What is AIESEC?
Why we do what we do
The world is full of complex challenges that need better leadership to address them. Our belief is that responsible and entrepreneurial leadership can help us solve many of today’s challenges. Leaders who not only have the capabilities to create impact, but also the values that will guide their ethics and decision-making. From our early roots at the end of WWII our vision begins with changing the world not only from the outside, but from the inside out through the leaders we develop.
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AIESEC around the world
Intern and Volunteer Experiences
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Bring out the best in yourself
Get the upper hand in the workplace
No matter what studies you undertake at university, you will find relevant opportunities inside AIESEC. The diversity of our people, programmes and opportunities will help open new doors for you to learn new skills, connect with future employers and develop your leadership potential. The rewards are huge, so take the first step and get a head start.
Bring out the best in yourself
The friends and memories you make in AIESEC will stay with you for life. The experience isn’t always an easy one, but it is well worth the investment. You will learn about yourself – both understanding your strengths and finding out where there’s room to grow – and meet hundreds of other ambitious and globally-minded people on the way.
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For the world
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national / social origin.
Since we were founded, we have engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people who have been through an AIESEC experience. The impact of our organisation can be seen through our alumni who represent business, NGO and world leaders, including one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Atisaari of Finland.
Support every step of the way
There are thousands of internships offered around the world facilitated by AIESEC; the ones on our site are just a sampling of what we can help you find. Once you have an idea of the types of internships you would like to go on, scroll down and fill in an application. If you can't find an internship on this site and are still excited by the prospect of a truly integrated international experience, mention on your application that you haven't yet found the perfect internship and we will work with you to find one in our 126 countries and territories.
You will be contacted within days of applying to find a time to interview. If an in-person interview is not feasible, we can also set up a phone or skype interview depending on what works best for you. If you are qualified, you may have an additional interview with the organization or business that you want to intern at.
3. Go Abroad!
If accepted, we will help prepare you to go abroad through a special preparation seminar, support getting a visa, providing you with our international emergency service, finding your tickets, and securing housing if it is not already provided.
Stories of impact: read more on our blog by clicking here
AIESEC Intern in Cochabamba, Bolivia (Summer, 2013)
(Yale '16, B.A. Global Affairs and Development) I went on an AIESEC sponsored internship in the summer of 2013 after my freshman year of college to Cochabamba, Bolivia. It was and incredible opportunity to get practical experience and allowed me to learn things that I could not have understood as well in the classroom.
I worked as a project manager in an NGO called Centro Integral Warmi which helped migrant women adapt to life in the city and provide social and educational services for their children. One of the best parts of my experience was that the Bolivian "AIESECers" took care of me so well the whole time I was there and showed me so much of their country and their culture.
The experience was incredibly international: I lived with a Brazilian, Spaniard, Frenchmen, Central-African Republican. I was able to develop my Spanish and live an integrated experience where I actually got to understand the culture of the country I was in. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to step out of their comfort zone, live and learn somewhere else in the world.
AIESEC Intern in Santiago, Chile
My ten weeks in Santiago changed my life. In another iteration I could relate all the great experiences of working for a small bank in which no employee spoke English. My Spanish improved quickly. I had been intending to major at Yale in engineering but I was not too happy with the courses, When I returned from Chile, I changed my major to Latin American Studies which was relatively new. It was the first decision in my life in which I persisted despite strong objections from my parents and friends (how was this major relevant to getting a job?). I really enjoyed greatly every course my final two years because they all fit together. And I never looked back.
After graduation, I was awarded the Corning Traveling Fellowship which was a year of work (for Corning) , study and travel. I worked in Brazil (where I used my Portuguese), Japan and Belgium. Later, I attended an MBA program, Harvard, to learn some practical skills.
I have been involved in international business, mostly developing countries, and not-for –profits focused on economic development ever since. I am grateful to Yale and AIESEC for pushing me out of my comfort zone and opening my horizons to the world. The AIESEC summer was a pivotal moment in my life. In recognition and to encourage other Yalies to do the same. My family and I started the Barry Fellows program (on the Yale website)which is limited to Freshmen and Sophomores at Yale to pursue an independent program in for- profit or not-for-profit in developing countries.
testimonial coming soon!
Our Main Partner: Argentina!
For the Summer of 2017, AIESEC Yale is partnering with Local Committees in Argentina who have excelled in quality of the exchange provided to the participants. This way, with focus and alignment we hope to provide ever more transformative experiences. Below is a portfolio of the projects offered:
Frequently Asked Questions
What does AIESEC stand for?
AIESEC (pronounced eye-sek) was originally an acronym for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales. AIESEC is no longer used as an acronym but simply as the name of the organisation.
Members of AIESEC are known as “AIESECers.”
Who runs AIESEC?
We are a global network of young leaders under the age of 30 who strive to better themselves and the communities around them. We are passionate about world issues, leadership development, cultural understanding and experiential learning.
The organisation spans 126 countries and territories and every aspect of AIESEC’s operations are managed by students and recent graduates.
