AIESEC was founded way back in 1948 in 7 countries in Europe.
Now, more than 65 years later we’re present in over 120 countries and territories and are still growing.
What is AIESEC?
Tens of thousands of students and recent graduates, each year, in over 120 countries manage the operations of AIESEC. In that way, we are truly "for youth, by youth."
The world is full of complex challenges that need better leadership to address them. Our belief is that responsible and entrepreneurial leadership can help us solve many of today’s challenges. Leaders who not only have the capabilities to create impact, but also the values that will guide their ethics and decision-making. From our early roots at the end of WWII our vision begins with changing the world not only from the outside, but from the inside out through the leaders we develop.
Every year, we facilitate tens of thousands of life-changing experiences for students and recent graduates. Ranging from professional internships, volunteering experiences, or being a member of AIESEC on campus, we offer young people a chance to discover their leadership potential. Through our extensive partnerships ranging from multinationals to social enterprises, we offer young people the gain valuable skills, networks and competencies for future success.
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 are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfill our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our vision.
We lead by example and inspire leadership through action and results, taking full responsibility for developing others.
We act in a way that is sustainable for our organization and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.
We create dynamic and welcoming environments which stimulate active and enthusiastic participation by our members.
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.
AIESEC is officially founded after WWII with the mission “to expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals, changing the world one person at a time.”
AIESEC expands into the Middle East region – this was the first non-European presence in AIESEC. This year AIESEC passed 1,000 international exchange experiences for the first time.
AIESEC in the United States is founded by students at Columbia University and Yale University.
President John F. Kennedy addresses a room of AIESECers at International Congress in an event in Boston.
AIESEC’s supporter base reaches fever pitch as Pope Paul VI welcomes AIESEC’s global leadership teams to international congress 1964 in Rome, Italy.
AIESEC has full member committees in 50 countries across 6 continents.
AIESEC achieves 5,000 exchanges within 1 calendar year.
The global network is united with a new mission statement: What we Envision: “peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential.”
Over 18,000 international exchanges were delivered by 60,000 in 110 countries and territories.
AIESEC plays a contributing role in determining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals