IAESTE is open to students currently enrolled, preferably in the third year or above, in technical courses such as Engineering, Science or IT in third-level institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Graduates can apply within the first year of their graduation. Applications are accepted online between October and December each year. IAESTE holds an annual conference in January at which all member countries exchange traineeship offers. IAESTE Ireland matches applicants with relevant traineeships. Traineeships can last from two to 12 months and be hosted in any IAESTE country other than Ireland
There is an application fee and a further placement fee on acceptance of a traineeship, to contribute to the running costs of the programme. IAESTE trainees pay their own travel costs, including any required visa or work permit processing fees. All trainees must have valid international health insurance before travelling.
IAESTE is an immersive experience which places students in a different country and work culture,improving their technical, professional and intercultural skills simultaneously. Most IAESTE countries have active local committees who greet trainees on arrival, show them around their local area, and arrange a social programme throughout the placement. Many trainees have gone on to full-time employment with their host employers or in their host countries as a result of the experience gained.
The personal and professional links which IAESTE trainees make with international employers,universities and fellow trainees is one of the biggest benefits. IAESTE has an active Local Committee and Alumni community so these links last long after the traineeship.Trainees receive a salary directly from their employers sufficient to cover their cost of living. This is paid in local currency in line with regional norms (i.e. a trainee working in the U.S. receives a standard U.S. trainee wage in US dollars; a trainee working in India receives a standard Indian trainee wage in rupee). In most cases accommodation is arranged before arrival by the IAESTE national office or local committee.