Intellectual Property Counsel Internship 2024


Auburn Hills, MI, US

Division:  US-Corporate (COR)
Req ID:  52238

The objective of the Student Programs at Nexteer Automotive is to select students with high potential and provide them with "real world" work experiences. Work assignments expose students to many of the company’s products, processes and procedures. Assignments are designed to assimilate acquired classroom education with actual hands-on work experience in a technical environment. In addition, Nexteer Automotive gains the opportunity to find new talent to enhance productivity while providing students exposure to full-time career opportunities.


About Nexteer Automotive:

  • This Intellectual Property counsel internship position provides an opportunity for a first or second year law student to work as a legal intern in a fast-paced Legal Department for Nexteer Automotive, a publicly traded company with its corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. 
  • The position will report to the Chief IP Counsel and will work in partnership with many of the attorneys, including the divisional legal directors and the specialized counsel.
  • The position will be remote and located on-site in Auburn Hills, MI.


About the Legal Department:

  • Consists of 9 attorneys


Job Description:

  • Conduct patentability and infringement investigations.
  • Draft responses to Office Actions.
  • Draft patent applications.
  • Attend Patent Review Boards.
  • Assist with a variety of tasks typical in a corporate legal department.
  • Work areas would include a broad range of matters such as: corporate governance, employment and labor, claims and litigation, compliance and ethics, commercial contracts, intellectual property, and other general corporate legal work.
  • Draft and review NDA’s and other legal documents.
  • Assist in commercial matters.
  • Assist in litigation issues.
  • Assist with review and timely response to subpoenas and other information requests.
  • Respond promptly to requests from the sales, purchasing, operations, finance, engineering, and other departments.
  • Summarize and communicate risks, legal concepts, company policies, and procedures in a way that business people can use.
  • Support the continuous improvement of standard agreements and legal processes.
  • Communicate effectively in a fast paced, multi-cultural environment.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Candidate must be patent bar eligible – engineering or software background preferred
  • Candidate must be a 1L or 2L enrolled at Wayne State Law School
  • Candidate must be able to work onsite 2-3 days per week (some remote possible) and on a multiple, consecutive semester basis
  • Candidate must have cumulative 2.7 GPA on 4.0 scale
    • Preferred: 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Candidate must be a full-time student
  • Excellent organizational skills, detail oriented, good judgment and professional
  • Demonstrate logic, reasoning, good judgment and have the ability to work independently and with a group/team; proven problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical and time management skills; able to meet deadlines
  • Superior English communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Impeccable ethics and integrity
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to work on-site
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Candidate must have the ability to work 20-32 hours per week
  • Candidate must have the right to work in the US and not require sponsorship


Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/Minorities/Veterans/Women


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Nexteer is an E-Verify employer. E-Verify is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employees to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees in the United States.


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