Professional Development



Who we are 

The Professional Development committee is a specialised committee under the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA) with the motive of helping students reach their professional potential through workshops and events!




Our Goals


  • Promoting career development of the Graduate Institute’s student community

  • Fostering relationships between the student community, the Graduate Institute Alumni Association, and the Career Services Offices of the Institute.


Our Projects


  • The Inspira Talks

  • Alumni Roundtables in collaboration with the Alumni Office

  • Youth Thinking Ahead 21: The Future of Work

  • Virtual Career Fairs


See more about our events and social media-


Our Team


Shubhangi Priya- President

Ayushi Jain- Vice President

Alexandre Maaza- Strategy & Partnerships Coordinator

Aravind Ganapathi- Communications Coordinator

Ciara Rainsby- Events Coordinator

Sarah Salaymah- Admin Director

Sarayu Krishnan- Alumni Coordinator

Purvi Chaturvedi- Career Services Coordinator

Hazel- Treasurer

Gaia Grasseli- Communications Coordinator












Professional Development Committee Statutes 

To access the Professional Development Committee Statutes click 

Websites for Job Searching


Human Rights Careers:
UN Career:
UN Jobs:
UN Careers:




Geneve internationale: (search Geneve):


Useful Facebook Groups (especially for Geneva)

IHEID Job Network
GIA (Geneva Interns Association)
UN Intern Network Geneva (UNING)
Jobs in Geneva


General Tips on the Geneva Job Market

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.


Articles and News on Professional Development

Career Advise: How to build your ‘LinkedIn Profile’ by Jerome Duberry  


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