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Externship Requirements

Externship Components


Externship Courses

The Geneva Externship Program is a 13 credit, semester-long course that combines field placements with leading International Organizations (IOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Geneva (11 credits, pass/fail) with a contemporaneous Seminar (two credits, graded) intended to provide substantive context for the externships.

The goals of the Program are that students:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of public international law, the role and function of International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as the practice of various specialty areas practiced in the international context (e.g., International Trade Law);
  •  improve their ability to perform lawyering skills in an international context, e.g., conducting research, drafting documents, analyzing legislation, monitoring developments in international law, discussion issues and policy implications, developing strategic plans, negotiating on behalf of an organization, or speaking publicly on behalf of an organization;
  • are exposed to the range of effective lawyering in an international context;
  • further develop their professional working relationships with attorneys practicing in the field, support staff, and peers; and
  • become a self-directed learner and reflective practitioner, intentional about their on-going professional development, and actively engaged in their supervisory relationship.

Course Requirements 

In addition to the field placement, students are expected to do the following as part of the Seminar:

  • attend approximately 13 seminar sessions, divided between guest lectures/visits and roundtable discussions;
  • submit written submissions in the form of bi-weekly Reflective Essays, a Final Report, and a Student Guide contribution. These written submissions are designed to solicit reflective description of the student's daily work, the nature of the projects they are working on, the role they play in their assigned projects, and the supervision and feedback they are receiving; and
  • provide three Work Products samples.

Supervisor Evaluations and Site Visits 

Supervisors are asked to submit two performance evaluations during the course of an externship. In addition, approximately half-way through the semester, a faculty member will conduct a Site Visit at the placement. The Site Visit is an opportunity to meet with the supervisor to discuss the nature and level of the work done by the office, the assignments given, the adequacy of supervision, and the student's performance.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure these evaluations are submitted.

Click here to complete the Midterm Evaluation

Click here to complete the Final Evaluation

Overseas Travel Waiver

As a condition of enrolling for overseas externship credit, students must complete an Overseas Travel Waiver. This requirement applies whether or not the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert or travel warning for the country to which you plan to travel. See the Overseas Travel Requirements page for more complete information, and a link to the Overseas Travel Waiver. ​​