2013 Caux Interns Leadership Programme: (Switzerland)

caux intern leadership programme

The Caux interns leadership programme is an opportunity for young people to experience the full richness of the Caux conference centre: to contribute their service to the conferences, and through the training program to engage with the needs of the world, developing a deeper sense of where they can contribute. Forget what you would expect from a ‘normal’ internship and traditional ideas of ‘leadership’ – this programme asks you to challenge everything, starting with yourself.

Aims of the Interns Programme:

  • To provide training opportunities and courses to interns in leadership and intercultural skills.
  • To provide an introduction to Initiatives of Change (IofC), and exposure to these ideas ‘in action’.
  • To contribute through departmental work to the effective and smooth functioning of the Caux Conferences, in a spirit of hospitality and service.
  • To feed into the long term sustainability of the Caux Conferences.
  • To provide a year by year process for engaging into the spirit and responsibility of IofC.


Caux international conference centre, 1000m above Montreux, Switzerland.

The Programme

The International Caux conferences attract hundreds of people from all over the world. As part of the community-building process, elements of the day-to-day practical work of the centre are done by conference participants, led by Caux interns. Interns have a unique opportunity to develop skills and receive training in leading international teams, as well as participate in conferences and follow workshops offered specifically for the interns team. Completion certificates are given.

Service (approx. 26 hours/week)

Hospitality is a core value of the Caux conferences and of the Interns leadership programme. The spirit in which we welcome people from all corners of the world, make them feel at home and include them in hosting the house, is central to the Caux approach.

This “community in service” is the place where we put into practice the values we talk about – teamwork, trust-building, inclusion, multiculturalism, and community-building. We experience it by becoming aware of the skills needed to create authentic communities. The departments where interns will be involved include: dining room, kitchen, economat, housekeeping, technical, secretariat, allocation, reception and flower arrangements. Interns may spend some time in different work areas depending on the needs at any given time. A willingness to serve and help where needed is important. For more information about each of the different department roles, please click here.

Training (approx. 10 hours/week)

Training session

Dates for 2013

Session 1 : 22 June (evening) – 20 July (inclusive)

Session 2 : 15 July (evening) – 12 August (inclusive)


Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 2012 but no more than 30 years, and with a good command of English and preferably another language. French is especially useful (and is a requirement for work in the reception). Previous leadership and organisational experience is an advantage, as are skills related to the areas of service. That said, one of the riches of the programme is the huge diversity of experience, education and background, injecting unexpected elements.

interns on the terrace

There are also some basic expectations that all applicants should have of the programme. Please read these before you consider applying:

  • The interns programme is for people who care about personal and global change; and who care enough to challenge themselves – that includes the faculty. Much of the training programme will be based around the exploration of tools that address both these dimensions of change. An inquiring spirit – looking for better questions, not bringing pre-formed answers – is central to the experience.
  • Early starts are often unavoidable. Breakfast is at 8.00am and all interns will be expected at an 8.30am daily briefing every morning, except days off. Some days will include activities before breakfast and those involved on the breakfast service, for instance, begin at 6.30am. Be prepared for the early morning mountain air!
  • Caux is a dynamic community and interns should come expecting to engage with the breadth of the programme as fully as possible. Days off are a great opportunity to explore further afield, but it is an expectation that interns will, in general, remain on the conference centre campus at other times. If your priority is a summer holiday base to see the sights of Switzerland, you have come to the wrong place.

Selection Timeline

Interviews of a short-list will take place in February 2013, and the final selection will be made by mid-March, 2013.

Contribution to costs

Board and lodging are fully covered, but Interns are expected to fund their travel costs to and from Caux. As the Caux centre is charitably funded through the contributions of many volunteers’ time, talents and money, any financial contribution you are able to raise for your stay will be greatly appreciated.

For all Interns who are selected, there will be a registration fee of 100 CHF for the Interns Programme, as well as a 50 CHF Conference Centre fee. These fees may be waived in some circumstances, according to financial means.

Once your application as an intern has been accepted, you may pay this fee by clicking the button below or by direct transfer to a Caux account.

——— The deadline for applications has been extended until January 31

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