AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organization. With 35,000 members active in over 1700 universities across more than 107 countries and territories, our international platform enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential for them to have a positive impact in society.
AIESEC uses an innovative approach to engaging and developing today's youth. By offering opportunities to build extensive international personal networks and explore leadership opportunities, we provide a platform for young people to discover direction and ambition for their futures.
History of AIESEC
In 1944, AIESE was unofficially founded by two students in Stockholm, Sweden, in response to World War II. The two founders, Jaroslav Zich and Stanislas Callens created AIESE "to help develop friendly relations between members (of different) countries". Finally in 1948, AIESE was officially founded and its name was changed to AIESEC.
AIESEC was founded with the intention of rebuilding "friendly relations" between the European countries. Soon after its inception, internship exchange was established as AIESEC's core process, and in 1949, 89 students took part in the inaugrual exchange process. Now, over 60 years later, AIESEC sends over 5,000 students and recent graduates on exchanges every year.
In addition to promoting peaceful relations between countries, for over 60 years AIESEC has partnered with businesses and institutes of higher education to develop high-potential students into globally minded, responsible leaders. AIESEC's innovative development process consists of unmatched leadership experiences, international opportunities and a global learning environment. To that end, alongside our 5,000+ exchange opportunities we offer our members over 7,000 leadership opportunities and 450 international conferences ever year.
AIESEC is recognized and approved by every American president since John F. Kennedy.
The former general secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan said:
"The United Nations has long recognized that the imagination, ideals and energies of young men and women are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live. AIESEC has contributed to this development by serving as an agent of positive change through education and cultural exchange to develop a broader understanding of cultural, socio-economic and business management issues."