Development studies: internship opportunity in interpretation

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Photo © IUED

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

10 February - 12 April 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
Graduate Institute for Development Studies


Graduate Institute for Development Studies (IUED). The IUED recently merged with the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) to become the new Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development Studies (IHEID - Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et de Développement). The IMAS programme will be fully maintained/intergrated in the new Institute.

Project details

The course for which we recruit interpreters is part of a longer Masters program structured into three modules:

  • During the first sequence, the people in training follow a two-month introductory course to the concepts, the methods and the theories offered in parallel in Mali, Peru and in Vietnam with partner institutions of the IUED.
  • For the second sequence, each person carries out an applied research in relation to its field activity and to the main theme of the training.
  • The third sequence takes place in Geneva and represents a strengthening of the knowledge and experience exchanges.

Partly thanks to the interpretations, the people in training are enriched by interactions with people coming from other continents. Thus intercultural exchanges are put to very good use!

ICVolunteers offers internships in interpretation (English, French and Spanish) in a university environment, in the context of the "International Master of Advanced Studies" focusing on the promotion of sustainable human development, equal and respectful towards cultural and social diversity offered by the Graduate Institute for Development Studies (IUED). The course is focusing on development and globalization, between growth and exclusion.

Different from most study courses of this kind, where seminars are conducted in English only, these Masters offers its courses in three languages: French, English and Spanish. The dialogue between professors and students from different cultural contexts is possible thanks to the participation of volunteer interpreters who, for their part, are able to acquire the terminology in the following fields: environment, cooperation in development, business, gender, New Information Technologies (NITC), human rights and fight against poverty.

We are currently recruiting interpreters who will be interested in an internship program starting on the 10th Feb to the 12th April 2008. We would very much appreciate if you could please communicate/post this internship opportunity at the University for the students in Translation & Interpretation Department.

Volunteering Opportunities

Languages: classes are primarily given in French with interpretation into English and Spanish. However, one or two seminars are given in English. Discussions in all three languages. Simultaneous interpretation with microphone and headphones (system with high frequency radio waves - HF).

Public: People in training coming from private and public sectors, International Organizations (IO) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGO).

Country of origin of the participants: Switzerland, Canada, Latin America, Asia, French-speaking Africa.

Timetable: 6 hours a day, according to the rules of the AIIC.



  • Prior experience interpreting for very diverse and culturally mixed audience
  • Have the ability to work in a very diverse and multicultural environment
  • Ability to work in a team and at times, under pressure
  • Can easily adjust to a new environment
  • Possesses a certain maturity and self-responsibility


  • Reimbursed return flight or train ticket to Geneva.

Practical Conditions

  • Accommodation at the Institute: double bedrooms in a studio with an equipped kitchen, shower/toilet
  • Lunch offered during the week at the Institute
  • Public transport season ticket (access to the local Geneva network)
  • Food expenses covered for the evening and the weekend
  • Internship contract
  • Internship certificate

For more information

Contact: for the coordination team: / +41 22 800 14 36

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