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«My rusty German skills did not prevent me from settling in quickly»

In an interview, Rudy Yangi Y'Alili talks about his time as a university intern and how things will continue for him afterwards.

Specialist Area Communication, Alisha Held

Picture of Rudy Yangi Y'Alili, university intern Law
Rudy Yangi Y'Alili is a university intern in the Department of Law, Transport and Customs. He studied law at the 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.