Our elixir of life: As a grassroots organisation, we rely on a network of volunteers who are organised in two pillars: programmes and regional groups. The leaders of these groups, the Board, the blog team and the office form the RIGI. RIGI is synonymous with the mountain near Lucerne, where the first meeting to discuss the foraus strategy took place in 2009.


Our programmes are divided into eleven thematic working groups: Asia, Diplomacy & International Actors, Development Policy, Europe, Swiss Financial Hub Program, Peace & Security, Gender, Migration, Science & Technology, Environment, Energy & Transport,  and International Law. They are networked throughout Switzerland, meet regularly to exchange ideas, prepare our foraus publications and attract the attention of politicians and other important players through policy briefs and discussion papers.


Our 9 regional groups can be found in all university cities in Switzerland: Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg, Berne, Neuchâtel, Basel, Lucerne, Zurich and St. Gallen. They consist of committed students who want to network and actively influence Swiss foreign policy through events and discussions. In 2018 alone, they organised 120 events.


Is foreign policy your passion and do you want to actively shape the politics of tomorrow with your knowledge and creative ideas? Apply for an open position and get involved in an official role at foraus.


As additional motivation, you will find further exclusive advantages for our RIGI:


#7 Exclusive RIGI events

Network with the foraus family and enjoy the semi-annual retreat and Christmas dinner.


#8 Online presence

Appear on our website with a photo and a small bio.


#9 Give your appearance the professional touch

Learn to move in the political arena. Get an official foraus email address and a business card.


#10 Coaching

Benefit from coaching in small groups led by experts. If required, e.g. if it is your first media enquiry, you will also receive 1-on-1 training sessions with the office.


#11 Reference letter

Have you been working at foraus for at least 6 months and are looking for a job? We will gladly give you a reference! You will receive a letter of reference befitting your commitment.



In short: Become part of the foraus family, a Swiss and international network of young, committed people and benefit from exclusive access to a network of experts, decision-makers, our partner organisations and the media. We’re looking forward to seeing you!


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