The two-year program (one semester devoted fully to an internship), launched in September 2011, is designed to integrate three semesters of coursework and capstone paper writing and one trimester of internship within public and private organizations engaged in sustainable development. Some students will be eligible to complete their internship either within the partner organization, the ISO, or other organizations already engaged with the program. The programme is divided into four parts. The first part contains all foundational courses. The second deals primarily with standardization activities and their effects. The third part includes a number of free credits which could be taken within the different masters at the University of Geneva. The following list includes all the master courses that students can select to personalize their Master's programme. Finally, the last part is devoted to an internship (stage) and a thesis (mémoire). The wide range of subjects addresses critical global issues such as global health, reforming corporate behavior and practice, the global financial and economic crisis, environmental policy, and issues linked to governance and public accountability.
The purpose of an internship is to provide an opportunity for students to acquire work experience and apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the Master program. The organization/company gains an additional staff member who can be assigned where need is greatest while recognizing an obligation to supporting the intern in acquiring new skills and exploring a career field. Continuous career advising is offered throughout the Master program. Students in prevous years have undertaked internships in the following organizations: EuroFin Asia Group; European Forest Institute Global Development - Consultancy firm • Impact Economy • International Labour Organization, ILO • International Organization for Standardiza - tion, ISO; International Telecommunication Union , ITU; PriceWaterHouse; Private Banking; Private Clinic; The World Conservation Union ICUN -Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI); UNEP – Environmental Management Group; UNICEF Corporate Social Responsability Unit; World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and WWF-India.
From a practical point of view the proposed programme is a Specialized Bologna Master's (Master Bologne specialisé). It is organized in three semesters of courses with an additional semester devoted to an internship in an International Organization or multinational company. All courses have a total duration of 24 hours and are worth 3 ECTS credits each. The internship is an important part of the curriculum. It lasts for a semester and leads to the writing of a substantial thesis whose subject is jointly agreed upon by the scientific committee and the organization concerned.
The teaching language is English. Some elective courses may be offered in French.