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.
MENTOR: Sorina I. Crisan
PhD in International Relations/Political Science
Spring 2019 Semester Mentor
During this Spring semester, Sorina will design a programme of activities in line with the participants’ interests and will accompany them during their visits and discussions. She will offer advice to students on their studies and the related resources available at the Institute. She will also advise them on graduate studies in international affairs.
Originally from Romania, Crisan has been living abroad for the past fifteen years and has thus far studied, worked, or volunteered in eight different countries. After earning her Baccalaureate degree, she lived in the U.S. to advance her education and work primarily for the U.S. Government and think tanks. Thereafter, she conducted research at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Sweden, and then studied French at Sorbonne University, in Paris. She has now lived in Geneva for the past five years, focusing on writing her PhD and working with the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and our Institute.
Sorina holds an MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a BA in Political Science from Bates College. She completed her PhD early this year. Her thesis is titled: “The Politics of Intervention: The Role of Psychological Distance in Foreign Policy Decision Making.” Her work focuses on: foreign policy analysis, international communication, international security, military alliance relations, military interventions, and political psychology (main regional expertise: North America and Western Europe; specific country expertise: Afghanistan, Australia, France, Germany, Iraq, the U.S., and Vietnam.)
Sample immersion and mentoring programme
Activity: Discussion about working with UNHCR, focusing on the Rohingya crisis
Speaker: Deputy Director Division of Programme Support and Management
World Health Organisation
World Trade Organisation
Activity: Discussion about the work at WTO, followed by Q&A session
Speaker: Dispute Settlement Lawyer
World Economic Forum
Bank for International Settlement