Student Innovative Projects

Each year, our students launch and participate in a wide range of initiatives through the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA), adding a lot to their student experience. Since 2015, some of them whose mission and objectives align with those of Alumni Relations & Career Services have received institutional and alumni support (through financing, mentoring, networking, advising, etc.).

This tool offered is designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation across The Graduate Institute. We target students interested in innovative and disruptive ideas and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit. Innovation drives change just as change drives innovation.

Interested? Please contact Carine Leu-Bonvin, Head of Alumni Relations and Career Services and send an email with a detailed description of the project and your needs.

We can

  • Evaluate the feasibility of your projects,
  • Provide useful contacts through our network,
  • Arrange relevant extracurricular education and training,
  • Identify potential resources, including the financial resources of the Institute or the alumni community.


Our support is offered to students provided that they are registered at the Institute. Your proposed projects should contribute to the development of professional skills required for an international career, and bring you a comparative advantage in the job market (leadership, advocacy, team spirit, etc.) Lastly, the project must be sustainable in order to be taken over by other students in the following years.

Student Initiatives supported by Alumni Relations & Career Services

AMEF-Logo.jpg   Amicale des étudiants francophones de l’Institut
L’Amicale des étudiants francophones vise à promouvoir la diversité linguistique et culturelle au sein et au-delà de l’Institut à travers des conférences publiques, des cafés/apéros francophones et des projections de films.
Plus d'information   Geneva Consulting Network
The Geneva Consulting Network gives Graduate Institute students experience in strategy consulting by partnering with professional consultants to provide advice for NGOs working on social and environmental challenges.
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JDI-90x90.png   Junior Diplomat Initiative
The Junior Diplomat Initiative aims to bring aspiring junior diplomats close to the reality of their potential future in the world of diplomacy through interactive events and discussions with interesting guests.
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index-1.png   Just Innovate/Collaborate for Social Impact (C4SI)
Just Innovate is a non-profit educational initiative whose mission is to inspire and facilitate the creation of social innovations within student communities and beyond.
C4SI is an experiential education programme which challenges students and young professionals to engage innovatively with pressing social issues.
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hdr-lwow.jpg   LawWithoutWalls
LawWithoutWalls gives law students entrepreneurial experience and project management skills. Students from approximately 30 law and business schools took part in the 2016 global collaboration.
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14595837_324453264601128_3823942341982978421_n.png   Migration Initiative
Deeply touched by the magnitude of the migratory crisis and the fate of tens of thousands of people in war zones who are seeking refuge in places such as Switzerland, the Graduate Institute has decided to collaborate with the Institute’s student Migration Initiative and to open its French courses to refugees and asylum seekers, primarily from Syria.
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