We are AIESECer, without AIESEC this project could not start….
Who we are
Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. What makes AIESEC unique is the youth driven impactful experience that it offers to its members. AIESEC is run by youth for youth, enabling a strong experience to all its stakeholders.
The idea behind AIESEC started in the 1930s, when representatives from schools across Europe exchanged information about various programs and schools that specialized in business and economics. Students were carrying out internships in other countries, but mostly on their own initiative, and it all came to a standstill with the onslaught of World War II.
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 1949, 89 students participated in the so-called "Stockholm Congress", the first of many exchange programs.
In the late 1950s, AIESEC/Europe reached out to the United States and established contact with Yale University and Columbia Business School to see if either or both would help establish AIESEC in the United States. The following year, AIESEC/US was expanded to six more colleges and exchanged more than thirty traineeships.
Soon, AIESEC became popular: by the end of 1960, 2467 exchanges were reported, and 4232 by the end of 1970. A landmark in AIESEC history was the “International Theme Programme” that officially established all international, regional, and local seminars on specific topics, which in time grew to be a guideline for future AIESEC generations. In the following decades, debated topics were International Trade, Management Education, Sustainable development, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Responsibility.
In the 1990s, intranets called Insight were established to facilitate networking.
Nowadays, AIESEC has more than 60,000 young people in over 2,100 universities in 110 countries and territories. Together, the network manages relationships with well over 4,000 partners, facilitates more than 16,000 exchanges and 20,000 leadership roles, and organizes over 470 conferences each year.
What We Envision
Peace and fulfillment of humankind's potential.
AIESEC is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Our members are interested in world issues, leadership and management.
AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national, ethnic or social origin.
AIESEC members live an integrated development experience. This involves leadership opportunities, international internships and interacting with a global network to support their development.
Our values provide a way for AIESEC to encourage common behaviors across our global network.
We lead by example and inspire leadership through our activities. We take full responsibility for developing the youth leadership potential of our members.
We are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfill our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our ideals.
We seek to learn from the different ways of life and opinions represented in our multicultural environment. We respect and actively encourage the contribution of every individual.
We create a dynamic environment created by active and enthusiastic participation of individuals. We enjoy being involved in AIESEC.
Striving for Excellence
We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. Through creativity and innovation we seek to continuously improve.
We act in a way that is sustainable for our organization and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.