Summer for Development: Study and intern in the field of urban resilience to climate change in Geneva

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The Payson Center for International Development is excited to announce its new 2014 Summer Study Abroad course for undergraduate students in Geneva, Switzerland called Summer for Development. Whether students are majoring in, or simply interested in, issues of International Development, Public Health, Urban Planning, Environmental Science and Disaster Management, this is a great opportunity to learn more and gain unique skills through an internship with our partner, the International Center for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD).

ICMHD is a leading international non-profit organization based in Geneva and will host the intensive, two-week Urban Resilience to Climate Change course (June 30 – July 11) and the subsequent two-week internship experience (July 14 – July 26). Classes will be taught by ICMHD Director, Dr. Manuel Carballo, an internationally recognized expert in environmental change and complex emergencies, the Payson Center’s own Executive Director and specialist of sustainability issues, Professor Colin Crawford, and Dr. Julie Hernandez, a geographer with extensive international and technical experience in questions of urban resilience.

Beyond the classroom and internship experience, students will benefit from the unique environment and atmosphere of Geneva, European headquarters of the United Nations, home to the highest concentration of International Organizations and nonprofits in the world and global hub of ideas, people, projects and policies to make the world a better place.

The course will include visits to:

Additionally, students are likely to meet many more international actors just waiting for the bus or the “mouette” along magnificent Lake Léman, or maybe by spending time at the International Youth Hostel where they'll stay close to the center of this historic European city. Just remember: that the world and those who try to change it come to Geneva and so should those students who want to experience a Summer for Development.

Next steps:

The Payson Center has scheduled multiple events to exchange information with interested undergraduate students, please attend an event or subscribe to our Geneva Summer for Development mailing list for more information.


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