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Tax and Social Legislation Guidelines

Regarding the issue of social security and taxation requirements in Switzerland, a summary has been published online which gives some clarity on the situation face by  people who hold a Legitimation Card “H”. This therefore applies to non-staff members (consultants, individual contractors, fellows, interns or volunteers) of the UN, Permanent Missions and other International Organizations.

The CDL “H” corresponds to people without privileges and immunity in Switzerland, this is something that is specifically stated at the back of the legitimation card in French and in German.

To read the online information click here>>

Please note, of particular relevance to interns is point number 2 on Health and accident insurance, it specifically mentions a special status for interns with regards to the obligation to have Swiss health insurance.

World Investment Forum opens in Geneva with calls for innovative, strategic solutions to development funding                 


Governments, businesses ‘walk the talk’ for investment in sustainable development: U.N. forum.

“Business and government leaders from around the world have gathered at a major United Nations conference in Geneva, in search of innovative and strategic solutions to complex investment and development challenges. The 2018 World Investment Forum, organized by UNCTAD, the primary U.N. agency on trade and development, comes against the backdrop of declining investment flows around the world and concern over how that is affecting sustainable development, according to the agency…” (10/22).

To read more, click here

Unpaid for 8 months, K'taka medical interns and PG students stop work in protest

Medical interns and post-graduate doctors in Karnataka took to the streets on Tuesday to demand the payment of eight months worth of salary. While 51 medical interns and 38 post-graduate doctors serving in Wenlock District Hospital, Regional Advanced Pediatric Care Centre (RAPCC) and Lady Goschen Hospital held a silent protest in Mangaluru, 103 interns and 130 post-graduate doctors serving in Chigateri District Hospital and Women Child Hospital went out on a rally in Davangere. 

The interns and post-graduate students study at Kasturba Medical College in Mangaluru and JJM Medical College in Davangere. In their absence, services in sections of the hospitals including casualty, ICU, labour, out-patient department, medicine department, and operating rooms, were affected.

Read more about it here

GIA & Young@CERN Pub Crawl

Hello everyone, 

The GIA was first formed in 2011, and now in 2018 to mark its 7th Birthday there will be a collaboration with Young @ CERN for the first time to host an epic pub crawl! We will visit 7 venues starting from 6 pm and spending an hour at each of the first 6 venues before finishing things off for the rest of the night at a nightclub. It's halloween that week as well, so be sure to get your scary costumes on! 

There will be some GIA - Young @ CERN special drinks offers at the bars we visit on the night [below], keep an eye out as these may still be subject to change. You will need to bring your GIA wristband if you are with GIA or your CERN badge if you are with Young @ CERN.

At Le plaza we will meet then split off into two groups and follow the schedule featured in this post. This will be updated over time.

Though not in this order, the venues we will visit and the discounts are listed below

Le Plaza                                                           Fenomeno

Shot - 5 CHF                                                    Beer (pint) - 6 CHF
Wine - 5 CHF                                                   Small beer - 3 CHF
Soft drinks - 4 CHF                                           Wine - 6 CHF
Pint of Beer - 6 CHF                                         Long Drinks - 10 CHF
Small Beer - 4.50 CHF
Long drink - 10 CHF

Le Scandale                                                    The Clubhouse                                                          
Beer - 6 CHF                                                   Wine - 4 CHF
Wine - 5 CHF                                                   Beer - 6 CHF
Soft drinks - 4 CHF                                          Cider - 6 CHF
Long drinks - 10 CHF                                       Snakebite - 6 CHF
                                                                     Long Drinks - 10 CHF

Lola's Food Garage                                          The Crowned Eagle

Iced tea - 2.50 CHF                                        Vodka/Whiskey and mixer - 10 CHF
Wine - 5 CHF                                                  Wines - 5 CHF
Blonde - 5 CHF                                               Blonde - 6 CHF
Long drinks - 10 CHF                                      Shots - 4 CHF
Cocktails - 10 CHF (Basil Beauty,
Celina Fizz & Lola Margarita)

                                      Plan B - Genève  (From 00:00 – 00:30)

                                      Beer - 5 CHF 
                                      Shots - 5 CHF
                                      Club entry - 5 CHF (instead of 15 [with a costume] -20 CHF). 

Be sure to follow the event on Facebook, here

Halloween Party - 90's & All Style

We are going to finish up the Pub crawl at the Plan B Halloween so be prepared for the best party yet! Spooky decorations, visual projections, special Halloween dry ice cocktails, make up artists and a bottle give away prizes for the one in the best costume!

/ 2 STAGES // 2 VIBES /
- Stage 1: DJ set of 90's music
- Stage 2: Live Band - 70’s & 80’s Disco-funk show 

/ Stage 1 /                                                                      / Stage 2 /
° DJ SiLK °                                                                   ° TIME MACHINE °
- 90’s & All style DJ set                                                  - 70’s & 80’s Disco-Funk Live Show -

As this is the place where we'll end our epic halloween-ish Pubcrawl, GIA members and CERN badge holders will only pay 5 chf to get in + 30 minutes window of discounts on drinks.
Click here for more details. 

Geneva Blabla Language Exchange - Friday 2nd of November

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

IHL in the work of UN Human Rights Bodies

This panel seeks to move beyond the past debates and focus on the practicalities of how #IHL is used and the role it plays in the work of the UN human rights machinery. It will be moderated by Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of Public International Law Essex Law School, University of Essex

                                                                                                                For more information, click here

Special Housing Offer

If you need accommodation in Geneva between October 2018 and December 2018, there is an offer from Webster University!

They propose Single Rooms in Suites for CHF1000-CHF1100  per month, with all utilities and bedding included, in their residence Les Berges du Rhône. 

The residence is ideally located in the neighborhood of La Jonction, a few steps away from Tram 14 stop Palladium, all commodities are at walking distance as well: Migros, Coop, pharmacy, bank, post office, restaurants etc.

If you are interested feel free to contact them at:
For more information visit the GIA Website
DarkMatterDay: Searching for the hidden matter of the Universe
No automatic alt text available.On 31 October there will be a conference by Marco Cirelli, a CNRS Researcher at Sorbonne University in Paris on the occasion of Dark Matter Day at CERN, Globe of science and innovation.

Dark Matter makes up more than 80% of the matter in the Universe: we are certain that it exists, we can guess some of its properties, but we have no clue of its real nature. This is embarrassing and forces us to humility: it is one of the most pressing topics in modern cosmology and particle physics. That’s why a small army of researchers works and looks for clues every day.
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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