Lutz Gschwind, German, 25 years old
What have you studied and where have you worked before?
I studied political science and public administration at Konstanz University (Germany) for my undergraduate. The internship is part of my master’s programme in political science at Uppsala University (Sweden).
What department do you work in and what is your role?
My department is the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). More precisely I am working for the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK). So it actually means a lot of different things. The focus of my internship is, however, quite clear and easy to understand. It’s about new technologies, like smartphones, and their effects on working time and work-life balance.
What was the best thing about your work experience at the ILO?
Getting responsibility and respect for what I do, like any other member of the team (as well as enough time for coffee breaks with my fellow interns). Since I am always involved in important work of the department, I learn a lot more about the ILO than I could have during all my studies so far. This insight provides me with a real experience about how it is to work for an International Organization.
Could you name one good memory you will take away with you?
A scary building can host very wonderful people!
Finish my master’s degree. Get some sunshine (and maybe come back to Geneva soon).