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UN agency U-turn after unpaid internships row

The World Health Organization (WHO) is to offer paid internships for the first time to boost access for those applying from developing countries, the BBC has learnt.

About 1,200 interns are accepted by one of the UN's largest agencies each year to support its work improving public health and tackling global diseases.

Yet fewer than one in four of those chosen are from low-income countries.

For the past 50 years, the WHO has expected its interns to move to their headquarters in Geneva, or one of its six regional offices, and work unpaid without travel expenses for up to six months, costing each person around £5,000 ($6,540).

                                                                                                  Read the full article here

Students should not sell themselves short at internships.

With potential employers flocking to campus for the career fair, students should remind themselves what they can gain from the resource and more importantly, what is in their best interests.

The career fair is a wonderful opportunity for go-getting younger students to be privy to summer internships and the people handing them out, as well as seniors on the cusp of graduation looking for gainful employment after jumping in the river this December or May.

Click here to read more 

State museums criticised for unpaid interns

Ireland’s foremost cultural institutions, including the National Museum and the National Gallery, are among several State agencies coming under scrutiny for hiring unpaid interns.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council and the Heritage Councilhave also been taking on unwaged workers over at least the last two years, Minster for Culture Josepha Madigan has confirmed.

To read the full article click here
GIA Drinks - Funky Monkey Room (FMR)
Hey everyone!

Lets see-off the end of September with style! This Thursday we'd like to welcome you to the Funky Monkey Room aka FMR, a true all-rounder where you'll go bananas. Have a drink, try their SUPERB gourmet burgers, chill out with a Shisha or simply dance the night away! You will need a capuchino next morning to recover. 

We'll have a limited number of free shots that we'll give out during the night so come down early! 

GIA Wristbands will be on sale during the night for 3 chf till 22:00.

                                          ****Deal with a GIA Wristband****

                                    Pints of Beer: 5 CHF
                                    Wine: 5 CHF
                                    Long Drinks: 10 CHF

                     Food Deal with a GIA Wristband (available from 20:00 till 00:00)

                       Cheese burger + fries + beer 20 CHF
                       Crispy chicken+ fries + beer 21 CHF
                       Veggie Burger + fries + beer 21 CHF

We’ll be giving out up to 50 free shots to those giving it their all on the dance floor

Where: Funky Monkey Room, Rue du Stand 9
When: Starting from 20:30
How to get there: Tram 14 till "Palladium" or tram 15 till "Stand" and then a 2/3 minutes walk.

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

Also, here is the FB event in case that you want to check it out there.

Geneva BlaBla Language Exchange - Friday 28th of September

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

This 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

Lost in Swing! Live Concert! Geneva Swing - Speakeasy set

This Tuesday come to Les Etages des Bergues if you are into Swing music. There will be an initiation at the beginnig of the night in case that you want to learn the basics, and after that a live concert so you can enjoy the music and maybe even practice a bit, it promises to be a good night. Oh, and before we forget, its going to be completely free! 
                                    More info of the event here

ESN Geneve - Pubnight at Ethno Bar

ESN (Erasmus Students Network) gathers the exchange stundents from all around the world every Wednesday in a different bar every week and get special prices for them so they can get to know each other and the locals, so if you are feeling like hanging out with students and have a few drinks this is your chance! 

FB event for more information, here.
All Style Fluo Party!
No automatic alt text available.In case you wanted something cool to do this Friday, search no more, a Fluo/Neon party is always nice, specially if its for celebrating eat&out 2nd year of existance and this means that there will be cheap drinks, all-style music, fluorescent make-up & goodies so you can bright as well. 

                                                                           For more info check the FB event here

Japanese Festival at Carouge

This Sunday in la place de la Sardaigne, prepare to feel surrounded with a Japanese atmosphere, traditional dishes and re-discover their culture.

View the event on facebook here

InternsTalk: Unlocking the secrets of Competency Based Interviews

IOM Intern's Board is happy to invite you to the next intern's talk held by Michael Emery, director of IOM’s Human Resources Division on "Unlocking the Secrets of Competency Based Interviews". 

The talk will be taking place on Monday 1st of October at 12.30 in the first floor conference room (main building) at IOM. 

This is happening next Monday but given the limited available seats, please confirm your participation, specifying name/surname and organisation in which you are doing your internship. 
Click here for more info.

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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