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Graduate Internship at armasuisse Resources + Support

This month, we would like to provide you with some information on the topic of a “Graduate Internship at armasuisse Resources + Support”. Over the next three weeks, various interviews will be published which will give you an insight into two internships and a selection procedure.

26.08.2020 | Specialist Area Communication, Alisha Held

Selection procedure for a university internship

Kaj Sievert

Interview with Kaj-Gunnar Sievert, Head of Specialist Area Communications

What needs to be taken into account when you write the job description?
Put simply, the text should describe the job very accurately and arouse the interest of potential candidates. In addition to the actual obligatory criteria, I am quite open, as many young people have interesting CVs which are worth considering when it comes to an internship in communications.

Which selection criteria are decisive in order to progress to the next stage or to receive an invitation to the interview?
The specialist area Communications has been advertising internships for university interns for over 12 years. Over the years and with the experience we have gained, we have compiled a catalogue of criteria which we consider important. Whoever best meets these criteria and at the same time has the potential to fulfil our tasks will receive an invitation.

How is the process of a job interview coordinated?
Our job interviews are structured as follows. First of all we briefly present armasuisse and our specialist area. There then follows a conversation in which we get to know the candidate and ask several questions. We then set a task which has to be solved in 30 minutes. The interview is concluded with a short introduction to the team in the office itself as well as a final short sequence of questions for the applicant.

According to which considerations are the questions for the interview prepared?
I proceed according to the tasks of the job and the application documents. My questions are based on these. There’s always two of us in a job interview.


What factors are particularly important as regards the set task?
What interests me most is how the candidate structures the task. I prefer a workable solution in the given time to an “unfinished but perfect” solution that was not solved within the time.

According to which criteria is the selection of the university intern ultimately decided?
Anyone who reaches the job interview level already has the basic requirements. Ultimately, the “chemistry” and belief in the applicant's potential are two decisive factors. For me, authenticity is also very important.

For over 12 years, armasuisse has been offering students and university graduates the chance to put the knowledge they have acquired into practice. armasuisse offers a wide variety of challenges and diversified activities. The interns take on tasks in a specialist area and participate in projects.

Students from various different fields of study – architecture, computer science, engineering, law, business administration and many more – can do a graduate internship at armasuisse. Theoretical knowledge from studies can then be implemented in the following armasuisse areas:

Resources and Support

  • Communications
  • External Relations
  • Personnel Development
  • Legal Services/Transportations and Customs

Command and Control and Reconnaissance Systems

  • Commerce

armasuisse Real Estate

  • Competence Centre Ground
  • Competence Centre Nature
  • Communications

Science and Technology

  • Explosive Materials and Ammunition Monitoring
  • C4I Networks
  • Sensor System

 

armasuisse’s wide range of offers is also reflected in the university internships. The students joining armasuisse come from various different academic backgrounds and from various different regions of Switzerland. Most of them have acquired a Masters or Bachelor degree at university, while others studied at a technical college.

Over the six to twelve months, the graduate intern, who is on average 27 years old, will receive an insight into the organisation of the Federal Administration, gain work experience and build up a network. The graduate internship offers an ideal introduction for a successful professional career at armasuisse, in the Federal Administration or in the private sector.

 

armafolio Article

In the latest edition of armafolio (No. 01 June/2020), you can find out more about the interesting and varied tasks of a graduate intern at armasuisse in the article “Das Umfeld ist wahnsinnig spannend und alles andere als alltäglich” (in German).

Silvan Hunhevicz, university intern

Interview with Silvan Hunhevicz, university intern
Competence Sector External Relations

Studies: History/Philosophy (Masters)
University/University of applied sciences: University of Zurich

 

How have your experiences been so far at armasuisse?
Very positive. I was allowed to join a great team, a lot of things were explained to me, people took time for me and as a result I learned an awful lot of new things. I’d also like to emphasise the wide range of my tasks: I’ve done everything from helping to organise events to analysing armaments policy. I’ve already been given quite a bit of responsibility and I really appreciate this trust.

Does the theoretical knowledge you gained in your studies help you in your work?
History and philosophy are not the kind of studies where you can later apply the knowledge you’ve acquired on a one-to-one basis. Rather, you learn and acquire in-depth knowledge of working methods, writing styles, approaches, thinking patterns and critical questioning. Coupled with the general knowledge about politics and society you acquire in a humanities degree, I feel perfectly prepared to fulfil the tasks required of me.

What was your biggest challenge so far?
The Corona crisis and the ensuing lockdown started only 2.5 months after I joined armasuisse. There wasn’t an awful lot of time for me to acquire the knowledge I needed later in my home workplace, when it wasn’t quite so easy to communicate with my team any more. So it was a challenge to continue to stay in regular contact despite working from home, and to benefit from their knowledge. But thanks to the tremendous dedication and enormous flexibility of all those involved, we have been able to cope very well in this situation, in my view.

What would you still like to do, if possible, in the second half of your internship?
It may not sound very interesting, but actually I would just like to experience my internship as normally as it is possible to do so in these times. Due to the Corona crisis, I spent around a quarter of my internship (altogether one year, from January to December), working from home. In the second half, I would hope that lockdown will no longer be necessary and that I can finish my internship on a regular basis.

Do you already know how things will continue after the internship?
At the moment, I’m checking out various options, but nothing is concrete yet. However, what I do know now, based on my internship, is that I really enjoy working in the Federal Administration and that I find it very exciting to be a part of the mechanism of the Swiss Confederation.

Rudy Yangi Y'Alili

Interview with Rudy Yangi Y'Alili, university intern in the Department of Law, Transportations and Customs

Studies: Law (Masters)
University/University of Applied Sciences: University of Geneva
 

How were your first three months at armasuisse?
My first three months at armasuisse were, above all, a period of settling in. First of all, I had to adapt from a linguistic point of view. Then I had to familiarise myself with the organisation of armasuisse and the working methods in the various specialist departments of armasuisse’s legal services.

On the whole, this phase went very well. This was due to my good integration in the legal services department as well as with the colleagues in other competence areas – despite my somewhat rusty German skills. The introductions to the various fields of law, which I received from colleagues in the legal services, were also helpful.
 

What were your highlights in the work here?
For me, there were three special highlights:

  • My involvement in the development of the Cyber Defence campus in the competence sector Science and Technology (S+T). My task was to prepare sample contracts for the cooperation between the Cyber Defence Campus and external partners. This gave me an insight into an interesting area.

  • The possibility of being able to negotiate an amicable settlement with a lawyer, almost independently, in a liability case involving armasuisse real estate.

  • The opportunity to celebrate with work colleagues at the “Fête de l'Escalade” and to smash the symbolic chocolate pot. It was a great opportunity to experience a Geneva tradition.
     

Do you have the option of staying with armasuisse? If you do, which department and position?
Yes, I have been offered a position as a legal expert in the competence area S+T – in the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRZ), even though I actually belong to the Law Department from an administrative point of view. It will be a temporary contract, starting on August 1, 2020 and ending on January 31, 2021.
 

Which challenges do you see yourself facing?
In the more distant future, on February 1, 2021, a major challenge awaits me: my legal internship in a law firm in Geneva. I would like to be admitted to the bar. However, after more than one year of professional legal experience, I will approach this new challenge with determination and confidence.
 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I see myself as a lawyer in law firm or in the Federal Administration. After a year in the service of the Swiss Confederation, I would say that the various professional opportunities as a lawyer in the Federal Administration have convinced me.