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 2016-17:
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.
Center for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) - Promotes inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and integrated development through dialogue and institutional learning.
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 Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (GIWEH) - Provides educational, research, technical, and financial support to realize the effective and sustainable use and management of water.
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 to 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 Organization for Migration - Leading international organization in the field of migration.
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 Library - A unique place containing all the League of Nations and UN archives.
UN Watch - Aims to "advance the United Nations' purposes of promoting human rights and international peace".
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"