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58,000 students strike against unpaid internships in Quebec
On the morning of Monday, Nov. 19, more than 55,000 university and Cégep students in Québec marched out of class in protest against unpaid internships. The central demand of the strike is for internships to be paid like any other job. Many of these internships are mandatory and take up hundreds of hours per semester, for which students receive zero pay. This week marked the breaking point for Québec students, who braved the snow and ice to send a message to the government and university administrations that they would not be slaves any more!
To read the full article, here
Government urged to act now to end scandal of unpaid internships.

Over a quarter of graduates surveyed (27%) have taken on an unpaid internship, with many having to rely on parents, friends and second jobs to get by, according to new research from the Sutton Trust, released on Friday (23 Nov).

Pay As You Go, based on YouGov surveys of graduates and employers commissioned by the Sutton Trust, gives a detailed view, for the first time, of the types of internships that graduates are completing in their first few years in the job market.

                                     To read the full article, here
GIA Drinks - Lola's Bar (Sushi Sesh)
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This week we will be doing our GIA drinks at Lola's Bar, A.K.A Lola's Food Garage! This time around we have a special treat for you! They'll be having one of its famous Sushi à Gogo, this is an all you can eat sushi happy hour, it costs 20 CHF with a GIA wristband (25 CHF without) and this sushi deal will end at 21:30.

On the night we will have our very own Jake Bogart DJing as DJ 17°, there will be some intense grooving to do.

As always there will also be drinks discounts for people with a GIA wristband, if you don't already have one, we will be selling them for 3 chf up until 10:00 pm.

*************Prices with GIA Wristband***************

-> Iced tea - 2.50 CHF
-> Wine - 5 CHF
-> Pint of Beer - 5 CHF
-> Long Drinks - 10 CHF
-> Cocktails - 10 CHF (Basil Beauty & Lola Margarita)

-> Sushi All You Can Eat - 20 CHF

Where: Lola's Bar
When: Starting from 20:30 
How To Get There: TPG tram 15, arrêt (stop) : Mole, and after that is just a 3 minutes walk.

See you guys there, and feel free to bring your friends, the more the merrier!
                                                                                                        Follow the FB event, here

GIA Night Out - Blackstone Festival 


Mesdames et Messieurs!

Welcome one and all to Blackstone festival (Carouge edition). On the 1st of December we are collaborating with this eclectic event to bring you fine ladies and gentlemen a free entry (all night long) party at 105 Voisins in Carouge. 

Also, with the GIA Wristband we'll get discounts on Beer and Wine all night long too! This cheeky little festival has gained a famous reputation on the south coast of the UK in Brighton and Southampton. So people, its time for you to come down and enjoy a one-of-a-kind party in one of the newest venues in Geneva.

We are lucky enough to have DJ’s from the UK, US and Switzerland here at this event covering an eclectic range of music including: House, Hip-Hop, Soul and Electronic. Check out their soundclouds below…

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****Drinks Prices****

Pint of Beer = 5CHF
Wines = 6CHF

Where: 105 Voisins (105a, Route des Jeunes, Carouge, 1227)
When: Starting from 22:00 (Free entry the whole night!)
How To Get There: 4 min walk from Bachet de Pesay tram stop - Tram no. 18 & 12 and 4 min walk from Stade de Genève bus stop - Bus no D, 21,
Follow the FB event, here

Geneva Blabla Language Exchange - Friday 30th of November

With this weekly Language Exchange you can  learn the local language or improve your skills in Japanese, Italian, English, Korean, Spanish, German, Russian, etc...

Blabla Language Exchange helps you ameliorate your language skills through the discussion of various preset topics to share with fellow group members, as well as question- answer games and other interactive activities.
                                                                                                            Find out more here

Humanizing Boarders

What are the dynamics created between the States, the affected people and humanitarian organizations working at borders? What are 'humanitarian borders' and can it help address some of the issues, including access to international protection, non-refoulement and use of force at borders? And how can States, as those with the primary responsibility, together with humanitarian organisations make borders more 'humane', so that people are not put under more risk and their needs are adequately addressed?

Find out in this discussion hosted by the ICRC, follow the event, here

Screening of 500 Years

Helvetas organizes, in collaboration with FILMAR, the screening of the documentary 500 Years, on November 30 at Fonction Cinéma (Cinémas du Grütli) in Geneva.

This poignant documentary recounts the struggle against the oppression of the Mayan peoples in Guatemala. It recounts the historic trial in 2013 against former dictator Rios Montt accused of genocide, as well as the resistance to land exploitation by multinational mining companies.
For more information click here

GIA is an association of interns, for and by interns. That means that the leadership team is always changing. So we always need new members.



We are looking for a tech savvy person to join our team as a Webmaster. Tasks include maintaining our site and online systems.

If you are interested in the vacancy, please fill out this recruitment form>> for more information or email


Do you have a passion to put pen to paper? GIA is looking for you! Tell us about your internship experiences, projects you are working on or submit an article of your choice.

If you are interested in becoming a Newsletter Columnist email us at


Our Team is looking for an aspiring photographer to join our team to chronicle intern life in Geneva

If you are interested in the vacancy, this recruitment form>> for more information or email


Our Team is looking for someone to step up and fill the "second in command" role in our executive team with the idea of eventually becoming the next chair of the association. 

If you are interested in the vacancy, this recruitment form>> for more information or email

GIA an association of interns working in International Organisations and NGOs in Geneva. Our three main aims are to improve:

- The Professional Welfare of Interns (e.g.campaigning to improve working conditions, seeking fair remuneration and diversifying the accessibility of internship programmes)

- Life Beyond Work (e.g. by continuing and improving interns’ social events like GIA Drinks and GIA Lunches)

- Continuity and a Lasting Institution (having a formal association will help passing experience and information from one generation of interns to the next)
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