Internship applications

The Small Arms Survey hires interns on a regular basis with the goals of providing them with a valuable professional experience and, conversely, of benefiting from their contributions.

The Survey selects its interns through a competitive process that considers not only the candidates’ qualifications but also the relative potential benefit they may derive from the internship.

Further, the Survey endeavours to maximize the diversity of its team members in regards to sexual orientation and gender identity, ethnic and geographic background, socioeconomic status, and ability.

The Small Arms Survey has two calls for internship applications per year:

  • For spring semester internships, applications should be received by midnight 30 November GVA time of the previous year; selection of candidates will take place between November and December, with selected candidates being notified by 15 December.
  • For fall semester internships—exceptionally, for summer internships—applications should be received by midnight 31 May GVA time of the same year; selection of candidates will take place between May and June, with selected candidates being notified by 15 June.

To be eligible for internships, candidates must be enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate programme at an accredited academic institution and the internship must fulfil the requirements of their studies.

The duration of these internships will not exceed six months, and their conditions, including potential stipends, insurance, and dedication rates will be determined by the Survey in compliance with the academic institution’s internship rules; the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)—of which the Survey is an associated programme—policy; and relevant legislation as pertaining to Switzerland in general and Geneva in particular.

The Survey will provide interns with the necessary materials, equipment, office space, and guidance to carry out their functions during the internship, and will support the interns in fulfilling the requirements that their institutions demand as part of the internship program.

Candidates should submit their applications by sending a CV and a motivational letter to Nathalie Fauvarque, Head of Administration, HR, and Finance: