How to …

How to …

How To Apply for a Traineeship

  • Read the IAESTE student brochure
  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions
  • Check the calendar for an information session near you
  • Read about international IAESTE activities
  • Prepare your cover letter, explaining your motivation for applying, how your personal/professional/academic activities, interests, skills and experience equip you for an international traineeship, why the traineeship will benefit both you and your potential employer and your adaptability, intercultural awareness and independence.
  • Prepare a CV with details on relevant work experience and academic projects undertaken.
  • Request a  transcript of your exam results to date from your university admissions office along with an explanation of the grading system.
  • If you are an Architecture student, a portfolio will be required.

  • All IAESTE processes are conducted on the IAESTE Exchange Platform at, including student registration, selection, and submission of documents to the employer. See the step by step application guide here.
  • Visit and click ‘Register With Us’. Select ‘Are you a student?’ and you’ll get to the Registration Page. Select ‘Ireland’ as the country you study in. Submit your information and your username and temporary password will be emailed to you.
  • Log in to again and set up your password.
  • Click on your name to access your profile. Complete the required fields and upload your supporting documentation as prompted.
  • Pay the €30 application fee on the Registration & Payment page.
  • Once you have saved your profile and paid the fee, we’ll review your details and verify your registration. We may contact you if we need any more information.
  • Once verified, your account on will be active until you are no longer eligible for IAESTE traineeships. It’s your responsibility to keep your profile up to date. At any stage, you can contact the IAESTE office at to deactivate your account if you no longer wish to receive notifications from the platform.

  • Once your profile is verified, you will be able to see all available traineeship opportunities on the exchange platform.
  • We will send you a catalogue of offers in February which we have exchanged at the Annual Conference. These offers are reserved solely for Irish students. You will be asked to submit three preferences and we will conduct interviews to match you to the right offer.
  • You will also see COBE offers on the exchange platform. These offers are open to students from several countries and are handled on a one to one basis. For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • If you are interested in any of the COBE offers, contact us at, at least four working days before the deadline. We will check your suitability for the offer and check with the country if it is still available.
  • Once you are selected by the IAESTE Programme Officer for a traineeship, you will be asked to submit a nomination for the employer through the Exchange Platform. A nomination is a package of documents submitted to the employer. At this stage, you will be asked for additional documents like an Enrolment Certificate at your university, passport copy and recommendation letters. You will also have an opportunity here to tailor your Cover Letter to the traineeship you apply for.
  • Once accepted by the employer for the traineeship, the €170 placement fee will apply and you will be given your Acceptance Documents.

  • The final decision on your application is always made by the employer.
  • We will notify you of the employer decision and send you any documents you may need for visas/work permits.
  • We will also send you an Outgoing Student Guide and you will be guided by the host country for any questions you may have regarding your traineeship
  • Make arrangements for flights/visas etc. and health insurance for your journey.
  • Inform IAESTE Ireland and IAESTE in the receiving country of travel arrangements.
  • Enjoy your traineeship!

  • Complete and return the Trainee Report supplied by IAESTE Ireland.
  • Your employer will also be sent an Employer Report form to give feedback on their experience.
  • Share your traineeship experience in a post for the Léargas blog
  • Share your experience with your friends who might be interested in taking up a traineeship with IAESTE.
  • Get involved with the IAESTE Ireland Local Committee
  • Encourage Irish employers and professors in your college to offer an IAESTE traineeship and guarantee an opportunity for other Irish students!

@IAESTE_Ireland Ireland, @Leargas will be present at the CIT Careers Fair on Thursday 26th September. Come along to know more about Paid Technical Traineeships Abroad! Registrations open at @CIT_Careers @CITSU @CIT_ie

Capturing the IAESTE experiences of returned Irish trainees through a debriefing session using reflection and drawings! Trainees added a Wow Factor to their CV, experienced new cultures and ways of living and discovered skills and friends! @Leargas #Work #Experience #Discover

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

@IAESTE_Ireland will be at @UCDCareers Science and Engineering Fair Tuesday, 24th September. Visit our stand to learn about paid technical traineeships abroad! Registrations open at @ucdscience @UCDEngArch @Leargas

