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Boss hits back at interns who claim they should be paid
An unpaid intern has criticised her former boss who labelled her as a lazy millennial who 'would rather work at Bunnings' than advance her career.

Anastasiya Tsymay, 19, is one of twenty-six young people who took part in a three-month placement at DFSM Consulting, who believe they were being exploited.

The 19-year-old said what was meant to be a learning experience was more like a regular job and should have come with a salary, reported.

To read the full article here
UN Official: Migrant surge "normal", U.S. should not reinforce border
The caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico is “kind of a normal event” and the United States ought not to reinforce its border against them, a United Nations official said on Friday.

With days to go before mid-term elections, U.S. President Donald Trump has called the surge of people an “invasion”, ordered troops to the border and suggested any rock-throwing by migrants should be treated as equivalent to gunfire.
                                                                                            To read the full article here
GIA Drinks - Casa Tiki
Hello everyone!

After the amazing pub crawl from last friday, this week we would like to introduce you to Casa Tiki, which is a great new bar in the Jonction area, it has this warm/tropical/tiki vibe (rattan chairs, pineapple lamps above the bar and jungle wallpaper), so it's definitely a place that we have to visit. 

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

Pint of Beer - 6 CHF 
Shots - 5 CHF
Wines - 5 CHF
Long Drinks - 11 CHF
Gin Tonic - 15 CHF

Guacamole - 9 CHF (for 2-3 people)
Charcuterie - 25 CHF (for 4 people)

Where: Casa Tiki (Rue du Vélodrome 11, 1205 Genève)
When: Starting from 20:30
How to get there: Get to the "Jonction" tram/bus stop with the tram 14 or bus 19, 2, 11, D
after that is just a 2 minutes walk.

See you there and feel free to come with your friends, the more the merrier!
Your GIA social affairs team.

Geneva Blabla Language Exchange - Friday 9th of November

With this 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

A Rose in Winter - Geneva Peace Week screening 

Be inspired by this re-telling of the story of Edith Stein - a champion of feminism, a Carmelite nun, a German Jew, a martyr in Auschwitz and a canonized saint.

Be enthused by her extraordinary, courageous path to survival, strong advocacy for feminism and search for peace.
Stein’s legacy today is more relevant than ever. Let’s learn from the past to build peace for the future.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the theme "Lessons for the future of peacebuilding: how can history enlighten current practices to face the contemporary challenges of peace?"                      
                                                                                                                                                                                 FB event, here

Sustaining Peace in an Era of Climate Change


As part of the 2018 Geneva Peace Week, the IHEID Environmental Committee and Quaker United Nations Office present the panel discussion 'Sustaining Peace in an Era of Climate Change: Policy and Practice for Preventing Conflict'.

Climate change and other current environmental crises are a direct threat in themselves and a multiplier of many other threats, including poverty, displacement and violent conflict. How can a rights-based approach to climate action and natural resource management help sustain peace and prevent conflict in communities facing increasing and dangerous environmental disruption? 
                                                                                        Find out more about the event, here

Nuit du conte en Suisse (Dans le Quartier des Grottes)

Every year since 1995, various partners throughout Switzerland have supported the cohesion and cultural diversity by participating in this national event proposed by the Swiss Institute for Youth and Media and Bibliomedia Switzerland, which traditionally takes place on the second Friday in November.

This oral tradition helps to remind us of the importance and interest of stories to nourish our collective imagination.
By bringing children and adults together for the pleasure of hearing stories, Storytelling Night in Switzerland is also an original way to promote the desire to share readings on a daily basis.
                                                                                    Read more about the event, here


Discounted Ski Passes at Chamonix!

There are currently some 7/7 Chamonix day Ski-passes available for online purchase at a 31% discount through BuyClub. You will be able to use the passes directly at the ski lifts without having to wait at the till beforehand. Adult day-passes are reduced from 64 chf to 44 chf, and the passes are valid for use during the height of the Ski season. Each person is limited to 5 passes.

The offer closes on the 18th of November! 

For more information on the offer 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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