IAESTE in short

  • Global exchange of interns
  • More than 80 member countries worldwide
  • In Germany part of the DAAD
  • About 1000 available internships per year for Germany
  • Mentoring at the universities is usually done by volunteering students
  • The number of available interships abroad equals the number of offered internships for incomers


What is IAESTE?

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience - in short IAESTE - is an international, non-political, independent organization organizing internships abroad.


IAESTE History

IAESTE was founded in 1948 in London and has so far sent more than 300.000 students to over 85 countries. Germany is a member of the IAESTE program since 1950. It is represented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


IAESTE Organisational Structure

IAESTE is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Foreign Office. The local committees consist of committed students of the particular university. Where this is not possible, the international offices take care of the assignments of IAESTE.


Activities of IAESTE

The Local Committees (LC) accept applications for internships abroad. The placement of these internships, which are usually between 8 and 12 weeks long, is of course free of charge. On the other hand, the LCs also look after the foreign students on site. This includes, for example, finding a room, dealing with the authorities and organising leisure activities.



IAESTE internships intend to give students of engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, agriculture and forestry a better practical experience and insight into the life, culture and way of thinking of other people and cultures.