Opportunities for meaningful internships in international organizations abound in Geneva. Students enrolled in the Geneva International Internship Semester (Track A) program are required to participate in an internship and receive priority placement. Students on Track B are welcome to apply as well, and to participate in a part-time internship or volunteer opportunity.
Internship placements are available at many types of international organizations and NGOs, and cover a broad spectrum of issues from an international perspective, including politics, labor, international relations, human rights, peace and disarmament, environment and sustainable development, public health, trade, culture, education and mediation, and conflict resolution.
Internship placement for all tracks is done exclusively through the program’s Director and Internship Coordinator. Specific placements cannot be promised, but every effort will be made to place students in appropriate internship positions.
To aid in making placements, students who wish to intern should include a one-page internship statement with their application materials. Internship statements should detail the goals for the internship, the skills the student will bring to an organization and those s/he hopes to develop, and the type of organization s/he hopes to work with.
Courses and Credit
Academic credit is not awarded for internships. Track A students earn credit by completing the coursework described in the Curriculum.
Internships In Geneva
Read two news articles about previous students and their internships:
Waking the Dragon in Switzerland by Clare Ma '13
A World in One Place by Vanessa Louchart Bustamante '13
Internship possibilities for 2014-15:
American Citizens Abroad (ACA) - Expatriate advocacy.
Centre Catholique International de Genève (CCIG) - Non-profit association concerned with climate change, human rights, workers' rights, and interreligious dialogue.
Child Rights Connect (CRC) - Children's rights.
Defense for Children International (DCI) - Children's rights.
Democrats Abroad - US political advocacy.
Fédération internationale de l'Action des chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture (FIACAT) - Anti-torture, anti-death penalty. French-language work space.
Global Migration Policy Association (GMPA) - Addresses international migration from a global, multidisciplinary and rights-based perspective.
Hagen Resources International (HRI) - Consulting, all areas of international Geneva (trade and development issues from both political and economic perspectives).
International Bridges for Justice (IBJ) - Anti-torture for confessions, anti-pre-trial detention.
International Center for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) - Migrant and health rights.
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) - Non-profit; aims to influence the international trade system to advance goals of sustainable development.
International Communications Volunteers - Volunteering, education, programme creation.
International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) - Represents "U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts working to improve international protection and enforcement of copyrighted materials".
International Labour Organization - Conditions of Work Programme (ILO Conditions of Work) - Economics, labor, working conditions.
International Labour Organization: Employment Intensive Investment Programme (ILO EIIP) - "Promotes the orientation of infrastructure investments towards the creation of higher levels of productive employment and improved access to basic goods and services for the poor".
International Labour Organization: International Institute for Labour Studies (ILO IILS) - Autonomous facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) that promotes "research, public debate and knowledge sharing on emerging issues of concern to the ILO and its constituents - government, business and labour".
International Publishers Association - Promotes respect for copyright law, freedom to publish, and literacy.
Kenes Associations Worldwide - Consulting, medicine, science.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea - Korean affairs at UN.
UN Watch- Aims to "advance the United Nations' purposes of promoting human rights and international peace".
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - International Bureau of Education (UNESCO-IBE) - Research in international education. French-language work space.
Wikimedia.ch - Aims to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles related to Switzerland.
World Heart Federation (WHF) - "Urges greater action from policy makers, healthcare professionals, patient organizations and individuals to work together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke"