International Organizations MBA

Career Services


The IO-MBA Career Services aim to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully manoeuvre in the international job market. To do so, the IO-MBA program has put in place a Career Services Program that works at 4 different levels throughout the year:

  1. Self-Leadership Level : Leadership skills
  2. Technical Skills Level : Job search tools and techniques
  3. Coaching and Mentoring : Personal coaching expert and alumni mentoring
  4. Networking & Job Opportunities Level : Access to job and internship opportunities as well as to our extend network

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What’s your next consistent step after having completed your MBA?
How to impact your environment, focusing on your self-knowledge and self-confidence?

  1. This module is on one hand designed to help students to think about their career and how to make the most of their MBA. In other words, it will enable the students to take stock of their personal development so as to better manage their learning curve during after their study program. They will gain a better understanding of their own drivers and plan their future career in a positive way.
  2. On the other hand, this module will help you to better influence your environment. Managing others in the complex environment we are in requires first to manage oneself as well as to make a personal brand from our personal assets. The students will collect several insights on how they specifically behave and will learn in what they are useful for others. This will lead them to clarify their professional identity and to focalize on the strengths which make a difference.

Workshops on Career Opportunities in Geneva

Receive guidance by experienced professionals on internship opportunities during your MBA and career paths in the international development andcooperation sector.

Workshops on Job Search Tools and Techniques

Several sessions are organized throughout the year for students on:

  • Application material: Exploring LinkedIn, relevant CV, and motivation letters
  • Search Strategy and Networking: Clarifying different search strategies to look for a job
  • Interviewing skills: Focusing on technical and formal aspects of job interviews
  • Personal Coaching: Individual meetings with a personal coach

IO-MBA Career Forums

As part of the IO-MBA Career Services, the Career Forum features highly experienced professionals who share their knowledge and experience on careers in their respective fields.

Alumni Mentoring Network

The IO-MBA Alumni Network’s 300+ members are fast building a presence in international organizations as well as the private sector. Alumni are available as mentors for participants to introduce the new IO-MBA students into the organizations and companies where IO-MBA graduates work. The Alumni Network often circulates vacancies ahead of the formal recruitment process, and helps with introductions. The Alumni Network also sponsers a scholarship for an internship.

Access to Job and Internship Opportunities

Get access to the extend offer of jobs and internships opportunities we receive from our partner organizations and the IO-MBA community.


Complementary Courses

The following courses have been developed to support participants in their learning experience with our executive degrees. They are not mandatory but highly recommended for participants feeling the need to strengthen their competencies in some areas. All the courses are free of charge for participants enrolled in the IO-MBA (90 ECTS), DAS (30 ECTS) and CAS (18 ECTS).

1. Introduction to International Organizations & NGOs

This course is organized as an induction week taking place at the beginning of the program (1st week of September). Students have the opportunity to visit 4-5 UN Agencies based in Geneva and be introduced to IOs and NGOs from a historical perspective. It then focuses on legal structures, decision-making processes and the implementation of different organizational mandates. This course is not mandatory but highly recommended for full-time participants as well as part-time participants willing to get familiar with the Geneva multilateral environment. The course leader is Julian Fleet, Permanent Observer representing the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to the United Nations.

2. Preparatory Course for Sustainable Finance Module

This is an introductory course designed to provide an understanding of basic financial theory and practices. It will address current financial management issues faced by business decision-makers and will build the essential analytical skills necessary for dealing with various financial issues. The critical concepts of TVM (Time Value of Money), NPV (Net Present Value), IRR (Internal Rate of Return), cost of capital will be introduced and quantified. The course discusses how these concepts are applied in finance and investment activities, and give the participants the opportunity to practice problem solving skills to solve common financial problems. It emphasizes an intuitive, logically rigorous understanding of the theory and practice of corporate finance’ fundamentals, illustrating the concepts through examples and case studies.

3. Preparatory Course for Managerial Accounting Module

This course covers the key concepts of financial and managerial accounting that are critical to decision-making process. Providing a graduate introduction in accounting, the course is designed to understand: the basic financial and managerial accounting issues in international organizations; the importance of financial statements preparation; the fundamental principles to prepare the financial statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash-Flow Statement); how to read, interpret and analyze the accounting information. The fundamental concepts of cash vs accrual accounting, cash receipts vs revenue, capital expenditure vs expense, capital structure, cost of capital, financial leverage and other key financial performance indicators will be introduced, quantified and interpreted. The course is focused on an intuitive, logically rigorous understanding of the key concepts of theory and practice of financial and management accounting, illustrating the concepts through examples and case studies.

4. Preparatory Course for Performance and Resource Management in NPOs

This course covers the key concepts of budgeting such as the differences between accounting and budgeting, the linkages & differences between controlling and budgeting and  budget implementation.

5. Master Thesis Seminar

This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the critical steps and potential methodologies used during the research process. The will learn how to design research questions, work with academic literature, and how to effectively design a small scale empirical research project.

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