Internship Program

Putting together its decisively innovative education strategy and its wide network within the International Organisations (IOs) sector, the GTI facilitates a unique internship program. A big plus for the host institutions is the possibility to have teams of up to 4 students working together on an SDG-related issue or project. Team internships and project works are actively encouraged at GTI, in line with the underlying collaborative, interdisciplinary and intercultural philosophy of our programs. Although we concentrate on securing meaningful internships for our Master students, we are happy to extend our program to all interested UNIGE students.

The internship is compulsory for students of the MIHDS part of the GTI Dual Degree Program and optional for the Single Degree MIHDS Program. To ear the corresponding 30 ECTS credits, an internship must last at least 3 months full-time, or the equivalent if working part-time, and lead to an academically-sound internship report. For the project work, students hand in a report that must link the practical work with the theoretical and academic concepts also studied in the program, and specifically identify and analyze the relevant SDG goals and indicators. In both instances, students are supervised by both an academic supervisor from the MIHDS faculty and an institutional supervisor, thereby ensuring the deliverables expected by both partners are met. Internships can be carried out during the academic year (part-time model), during the Summer break. Single Degree students can also do it during Semester 5 of the Master program. GTI allows considerable flexibility in setting up internship working hours, and host institutions are kindly required to try to offer the same conditions. GTI also provides permanently available working spaces for all its students, so a host institution can take on interns even if it does not have enough space available.

So far, agreements are in place with the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), who takes in one or two teams per year; the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which hosts up to 15 students to work on the organisation of the WSIS and AI for Good forums; as well as, new in 2019, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNAIDS, as well as dynamic start-up Goodwall. Other institutions that successfully hosted GTI students include the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Terre des Hommes, B-Lab Switzerland.

If you are interested in joining the GTI Internship Program, either as a student or a host institution, please contact susana.perdiz@unige.ch