@Lucieern16 spent 9 weeks in @drmgmonaghan's lab in @tcdTCBE @tcdTBSI through an @IAESTE_Ireland exchange. Working closely with @DinorathOlvera on an @Entirl project with @spraybase on cardiac biomaterials, she made this video of her @tcddublin and Dublin experience. Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

IAESTE Ireland registrations are now open! If you want to go on a paid technical traineeship abroad, register on and find more details on @TCDCareers @UCDCareers @NUIGCareers @Leargas @CIT_Careers @CareersUCC @LITCareers

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

Pleasure to host Lucie Černá as an intern this summer in @tcdTCBE @tcddublin @tcdTBSI through an @IAESTE @IAESTE_Ireland exchange. Working closely with @DinorathOlvera on our @Entirl project with @spraybase, an extremely talented scientist- she made this video of her experience: Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

🐦 All the latest news from the world of IAESTE 🐦 -… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

That’s right, if you’re going on, are on, or have recently finished an internship related to automotive engineering, you can apply through FISITA for a bursary to cover your travel costs for up to €2000. Read more on… @Leargas

Twitter Media

That’s right, if you’re going on, are on, or have recently finished an internship related to automotive engineering, you can apply through FISITA for a bursary to cover your travel costs for up to €2000. Your…… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

Delighted to see Lucíí Černá leave her footprints in Ireland and take home a positive experience!… If you have been on an @IAESTE traineeship, please share your story with us at… . @Leargas @tcddublin @iaesteczech @tcdglobal

Our IAESTE Trainee from @iaesteczech at work at @tcddublin doing some amazing research on conductive polymers. IAESTE connects qualified trainees in STEAM fields with forward thinking Irish employers and researchers. @Leargas @IAESTE #Work #Experience #Discover @tcdglobal

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

IAESTE matches forward thinking employers with international technical trainees. The HR from Boliden, Tara Mines were grateful to @IAESTE for having a network where it is possible to find students in niche fields such as Mining Engineering.

Twitter Media
Twitter Media

IAESTE President, Bernard Baeyens was invited to contribute an article on international exchange in a globalised world to the prestigious publication Commonwealth Education Report 2019. You can read it on page 18 using the link below.…

International Trainees in Ireland enjoying their weekend learning Surfing in Bundoran. IAESTE Trainees bring an international dimension to work places and truly live to the IAESTE Motto of #Work #Experience #Discover @Leargas @Failte_Ireland @IAESTE

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

@IAESTE_Ireland and @Leargas welcoming the first IAESTE Trainee from Greece. Aris, a recent graduate from NTUA, Greece will be interning with Tara Mines, Boliden in Navan for 3 months. Exciting summer ahead!

Twitter Media

IAESTE President's article in Commonwealth Education Report emphasizing the need and benefits of student exchanges in the globalized world, both for students and companies.…

Our accepted and nominated students for summer traineeships visited us at the IAESTE Pre Departure Briefing. Some opportunities are still available! Get in touch with us on

Twitter Media

Looking for a paid technical internship abroad? Apply today. Reach out to us at @TCDCareers @UCDEngArch @UCDSU @NUIGCareers @dit_su @ULCareers @LIT_SU @TUDublin_BN @TUDublinCCGAA @CareersUCC @CIT_ie @waterfordit @WeAreTUDublin @Leargas…

Check out the latest edition of our IAESTE Alumni & Opportunities Newsletter -… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

Twitter Media

Are you a student in an Irish university in the field of science, IT, engineering, or architecture? 👩‍🎓Do you want to do something different this summer? ☀️ Check out for all our internship offers across the globe! 🗺

The first student for this summer got accepted in Austria and Ireland is looking forward to welcome a student from Greece with many more to come. Several opportunities are still available on Apply now! @Leargas

IAESTE Ireland welcomes student applications for traineeships in science, engineering, architecture and IT. More details on applications can be found on…

Twitter Media

Take an IAESTE Traineeship this summer to gain technical work experience, enhance your social and communication skills and meet people from all over the world. More details at…

Twitter Media

Calling all Civil Engineering students for a paid summer internship with @iaesteghana while having lots of fun exploring a new country, culture and cusinie @cit_civil @tcdengineering @UCDEngArch @EmployersNUIG @EngineeringUCC @TUDublin_BN @Leargas Apply on…

Twitter Media

Apply for an IAESTE Opportunity. It will give your CV an edge while you have an amazing experience meeting people from all over the earth on a paid summer internship. More details on… Applications close 21st March @Leargas

Twitter Media

The world is a small place. Leave your travel footprint at the Ohrid Lake, one of Europe's deepest and oldest lake. Visit… for application details @Leargas

Twitter Media

Hear about Fiona's experience at . Applications open for students of Science, Engineering, Architecture, IT, Agriculture and Food Science, Natural Resources and Conservation.…. @UCDEngArch @ucdsciencesoc @nuigalway @ucdagfood

@IAESTE_Ireland will have an information stand at @nuigalway on Monday, 4th March from 2pm-3:30pm. If you are a student in engineering, science, architecture, IT, Agriculture, Food Science, Conservation, visit us for summer placements abroad. @NUIGSU @nuigalway @Leargas

IAESTE Ireland is organizing an information talk in UCD this Thursday, 28th February, 1pm-2pm.…. Spend your summer doing an IAESTE internship! @Leargas @UCDSocieties @UCDEngArch @ucdstudentdesk @UCDstudents @UCD_Research Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

IAESTE Ireland is organizing an information talk in UCD this Thursday, 28th February, 1pm-2pm.…. Spend your summer doing an IAESTE internship! @Leargas @UCDSocieties @UCDEngArch @ucdstudentdesk @UCDstudents @UCD_Research

Kerrie spent her summer in Tunisia with IAESTE 🇹🇳🙌🏻 😍 #iaeste #internship #WorkExperienceDiscover Léargas. Please head over to… for more information. You could be headed to Tunisia this summer to travel while being on a paid course related internship.

Twitter Media

Are you a student or recent graduate of a technical subject such as Engineering, Science or IT? @IAESTE_Ireland have offers of paid, international technical traineeships that may be of interest! Visit:… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

See why Fiona went on her internship and what she took away from her experience in Czech Republic ! @Leargas @iaesteczech #Work #Experience #Discover @tcddublin @UCDEngArch @nuigalway @uccsocieties @UCCSU Head over to… to see our offers and how to apply!!

Twitter Media

This summer, go on a paid technical internship abroad with IAESTE Ireland, Léargas. Head to… for offers and details. Create your summer story! @Leargas

Twitter Media

The LC have an amazing summer social program for this coming summer, if you would like to join any of the weekends let the Dublin LC know on their facebook page!…

We are just about finished finalizing the remainder of our 2018 traineeships! We are delighted to have sent students to over 10+ countries this year #exchange #iaesteireland #workabroad #travel

To celebrate #iwd2018, here are just some of the women who work in Léargas. Happy International Women's Day to all. Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

Want to work abroad in Computer Science or Engineering this year? Short & longterm #IAESTE traineeships are still available! Apply online by 12 March & read Fiona's experience at… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

Seven weeks in Tunisia inspired @ucddublin student Kerrie Drum to develop the #IAESTE Local Committee in Dublin, starting with the 'Boost' training weekend in Tampere, Finland (check out that #sneachta!)… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

Loved working on this blog by @IAESTE_Ireland trainee Kerrie Drum: "I lived with over 40 people from 30 countries...there was no such thing as a border or block between us" #IAESTESpirit… Retweeted by IAESTE Ireland

Why not join the Dublin Local committee? It is a great chance to meet new people from all over the world! Get a chance to travel all over Ireland showing the international trainees how beautiful our country is!…

Do you like to travel and get paid while doing it? Apply for the @IAESTE_Ireland internship program, we have a number of graduate positions in Computer Science and Computer Engineering! @UCDCompSci @UCDSU @tcdsu @NUIGSU @UL @UCCSU @litsu @DITEngineering @ditcomputing

@IAESTE_Ireland has a number of paid Computer Science and Engineering opportunities in Denmark, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Czech Rep and India! Contact IAESTE at or apply online at…

@IAESTE_Ireland has a number of graduate positions in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, please email me and/or apply online… @UCDCompSci @TCDCareers @UCC @NUIGCareers @GMITOfficial