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Question: What is IAESTE? - Answer: Trainee exchange worldwide

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, short IAESTE, is an international, non-political and independent organization which arranges internships abroad. It was founded in 1948 at the Imperial College of London to contribute to and promote international understanding and goodwill amongst people. Since then IAESTE has been working successfully with different organizations of the UN, e.g. with the UNESCO, ECOSOC and UNIDO.

Since its foundation, IAESTE has organized over 350,000 internships worldwide in over 85 countries, among them 50.000 in Germany alone. In 2013 about 700 German employers participated in the IAESTE internship exchange. The main focus is on internships in engineering, sciences, agriculture and forestry but internships in other fields are also on offer. With its worldwide exchange program, IAESTE provides students an opportunity to gather international work experience.

The IAESTE internships are meant to provide an opportunity for foreign trainees to expand and to deepen the skills attained during their studies in the fields of industry, research or administration, according to the requirements of their future profession.

The International Office at Chemnitz University of Technology offers advise during the application procedure, internship placements as well as help with the application documents.
A local committee will help you with all organisational matters in the host country (accommodation, pick up at arrival, organisation of activities etc.).