Immersion and Mentoring

An immersion and mentoring programme of visits and career discussions with practitioners in international affairs



Experience the world of International Affairs in Geneva through our unique immersion programme which combines visits of several international organisations and discussions with high level practitioners, in small groups.

Sample Programme
 Organisation  Activity Speaker


Discussion about working with UNHCR and focus on the Rohingya crisis Deputy Director
Division of Programme Support and Management

World Health Organisation

Discussion about the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children Senior Advisor
Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

World Trade Organisation

Discussion about the work at WTO, followed by Q&A session

Dispute Settlement Lawyer

World Economic Forum

Discussion about the work at WEF, followed by Q&A session

Delegates from WEF

Bank for International Settlement

Presentation of the activities of the Bank for International Settlements Administrators from the Bank

ICRC Museum

Visit of the permanent and temporary exhibition



Spring 2018 Semester mentor
Joshua U. Thew
Doctoral student in International History
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Joshua will design a programme of activities in line with the participants’ interests, and will accompany them during their visits and discussions. He will offer advice to students on their studies and the related resources available at the Institute. He will also advise them on graduate studies in international affairs.
Joshua is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International History at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. His research focuses on how American attitudes and ideas about race, ethnicity, and religion influenced and determined development practices in the Middle East, in the 20th century. His broader research interests reside in the fields of community organization, agriculture - and particularly agrarian outreach - health, and recreation as vehicles for knowledge exchange.
In 2016, Joshua began the Ph.D. program and became a teaching assistant and mentor at Smith College, Geneva.
Joshua has been a study abroad manager at CIEE in Jordan and a secondary school teacher in the rural US south. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from the Graduate Institute, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Global Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a Bachelor degree in History from the University of Arkansas.