The Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development committee is a specialized committee under the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA) with the motive of helping students reach their professional potential through workshops and events.
Read our statues here.
Strategy & Partnerships Coordinator:
Career Services Coordinator:
Our mission and current projects
-Promote career development of the Graduate Institute’s student community
-Foster relationships between the student community, the Graduate Institute Alumni Association, and the Career Services Offices of the Institute.
We're currently involved in:
The Inspira Talks
Alumni Roundtables in collaboration with the Alumni Office
Youth Thinking Ahead 21: The Future of Work
Virtual Career Fairs
Resources for job searching
International Job Search
Geneva Job Search
Geneve internationale: http://www.geneve-int.ch/fr/jobs
Indeed.ch (search Geneve): http://www.indeed.ch/
Useful Facebook Groups (especially for Geneva)
IHEID Job Network
GIA (Geneva Interns Association)
UN Intern Network Geneva (UNING)
Jobs in Geneva
Tips on searching for jobs in Geneva
Finding work in Geneva can be a complicated task.
Despite the abundance of NGOs, IOs, and the UN offices in the city, many students (even at the Masters level) are disappointed to learn that most internships are unpaid (or paid a very small stipend). It can be discouraging (especially for students who already have extensive work experience) to compete for (often unpaid) entry-level internships. Both paid and unpaid internships are generally quite competitive – however, we consistently hear from employers that IHEID students are very strong candidates, and we each have something unique to offer. There are many students at IHEID who do obtain paid part-time or full-time employment during their studies in Geneva, so there is hope!
Feel free to reach out to IHEID Career Services for a contact with a specific employer you’re interested in. It’s usually more successful to email a real person (rather than a general administrative address). And never underestimate the power of your Graduate Institute email signature when reaching out to employers.
If you are interested in a particular employer who does not have public postings for internships or jobs, sending a “cold application” with your CV and explaining your interest in working with them is often a wise strategy.