We are a Youth Leadership Movement!

AIESEC was founded way back in 1948 in 7 countries in Europe. Now, more than 68 years later we’re present in over 126 countries and territories and are still growing.

A Youth Leadership Movement

AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by Youth and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national/social origin.

Since we were founded, we have engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people who have been through an AIESEC experience. The impact of our organisation can be seen through our alumni who represent business, NGO and world leaders, including one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Atisaari of Finland.

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The AIESEC Way

Our Vision

Our Values

Striving for Excellence

We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. Through creativity and innovation, we seek to continuously improve.

Demonstrating Integrity

We are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfil our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our vision.

Activating Leadership

We lead by example and inspire leadership through action and results, taking full responsibility for developing others.

Acting Sustainably

We act in a way that is sustainable for our organisation and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.

Enjoying Participation

We create dynamic and welcoming environments which stimulate active and enthusiastic participation by our members.

Living Diversity

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.

Our Story

1948

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.”

1955

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.

1964

AIESEC’s supporter base reaches fever pitch as Pope Paul VI welcomes AIESEC’s global leadership teams to international congress 1964 in Rome, Italy.

1967

With annual global exchange numbers surpassing the 4,500 marks, manual matching of Youth to traineeships just couldn’t cut it. MIT Youth with the support of IBM breaks huge ground with the implementation of computerised systems.

1977

By 1977, AIESEC had full member committees in 50 countries across 6 continents. Even more exciting was the fact that this expansion didn’t show any sign of slowing despite a global depression.

1984

For the first time ever the network breaks the 5,000 international exchange mark in one calendar year. The feat is commended by supporters as an unprecedented achievement of Youth facilitating the experiences of their colleagues.

1989

The network is united with a new mission statement: What we Envision: “peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.

2005

Delegates at International Congress 2005 develop a mid-term ambition to push the organisation to achieve a greater impact. Generation 2010 enters with the goal of achieving annual exchanges exceeding 10,000 by 2010.

2008

The AIESEC way evolves to include a descriptor: “AIESEC is a global non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by Youth and recent graduates of institutions of higher education.

2010

After delivering an unprecedented amount of exchanges the network meets again to decide upon AIESEC 2015. AIESEC’s membership then co-creates its contribution towards the global direction.

2011

The end of the financial year 2011 shows signs of huge success for AIESEC. Over 18,000 international exchanges were delivered by 60,000 in 110 countries and territories.

2014 till Present

Our most recent annual report (2013) sees AIESEC present in 124 countries and territories. We enabled over 26,000 international placements, coordinated by over 70,000 AIESECers.

70,000
Active Members
24,000
Universities Represented
120
Countries Represented
21,000
Volunteering Opportunities
6,000
Opportunities Within AIESEC
1,000,000
AIESEC Alumni

We are a Youth Leadership Movement

We proudly count a Nobel Peace Price laureate and numerous world, business and NGO leaders amongst our one million strong alumni community across the world. To date, we've delivered over 480,000 internship and volunteering experiences, and it's all been led by young leaders who believe in making the world a better place.

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