IAESTE in a nutshell

  • Worldwide trainee exchange
  • Approximately 80 member countries
  • IAESTE Germany is part of the DAAD
  • Every year about 1000 internship exchanges for Germany
  • The service in the receiving universities is offered mostly by voluntary students
  • Number of internships offered = Number of internships received

What is IAESTE ?

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an international, nonpolitical, independent organization to provide internships abroad.

IAESTE history

IAESTE was founded in 1948 in London and has sent more than 300 000 students to over 85 countries so far. Germany is a member of the IAESTE program since 1950. It is represented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Structure of the IAESTE organization

Every member country of IAESTE consists of a national committee (NC) and several local committees (LC) at the participating universities. In Germany the national committee is represented by a department of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). IAESTE is supported by the The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and The Federal Foreign Office. The local committees consist of committed students of the particular university. In other cases the International Offices take care of the assignments of IAESTE.

Assignments of IAESTE

The local committees (LC) receive the applications from German students for internships abroad. These internships, usually lasting from 8 to 12 weeks, will be arranged free of charge. Additionally the LCs support the foreign trainees in the respective city. This includes for example finding accommodation, dealing with the authorities and organizing social program to get to know the receiving country.


IAESTE internships offer a better practical relevance to students of engineering, science, agriculture, forestry, architecture and applied arts. Furthermore the internhips offer an opportunity to gain an insight to the life, the culture and the way of thinking of other cultures and people.