by Sonia Rueda, Colombia (PPRE 2015/17)
On January 17th 2017, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH held its second student´s day in Bonn. The goal of this event was to share information about the work of GIZ with students from development related master programs in Germany.
The program was structured in two sessions. The first session, gave an overview of the work of GIZ in the green sector, through the presentation of project examples related to rural development, land policy, food production and sustainable economic development.
The second session provided detailed information about job opportunities at GIZ with special focus on young newcomers. The young professional program includes internships in and out of Germany, junior positions and a development cooperation trainee program that begins on 1 July each year and lasts 17 months. GIZ offers further information under the following link.
Finally, the GIZ staff introduced the Centre for International Migration and Development, which aims at boosting the potential of migration for development, by providing financial support and advisory services to students and experts from developing countries, who have studied or built their career in Germany. The CIM supports initiatives for business star-ups in developing countries and promotes the return of experts to their country of origin. Detailed information can be found in the CIM home page.
Finally, GIZ plans to hold this event once per semester, alternating the venues between Bonn and Eschborn. Accordingly, the next student´s day will take place in Eschborn during the summer semester 2017. I personally recommend the participation to people with interest on the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.