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International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences

Promoting intercultural exchange in STEM

IAESTE (pronounced “eye-ess-tay”), or the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences, is a global organization promoting intercultural exchange between students in STEM fields across the globe.

The Association was first established in 1948 and now has more than eighty official member countries that collaborate to host and send students abroad for technical internships each year. IAESTE students travel to host countries within the IAESTE network where they complete paid internships at companies, universities, and research organizations. Cultural Vistas has administered the program in the United States since 1950.

United States Internship Details

Whether you are interning on the coast or in the plains, your experience in the United States is sure to be eye-opening, informative, and will certainly help you improve your professional skills and English abilities. Keep reading to learn more about finding an internship in the U.S.

Global Internships for U.S. Students

Imagine spending your summer or co-op semester gaining valuable professional experience within your STEM field of study, while also immersing yourself in a new culture. With a local support committee arranging your accommodations and organizing group outings, your time abroad is guaranteed to spur professional and personal growth. Does this sound like the experience for you? If so, keep reading to learn more about the IAESTE International Exchange Program.

Participant Testimonial

Kathy Zhang – Araraquara, Brazil

“I learned so much–from new techniques in the lab, to conducting my first human clinical trial, to traveling and truly experiencing Brazilian culture. This has been an unforgettable experience and I am grateful for what you have done to make it possible, and for all of your help during the process.”

Inside The Experience

From a small village in Slovakia to the bright lights of New York City, see how IAESTE provided Gorazd with a life-changing opportunity.

Host Company Program Details

IAESTE is a reciprocal exchange program for engineering, technology, science, and architecture students from across the globe. IAESTE host employers provide training experiences to top STEM students from around the world. Host employers have the opportunity to diversify their workforce and develop new international business opportunities by hosting highly-skilled university students through the IAESTE program. Keep reading for more information about hosting an intern through IAESTE.

Host Company Testimonial

Michael Candelori – Creative Director at Purplegator

Our team has benefitted in a number of key ways (from hosting an IAESTE intern). Velina has truly become an important member of the team who we depend on everyday …Additionally, the IAESTE program truly matched us with a talented and proactive intern, who we learn from as much as she learns from us! She also brings important experience to the table, both in terms of her skill set and her professional demeanor…The experience has been rewarding not only for the business but also for each employee that interacts with Velina on a daily basis. We all learn from each other and I think our collaboration has had a strong benefit to everyone involved.”

Discover how an exchange program can connect you with others, increase global skills, and drive positive change in the world.