René Kirszbaum drew up a proposal for the University of St. Gallen to renew our previous collaboration; it had been put on hold due to financial restrictions at the University. The proposal included the following initiatives covering international organizations for interested Masters-level students in international relations, international economics, and similar disciplines:
- A 2-day full immersion in Geneva. This activity would be aimed at exchanging views and experiences with former and current international civil servants, including lunch and a visit of the Palais des Nations, dialogue and debate with a panel of 5 or 6 current and former international civil servants on the topic “What is an international civil servant? What independence? What neutrality?” led by Manuela Tortora; dinner with Greycells members and the panelists. The day after, students would participate in a Workshop on “How to prepare a job interview”, led by Virginia Humud Guerrero. Within two weeks after this event, the students would submit to the Univ. of St. Gallen, copy to Greycells, a short paper on lessons learned.
- Mentoring of selected St. Gallen students. In addition to the 2-day full immersion in Geneva, and on a one-on-one basis, Greycells Mentors from among its members, for the students interested in exploring further the work of international organizations and the professional opportunities of internships and careers. The mentoring would last 3 to 4 months and would encompass, in particular: skype or WhatsApp discussions and other appropriate communications means.