We have operated in this way since our inception, making us uniquely “by students, for students”, for over 65 years. The global leadership teams are elected by the membership annually.
At Yale, we are 20 students who facilitate the process for you to go on your internship. When you are in-country at your internship, you are taken care of by like-minded students who run the AIESEC committee there and are responsible for working with businesses and organizations to set up your internship and help you explore their culture.
Who is AIESEC affiliated with?
AIESEC does not have a pre-defined or officially accepted political tendency or subscription.
AIESEC is not a subsidiary or dependent entity of any other bodies in its work, sustainability or decisions.
We are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognised by UNESCO.
When was AIESEC founded?
AIESEC was founded in 1948 in 7 countries in Europe by Jean Choplin (France), Bengt Sjøstrand (Sweden), and Dr. Albert Kaltenthaler (Germany). Over 65 years later we are present in 126 countries and territories.
How much do internships cost?
Our internships come with a modest administration fee that enables our national staff to help us facilitate the process of sending you abroad.
The most common opportunity, lasting 6-8 weeks, AIESEC's Global Citizen program has a program fee of $500. This fee includes all of the services and support you'll receive from AIESEC, and, project depending, your housing and some meals during the work day. Participants will be housed either with other participants or with a certified host family. Program fee does not include flights, insurance, or visa costs.
AIESEC's longer internship, Global Talent, has a program fee of $700. This fee includes all of the services and support you'll receive from AIESEC. These positions are paid and AIESEC will assist you in finding your housing. The salary of each program will be enough to cover basic living accommodations throughout the duration of the exchange! Program fee does not include flights, insurance, or visa costs.
How do I get started?
To start your experience, you'll need to apply using the form above. An AIESEC representative will reach out to you once your profile is created, and they will assist you with any questions you'll have or support you'll need throughout the process.
Our History at Yale
We always strive for the best.
A bright beginning
AIESEC Yale’s story began in 1957, three years following the establishment of AIESEC in the United States. The late John Heinz, later a Senator from Pennsylvania, was the chapter’s first outgoing exchange. Boosted by strong leadership and a student body eager to travel internationally, AIESEC Yale quickly became one of the United States’ leading LCs in both incoming and outgoing exchange. Former Senator John Kerry '66 also went on exchange to Switzerland. The chapter remained strong until the late 1960s, when race riots, labor strikes, and anti-Vietnam War protests diverted campus attention and led the University administration to cut funding from most undergraduate organizations, including AIESEC. The chapter dissolved in the early 1970s, closing the first chapter of AIESEC Yale’s history.
A resurgence of sorts occurred in the early 1980s, but a lack of strong leadership in the chapter quickly led to its second dissolution. In 1987, the Yale chapter came back to life for a third time and quickly regained the status it had during the early 1960s. Under the leadership of LCP David Pollay ‘90, Yale rapidly increased its exchange numbers and membership. After David was elected MCP (national president) of AIESEC U.S., the chapter maintained this momentum for several years, but it eventually fizzled as a result of poor leadership succession and an uncommitted membership in the early 1990s.
Keeping strong since 1999
The final and current chapter of AIESEC Yale’s history began in 1999, when Adam Litle ’03 refounded the chapter at the encouragement of his father, an AIESEC Yale alum from the 1960s. Adam recruited many of his like-minded friends into AIESEC, and together they worked hard to rebuild the foundations of a strong chapter at Yale. In the fall of 2002, Adam and his friends, all seniors, successfully recruited a sizable group of freshmen to take the reins.
Art Wojtowicz ’06 assumed the LCP role and soon signed Yale’s first incoming traineeships in over a decade with Cadbury Scwheppes. Though a corporate restructuring prevented their realization, this success provided the initial burst of momentum the chapter needed. This momentum continued to accelerate at the end of 2003, when Art contracted a large-scale exchange relationship with Yale University to assist the University’s internationalization initiative. This innovative partnership placed AIESEC Yale “on the map” and provided the financial resources necessary for sustainability. In 2007, under the leadership of Shannon Guy '08, AIESEC Yale celebrated it's 50th founding anniversary with a gala ball hosted at Dwight Hall, attended by notable alumni and the current president of Yale University, Peter Salovey.
Since our latest revival, we have continued to expand the Yale exchange partnership, improve exchange quality, and recruit and develop committed AIESEC leaders. The history of AIESEC Yale – like that of most chapters – highlights the importance of capable, visionary leadership. Great leaders can quickly build a great chapter. Yet once those leaders graduate, the chapter’s success often wanes just as suddenly. This is the challenge the current generation – armed with this hindsight – has tried to solve by improving membership recruitment and retention and leadership development. We now believe, after several years of trial and error, that we’ve learned how to make AIESEC sustainable in Yale’s local reality. AIESEC’s future success depends on whether the current generation can pass along this knowledge to the next.
More about AIESEC
Learn more about AIESEC's purpose, values, the Leadership Development Model and the AIESEC Way.