The two-year program (one semester fully devoted to an internship), launched in September 2011, is designed to integrate three semesters of coursework and capstone paper writing and one trimester of internship within public and private organizations. The full list of courses with a brief description of their content is available here: the official courses' schedule of the University of Geneva.
The program is divided into four parts. The first part contains all foundational courses. The second deals primarily with standardization activities and their effects. The third part includes a number of free credits (elective courses) which could be taken within the different Masters at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute. Finally, the last part is devoted to an internship and a thesis. The wide range of subjects addresses critical global issues such as global health, reforming corporate behavior and practice, the global financial and economic crisis, environmental policy and issues linked to governance and public accountability.
The purpose of an internship is to provide an opportunity for students to acquire work experience and apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the Master program. The organization/company gains an additional staff member who can be assigned where need is greatest while recognizing an obligation to supporting the intern in acquiring new skills and exploring a career field. Continuous career advising is offered throughout the Master program. Students in previous years have undertaken internships in the following organizations: EuroFin Asia Group; European Forest Institute Global Development; Consultancy firm; Impact Economy; International Labour Organization, ILO; International Organization for Standardization, ISO; International Telecommunication Union , ITU; PriceWaterHouse; Private Banking; Private Clinic; The World Conservation Union ICUN -Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI); UNEP – Environmental Management Group; UNICEF Corporate Social Responsibility Unit; World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and WWF-India.
The teaching language is English.