By: Jens Schlechter
The survey Living wage of Interns 2016 is an initiative of the ILO Intern Board to work towards improving the overarching conditions framing the internship experience. Since money can be quite a pressing issue in an expensive place like Geneva we wondered, how ILO interns cope with the stipend. Obviously, everybody somehow manages to survive on our 1895 CHF monthly stipend, even though it is below the national poverty line of 2200 CHF. We are very interested to see how you make ends meet, to what extent you have been forced to adjust your lifestyle during your time here, and – most importantly – if you feel secure in the environment that you live in.
Moreover, increasing the regional and socio-economic diversity of the ILO internship programme is a priority for both the Intern Board and the Human Resource Department. Therefore, knowing if interns are dependent on savings or supplementary incomes throughout the course of the internship is important to get an idea of how accessible the ILO really is. Is access to savings and alternative incomes a key factor that enables participation?
Representatives of the Intern Board regularly meet with the Human Resource Department to discuss topics related to professional welfare. We are super curious about the results and we expect that they will help us get to grips with strategies to further improve the internship experience at the ILO.
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