The GCSP (Discover who we are)

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation at the heart of international Geneva. It is a leading executive education centre in global security policy. The GCSP is also a platform that facilitates dialogue and exchange in support of peace, security and international cooperation. We deliver Executive courses in key locations worldwide and foster strategic, innovative and critical thinking in our participants. We represent a genuinely global centre with multinational staff and fellows from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise. More than 800 participants join our courses every year from over 100 nations, from the public, non-profit and private sectors. We can also count on an ever-growing alumni community of over 4,000 international professionals that is vibrant, global and known for its policy influence.

Terms of Reference 

Position: Intern

Reporting to: Head of HR Operations and Support Services

Duration: 3-6 months or TBD

Workload: 60% (15 hours per week during studies and full-time during academic holidays)

Main Responsibilities 

The incumbent will work within the Global Support Group and will be responsible of the following tasks:

  • Desk research, thematic research in support of policy research studies.
  • Contribution to the preparation of reports, policy guidelines, toolkits, training materials, presentations, project proposals.
  • Preparation of documentation material, background readings and other course/conference documents.  
  • Assistance in the preparation of Programme’s workshops, conferences, seminars organised by the GCSP in Geneva and abroad; attendance of some conferences, meetings or workshops.
  • Gathering of material (text and photos) to update our website pages, electronic forums or publications.
  • Administrative support, such as expense reports, minutes of meetings, travel arrangements, maintenance of the documentation platform and databases.

Furthermore, the incumbent will provide general administrative support as part of the team working in direct liaison with the Global Support Group. Such tasks will include formal correspondence in English and French.

Qualifications, skills and experience 

  • Current university studies in International Relations, Communication, International Relations or other relevant field 
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and French is required; knowledge of German, Spanish or Arabic is an asset
  • Good IT skills; proficiency in Windows environment is expected
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail 
  • Ability to interact with colleagues of diverse cultures; respect for diversity 
  • Ability to work autonomously under guidance and under pressure 
  • Swiss national or holder of a valid  residency,  student or work permit in Switzerland

How to apply

Please send your application (motivation letter and curriculum vitae) to The GCSP is an equal opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to gender diversity. Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please indicate “Internship – Global Support Group” in the subject line and note that the internship is not remunerated.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position in September/October 2016 or upon agreement