A youth organisation
on a mission
AIESEC was founded way back in 1948 in 7 countries in Europe. Now, more than 65 years later we’re present in over 126 countries and territories and are still growing.
What is AIESEC?
Tens of thousands of students and recent graduates, each year, in over 100 countries manage an organisation that facilitates tens of thousands of international exchanges so that young people may experience and understand cultures other than their own.
We believe that being part of this global community, taking these management and leadership opportunities and having the chance to learn and question our roles in society gives us as AIESECers a bit of power and direction in becoming change agents for positive impact.
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.
What’s more, since its foundation, AIESEC has been entirely youth-led. This means every single year, new leadership teams are elected from the membership at every level of the international organisation.
AIESEC is founded
AIESEC was officially founded in 1948. At the time, the mission was “to expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals, changing the world one person at a time.”
In 1955, AIESEC expanded into the Middle East region – this was the first non-European presence in AIESEC – and also into Greece. This year AIESEC passed 1,000 international exchange experiences for the first time.
An audience with the Pope
AIESEC’s supporter base reaches fever pitch as Pope Paul VI welcomes AIESEC’s global leadership teams to international congress 1964 in Rome, Italy.
Pushing digital frontiers
With annual global exchange numbers surpassing the 4,500 mark, manual matching of students to traineeships just couldn’t cut it. MIT students with the support of IBM break huge ground with the implementation of computerised systems.
By 1977, AIESEC had full member committees in 50 countries across 6 continents. Even more exciting was the fact that this expansion didn’t show any sign of slowing despite a global depression.
For the first time ever the network breaks the 5,000 international exchange mark in one calendar year. The feat is commended by supporters as an unprecedented achievement of students facilitating the experiences of their colleagues.
The AIESEC Way
The network is united with a new mission statement: What we Envision: “peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.”
A mid-term ambition
Delegates at International Congress 2005 develop a mid-term ambition to push the organisation to achieve a greater impact. Generation 2010 enters with the goal of achieving annual exchanges exceeding 10,000 by 2010.
The AIESEC way
The AIESEC way evolves to include a descriptor: “AIESEC is a global non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education.
Ambition achieved & reset
After delivering an unprecedented amount of exchanges the network meets again to decide upon AIESEC 2015. AIESEC’s membership then co-creates its contribution towards the global direction.
The end of the financial year 2011 shows signs of huge success for AIESEC. Over 18,000 international exchanges were delivered by 60,000 in 110 countries and territories.
Our most recent annual report (2013) sees AIESEC present in 124 countries and territories. We enabled over 26,000 international placements, coordinated by over 70,000 AIESECers.
Each term runs from August to August. Our national team structure for 2018.19 will be announced soon!
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"AIESEC" was formerly a French acronym for "Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales”, which translates to: International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences. Today, we no longer use this name as our membership has grown to encompass a much wider range of disciplines than only economics and commerce – we are simply AIESEC.
As an international student-led organization, AIESEC promotes global understanding through international exchange. By attending conferences and participating in the everyday tasks of the local and national level, our students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills and develop an international perspective while making many memorable friends and memories. In short, AIESEC is the international platform for youth to explore and develop their leadership capabilities.
Most of our 70,000 members around the world work in city or university-based Local Committees (LC) where we facilitate our recruitment, programme management and delivery of internship and volunteer programmes.
LC members gain personal and professional experience by taking on management and leadership roles while they are finishing their university degrees. The students manage stakeholders, create talent management strategies, devise and implement business plans, and work with the national team and the Global Committee to innovate in order to improve the delivery of AIESEC’s vision through our programmes and projects.
Get in touch with the local office nearest to you for opportunities to join or interact with our membership.
AIESEC engages with thousands of companies and organisations to support their international talent and volunteer acquisition while also offering opportunities for brands to meet and collaborate with young people.
Our global partners include companies, multi-nationals, iNGOs and NGOs that support our vision and help with our model of youth leadership development.
Partners engage with us in several different activities such as our global internships, and our Youth Speak Forum. AIESEC is able to provide unique touchpoints with high-calibre young people from all over the world.
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