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Congress will pay Interns for the first time in decades

Interning on Capitol Hill has its benefits, but until very recently, getting paid wasn’t necessarily one of them. On Thursday, the House passed a bill allocating almost $14 million for White House interns: a provision of $8.8 million for those interning in the House and $5 million for Senate interns.

The legislation is a major victory. Previous investigations from Micrevealed that roughly 90% of House members and more than half of Senate members don’t pay their interns. White House internship programs promise prestige and opportunity for young people entering the workforce — and some serious resume-building clout — but they rarely mention the financial strain they impart on those lucky enough to get the gig.

Read more about it here
Poster appear outside UN office in Geneva 


Banners have been put up in front of the United Nations office in Geneva to highlight the grim issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The European Organisation for Pakistani Minorities, an NGO, has highlighted the issue during the ongoing 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

As per the NGO, a large number of people, mostly political activists and intellectuals, from Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and PoK have been forcefully abducted by the Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies. Many of these activists have been falsely booked under the country's Anti-Terrorism Act.

To read more information this click here

Ever done unpaid internship? You will relate to these 7 Interns

Unpaid interns, the folks who never really got to speak up very much at work, have become the topic of a lot of conversation. Is it fair to have unpaid interns? Is it fair to not pay the interns when they work so hard? Or is it fair that only a lucky few with well connected parents get the work experience and a better career opportunity? Where do you find yourself in the debate? If you’ve been an unpaid intern- which one are you.
                                                                                                                          Read more about it here

GIA Drinks - Lucky Bastard
This week we're finally doing GIA Drinks again on a Thursday, and to celebrate this we'll to one of our favorite bars in Geneva. As the title of the event says, the bar is called Lucky Bastard and once you see it we hope that you'll like it too. Sporting some great vibes, this venue will stimulate your nostalgia with an unique design and even more great offerings. Come and try some of their special cocktails, and see their mystery features in the upstairs portion of the bar which we will leave you to discover for yourself on the night! 

As always we will be selling GIA Wristbands till 10 pm


                              ******Drink prices with GIA Wristband******

                                       - Beer (Small) 4.-
                                       - Beer (Pint) 7.-
                                       - Wines 5.50.-
                                       - Jagger shots 4.- 
                                       - Tequila shots 4.- 
                                       - Long Drinks 13.-
                                       - Cocktails (Mojitos and 2 creations) 10.-

Where: Lucky Bastard (Plainpalais / Unimail)
When: Starting from 20:30 
How To Get There: TPG tram 15 or 12 arrêt (stop) : Plainpalais, and after that is just a 2-3 minutes walk.

See you guys there! Also, feel free to bring Your friends, the more the merrier.

Also, follow the Facebook event, here

Geneva Blabla Language Exchange - Friday 21st of September 

With this Language Exchange you can learn the local language or improve your skills in Japanese, French, 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

Geneva Peace Talks 2018

Every year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. The 6th edition of the Geneva Peace Talks is organized under the theme “Peace without Borders”. The speakers will share their personal experiences, stories and ideas to highlight their efforts to promote peace that goes beyond borders- be they in the mind, geographic, political or physical boundaries

For more information about how to attend, click here

Festival Alternatiba Leman 2018

The Alternatiba Festival will be held on Saturday, September 22 at the Parc des Bastions for a fantastic day focused on the alternatives to the ecological crisis that colour our region.

The objective of the "Alternatiba Léman" event is to highlight all local initiatives that contribute to reducing global warming, by implementing concrete solutions to build a more sustainable society pleasant to live with, more supportive, more friendly, more humane, and more sustainable in the Lake Geneva area.
                                                                                               View the event on facebook here

Street food - Beer - Color run

This Saturday, starting from 11 am in Place de la Sardaigne (Carouge), you'll be able to find a lot of foodtrucks, Djs, beer, and a good ambiance to prepare yourself for the 10k color run/marathon (which basically the same as regular run but there's people throwing you colored powder along the way)
View the event on facebook here and get tickets for the color run, here
Cine-ONU Free screening - The Cleaners 
No automatic alt text available.Ciné-ONU is an event In collaboration with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Immerse yourself in the hidden digital cleaning industry, which rids the Internet of content deemed inappropriate. This serious-minded, accessible and compelling documentary is admirably measured but unafraid to show disturbing content, or ask some searching questions. Who controls what we see and what we think? What is acceptable and who decides? Discover the controversies at the intersection between human rights and new technologies.
For more details, 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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