage


When applying, please send your CV and covering letter. In the covering letter please explain how you embrace Cummins’ values and demonstrate how you would meet them and the other criteria detailed above.

Please put “Cummins Internship” in the subject line and also let us know where you saw this internship advertised.

Should you require any adjustments to assist with your application, please contact us directly.

Applications will be considered as they arrive so make your application as soon as possible – we may have made the appointment before the published closing date.

  • Job Type: Undergraduate Level
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: London
  • Salary: London Living Wage
  • Start Date: August 2024
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