AIESEC is the world’s largest student run organization, present in over 107 countries and 1600 universities. It is the international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential to have a positive impact on society.
But what does that really mean?
Essentially there are two main ways you can get involved with AIESEC: locally at your university or internationally, by going on exchange. My main involvement with AIESEC have been locally. Across Canada, there are 28 chapters. These chapters are responsible for running the day to day operations of the exchange program – attending meetings to get local companies interested in hiring an AIESEC intern; financial activities; recruiting individuals to go on exchanges and much more.
Another way to get involved with AIESEC is to go on an internships. There are 4 types:
- Educational, such as teaching English in Ecuador
- Technical, for example working for an IT company in India,
- Management, working in marketing in Norway
- Developmental, such as building water wells in Uganda.
My involvement with AIESEC spans a number of years, but can be broken down into 4 sections:
- Corporate Relations – attended meetings with local businesses to interest them in an AIESEC intern
- Talent Management – managed a team in the day to day activities of the HR department of a business
- Finance – oversaw the financial activities of the local chapter
- Conference Management – organized a financially and logistically successful conference for 150 delegates
I’ll be headed out on exchange myself soon. I’ve recently matched with a company in Hungary where I will be living and working for the next year and a half. This blog is to document my adventures.
Read more about my internship here.