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The Young Innovators Leadership Program (YILP) is a 10-month internship program aimed to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills to setup and lead an innovation-based startup enterprise.


This extracurricular program is open to incoming sophomore, junior and senior students of the Ateneo de Manila University.

YILP provides plenty of experience-based learning opportunities particularly on how to develop human-centric solutions to real-world problems, how to search, draft and file patents to protect these solutions, and eventually make successful enterprises out of these.

The interns, who will be grouped into multidisciplinary teams of 3-5 members, will each have some leadership roles at various times during the internship. 

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At the end of the internship, each team able to complete all the required outputs will be awarded a grant of Php 40,000-60,000, depending on the team’s performance, and this will be used for the pursuit of their innovation ideas and start-up initiatives. Furthermore, selected teams will be invited to be incubated in The Blue Nest, Ateneo’s premiere startup incubation program, where they will continue to receive some support and business mentoring to give them even better chances at success.

YILP is designed and hosted by the Ateneo Intellectual Property Office (AIPO), a Platinum Medal awardee of the Innovation Technology Support Office (ITSO) network of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).




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What is YILP?

Young Innovators Leadership Program (YILP) is an internship program offered by the Ateneo Intellectual Property Office.

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What will I actually be doing during the internship?

Attend learning discussions about creative thinking, patent searching and drafting, startup management and conceptualization, and apply them on hands-on actual AIPO work

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Is the internship program online?

Hybrid. Some require lectures/workshops online while other tasks require you to be in the field / office.

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How long is the duration of the program?

Ten (10) months. From June of this year to March of the following year.

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Who can apply?

Incoming Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students of the Ateneo de Manila University.

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What will I gain if I apply?

Interns will be able to gain skills in Innovative ideation, Intellectual Property protection and Entrepreneurship. They will gain access to the AIPO's network of experts, industry contacts, facilities, and available resources. Each successful intern will be given an official certificate of completion during the YILP commencement ceremony.

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Is there a monetary incentive?

At the end of the program, successful intern groups will receive AIPO funding support for their innovation ideas.

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How many hours will interns be required to work per week?

The workload is about the same as in a typical 3-unit academic course. It will consist of about 3 hours/week of learning session plus at least 1 hour/week of concept application and/or experiential activities.

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Will I get an academic credit for my internship?

No academic credit will be given, as YILP is an extra-curricular program. However, your internship can be added to your Curiculum Vitae, and more importantly, the learnings will be applicable to many aspects of your life.

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Is there an interview during the application process?

Short listed applicants will be invited for an interview.

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When is the application deadline?

Application period for the 2022 cohort has ended. However, you may still apply for the 2023 program when it opens next year.

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When are students notified if they have been selected?

Accepted interns will be notified on May 20, 2022.

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How do I apply?

Application is purely online. However, the submission period for the 2022 cohort has ended. 

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What if my question wasn't answered here?

You can send an email to for more inquiries.


​Application period for the 2022 cohort has ended.

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