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.

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Aravind Ganapathi

Vice President:

Ciara Rainsby

Strategy & Partnerships Coordinator:

Ana Carla Carlos

Communications Coordinator:

Chiara Scarpinoi

Events Coordinators:

Tanvee Kanaujia, Marta Morellato, Varun Bhagat, and Medha Manish

Administrative Coordinator:

Palak Wahi

Alumni Coordinator:

Sarayu Krishnan

Career Services Coordinator:

Purvi Chaturvedi


Hazel Zhang

Communications Coordinator:

Gaia Grasseli

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


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

Geneva Job Search

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

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.


We're always excited for students to get involved and join us!