Who is hiring?

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers at thousands of institutions worldwide.

Employers, thanks to our rigorous selection process, our students are among the best and brightest, forming a unique cosmopolitan community of incredibly varied cultures, hailing from over 100 countries. They possess diverse educational and professional backgrounds and all of them are fluent English speakers; more than 70% speak three languages or more. 

Students and alumni, you will find here a list of employers with whom we have worked regularly for many years. We invite you to read their profiles, consult their websites, recruiter testimonials and testimonials of the alumni who can attest to the working standards of these organisations and businesses. Feel free to use these contacts as a platform to grow your professional network.

Employer testimonials

The profiles of the Graduate Institute students are particularly suited for IOM work in the headquarters and for assignment in our field missions.
Sherree Atkinson
Staff Planning and Mobility Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Collaboration with the Graduate Institute allows us to recruit young associates from various cultural backgrounds.
Dr Bernd Ehle
Hiring Partner, Lalive
Graduate Institute students are well-groomed for working in the field of international development/humanitarian action.
Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, Mercy Corps

Talented and motivated, open to innovative theories and practices and with the desire to put their global analytical skills and strategic thinking to use in tackling the problems of our world, our students are good communicators and have experience in multi-cultural settings, qualities which prepare them for work in complex environments. Many of them, notably our PhD students, have high-level, specialised expertise. 

In a nutshell, our students possess all the necessary skills to help them adapt to a wide range of professional sectors and have a potential for long-term development, a key advantage for any international institution.

Public sector

European Institutions

  • European Union Delegation to the United Nations
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)


International Organisations

  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR)
  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The
  • International Bureau of Education - UNESCO (IBE)
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
  • International Catholic Migration Commission – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (ICMC-UNHCR)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
  • The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • UNICEF - Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR)
  • UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
  • UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • UN Office at Geneva (UNOG)
  • UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)
  • UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • UN World Food Programme (WFP)
  • UN Volunteers (UNV)
  • World Bank Group
  • World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)


Public Administrations

  • Administration fédérale
    • Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE)
      • Direction du développement et de la coopération (DDC)
      • Section carrières diplomatiques
      • Section présence de la Suisse dans les organisations internationales
    • Département fédéral des finances (DFF)
    • Secrétariat d’Etat à l’économie (SECO)
  • Swiss Armed Forces International Command (SWISSINT)

Private sector

Banking and (Micro) Finance

  • Bamboo Finance
  • BNP Paribas
  • Credit Suisse
  • Sustainable Finance Geneva
  • Guardian Wealth Management
  • Lombard Odier
  • Symbiotics
  • SYZ Group
  • UBS AG
  • Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)
  • Vistra SA

Commodity Trading and Verification

  • Cargill International
  • Gunvor Group
  • Polixis SARL
  • SGS

Consulting and Advisory

  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Chemonics International
  • Dalberg Global Development Advisors
  • FSG Social Impact Consultants
  • Global Risk Profile Sàrl
  • KPMG
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Philanthropy Advisors
  • PwC
  • ReD Associates
  • Swiss Re
  • WISE (Philanthropy Advisors)
  • Z/Yen Group Limited

Law Firms

  • Lalive
  • Lenz & Staehelin
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Teynier Pic
  • White & Case


  • Agefi
  • Global Journal , The
  • Swiss Style Magazine

Recruiting and Headhunting

  • Academic Work
  • Centre for Information, Counselling and Training for Professions relating to International Cooperation (cinfo)
  • Finders
  • Heidrick & Struggles
  • Page Personnel
  • Success & Career

Other Companies

  • Advisor Swiss Insurance SA
  • Applied Materials
  • British American Tobacco (BAT)
  • DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl
  • Expedia Lodging Partner Services Sàrl
  • Impact Hub
  • Masaba Coffee
  • Merck Group
  • Nespresso
  • Nissan International SA
  • Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Weber Shandwick

Third sector


  • Africa Progress Panel
  • Chaîne du Bonheur/Swiss Solidarity
  • Eduki Foundation
  • Fondation Ashoka Suisse
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • LGT Venture Philantropy
  • Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV)
  • Novartis Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • PATH - Foundation for Appropriate Technologies in Health


  • Assessment Capacities Project, The (ACAPS)
  • Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN)
  • Groupement des entreprises multinationales (GEM)
  • Global Institute for Water Environment and Health (GIWEH)
  • International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
  • International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)
  • International Network of Human Rights (RIDH)
  • Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP)
  • Unité
  • Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Non-Governmental Organisations

  • Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
  • Amnesty International
  • Appel de Geneva / Geneva Call
  • ASA Programm - Engagement Global
  • Action for Development (AfD)
  • Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • CARE International
  • Center for International Environmental Law, The (CIEL)
  • Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • Concept Foundation
  • CUTS International
  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
  • DefendDefenders
  • FIAN International
  • Fondation Terre des hommes (Tdh)
  • Future of Human Rights Forum
  • Forest Trust, The (TFT)
  • Global Challenges Forum (GCF)
  • Graine de Paix / Grains of Peace
  • Greenpeace
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP)
  • IMPACT Initiaves
  • Independent Diplomat
  • Initiatives of Change Switzerland (IofC Switzerland)
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)
  • International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  • Interpeace
  • Invisible Experience
  • Joint IDP Profiling Service
  • Justice Rapid Response (JRR)
  • Katerva
  • Mandat International
  • Medair
  • Médecins du Monde (MdM)
  • Médecins du Monde-France (MdM-Fr)
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Suisse
  • Medicos Sin Fronteras - Operational Centre Barcelona - Athens (MSF-OCBA)
  • Mercy Corps
  • Norwegian Refugee Council Geneva (NRC) - Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
  • One Acre Fund
  • OneAction Association
  • Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT)
  • Oxfam International
  • Peace Brigades International (PBI)
  • Peace Watch Switzerland (PWS)
  • Plan International
  • Ramsar Convention
  • RET, International
  • Save the Children
  • Swiss International Humanitarian Organization (SIHO)
  • Swisspeace
  • TRIAL International
  • UPR Info
  • WaterLex
  • World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • World Vision International (WVI)
  • WWF International

Think Tanks

  • Asia Centre
  • Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
  • Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
  • Global Footprint Network (GFN)
  • GovFaces
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Small Arms Survey
  • West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)