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Global Intern Survey 2017 Results: 1st Independent Report on UN Internships
For the first time, an independent report will reveal key data on UN internships, their conditions of work and analyse the effect of unpaid UN internships on job prospects. The data has been collected through a Global Intern Survey, launched In August 2017, spearheaded by the Fair Internship Initiative (FII), an independent youth-led initiative focused on advocating for quality and accessible internships. The survey was developed together with the Geneva Interns Association (GIA), the Graduate Institute Students’ Association (GISA) and various Intern Boards in Geneva. The campaign received support from the Global Intern Coalition (GIC), a cluster of interns’ advocacy groups from around the world. 

The 1st independent Report on UN internships will be presented on Tuesday February 20, 2018 at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Petal 2, room S8 from 19.00. You can find the Facebook Event here>> and the full press article here>>.
Intern Abuse Goes Unheeded - Thailand
According to labour activists, there is an internship programme that needs a review as loopholes exist through which interns may be exploited. The "cooperative education" programme agreed between some vocational institutes and businesses, mostly in the industrial sector, is being questioned over the way it is practised, which works for the benefit of some businesses at the expense of the interns.

Some vocational students who have entered the paid internship programmes were underpaid and worked overtime without pay and welfare benefits. To find out more from the source article, click here>>.

GIA Drinks - The Crowned Eagle

The next GIA drinks will be on Thursday night at The Crowned Eagle bar! This is a new pub that has recently opened and it is conveniently located right next to Cornavin. As per the norm, GIA wristbands are available for purchase on the night for 3 chf, before 22:30 pm.


- Shots: CHF 5
- Wines: CHF 5
- Carlsberg: CHF 6
- Vodka/Whiskey and mixer: CHF 9

Be part of the WSIS CLOUD CAFÉ: ICTs for Development

Purpose: The main purpose of this activity is to discuss the main issues in the identified topics for youth within the WSIS framework to encourage an active contribution and participation to the WSIS Process. The forum will facilitate knowledge sharing and generate a debate on the main challenges of the selected WSIS Action lines.
Benefits: Empowering youth to engage in WSIS action lines to achieve the sustainable development goals with guidance through this dynamic to impact their careers and provide them with a multi-stakeholder platform in order to share their views and discuss the main challenges and opportunities in ICTs.
Definition: The Cloud Café consist of a 2 hour dynamic space where experts representing one topic will be available to have a  brief debate with each participant for 10 minutes, where they can provide knowledge, share their experience, and solve questions.
Date: 23rd March 2018 (Time stills pending)
Place: ITU Headquarters Rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Genève

Choose the topics (HERE) you would like to discuss with UN Experts and register (HERE) for a free lunch. 

Selected Events - This Week in Geneva

Ciné-club | Antichrist - Monday Feb 19
The Unige Cinema Club is screening the Lars Von Trier film Antichrist (2009), starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe, TONIGHT at the Auditorium Arditi at Uni Mail. The tickets are 8 CHF and the screening is at 20h00. More details HERE.

Homage to David Bowie - Thursday & Friday Feb 22-23
Alhambra is celebrating the legendary David Bowie, with a live act and all manner of theatrics, particularly focusing on the 1975 -1980 period. This will be going on both Thursday and Friday, and it sounds promising, so check it out! More details HERE.

Post-Hardcore at l'Usine: At the Drive In - Friday Feb 23
If you're more Rock-inclined, don't miss the gig of the week, American band "At the Drive In" is playing the PRT stage of l'Usine, with supporting acts Death From Above 1979 (Rock, CA) and Le Butcherettes (Garage Punk, MEX). This will take place on Friday from 19:00. Get tickets HERE

Techno & House at Audio - Friday Feb 23
Audio club is starting to make a name for itself, and deservedly so! Presenting the House music British duo Dusky on Saturday 24th & Max Cooper, also from the UK, bringing Minimal techno sounds on Friday 23rd, this weekend is bound to be an exciting one! Find more details about both nights HERE and HERE. Also, check out O'Flynn (UK - Ninja Tune) playing for the first time in CH live on Thursday night, free entrance! Details HERE.

Critical Mass February - Friday Feb 23
Critical mass is a gathering of cyclists, skaters and rollerbladers, taking over the roads in a peaceful and celebratory way every last Friday of the month in Geneva. It is not an organisation but rather an idea and an event, to raise awareness about the number of cars on the roads of our cities. Meeting point is at 18h30 at Ile Rousseau. If you're a cyclist, you'll definitely want to check it out! Details HERE

Brazil honored at Graviere - Saturday Feb 24
Celebrate Carnival on Saturday 14th with Batucada, dance and percussion, native to Brazil, for the first in Geneva, as well as Dr.Doca on the decks and the local DJ Mitch and Les Diplomates closing the night! It is bound to get festive! More details HERE

Puppet Theatre - Sunday Feb 25
Do not miss out on the new show at the Geneva Puppet Theatre, A Child Of Our Time (Un Fils de notre temps), the story of a young soldier struggling with the elemental social forces of his day! Performances on Friday 23rd February (7pm) and Sunday 25th February (5pm) will feature English surtitles!!! The show is recommended for adults and young people from the age of 12.  More details HERE.

Battle Groove'N'Move - Sunday Feb - 25
The Groove'N'Move Battle is back for it's 3rd edition in a new venue: The Zoo de l'Usine in Geneva! Two categories of urban dances will be honored: popping (1vs1), All Style (2vs2) in Bonnie & Clyde. If you're a dancer, there is still to register, and if you're a fan of the dance scene, make sure to check this out, dance events are rare in the city! Find out more about registering and attending HERE.

The Affects of Democracy

There will be an open lecture carried out by Chantal Mouffe on Monday 19 February 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 on the crucial role played in politics by the "affects" that are at stake in the construction of collective identities. Chantal is a Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London.

The talk will focus on the nature of our current 'post-democratic' condition and enquire about the affects that need to be mobilised in order to create a collective will able to give a new vigour to the democratic ideals.

Monday 19 February 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 pm at the Auditorium A1B, Maison de la paix, Genève, For more details and to register, 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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