The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an international, nonpolitical, independent organization organizing internships abroad.
IAESTE was founded in 1948 in London and has so far sent more than 350 000 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).
In every member country there is a national committee (NC) and several local committees (LC) at the 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 Foreign Office. The local committees consist of committed students of the respective university. Where this is not possible, the international offices take care of the assignments of IAESTE.
The local committees (LC) receive the applications of the German students for internships abroad. These internships, usually from 8 to 12 weeks, will be arranged free of charge. Additionally the LCs support the foreign trainees in their City. This includes for example finding accommodation, dealing with the authorities and social program to get to know the receiving country.
IAESTE internships offer students a better practical relevance to students of engineering, science, agriculture and forestry. Furthermore they are an opportunity to get an insight to the life, the culture and the way of thinking of other cultures and people.