The IAESTE Ireland programme has now closed. Please see the announcement in our news section.


IAESTE arranges paid traineeships for students who are currently enrolled in a third level educational institution in the Republic of Ireland studying science, engineering, architecture or IT. Applicants should preferably be in the third year of an undergraduate degree or above, or any year of MSc or PhD. Second year students may also apply,  but a wider range of traineeships are available when you have more knowledge in your field of study.  Graduates can apply within the first year of their graduation. Traineeships can last from six weeks to 12 months, and be hosted in any IAESTE country other than Ireland.

IAESTE traineeships are as diverse as you can imagine. You could spend your summer in Kumasi, Ghana working with the Department of Road works while exploring African culture, cuisine and markets; or on a year-long traineeship working with the latest technologies in a tech start up in Zurich, Switzerland, enjoying chocolate, cheese, rafting and bungee jumping in your spare time! You could be working in an Architecture firm in Tunisia for the summer while soaking in the Mediterranean sun; or you could find yourself doing cancer research in an institute in Jaipur, India while enjoying the unique hospitality and food the country has to offer. Are you ready to take the plunge and go on an IAESTE experience?


In an increasingly competitive job market, much has been said about the need to gain relevant work experience before graduation. IAESTE not only provides traineeship experience but also the valuable experience of working abroad.

IAESTE places you in a different country and work culture, enhancing your technical, professional and intercultural skills at the same time! Work experience gained abroad enhances your independence and flexibility, communication and foreign language skills, and contributes to your personal and academic development.

Trainees are paid by their employers in line with local norms, and in most cases accommodation is arranged before you arrive. Most IAESTE countries have active local volunteers who will meet you on arrival, show you around, and set up social events. Many trainees have gone on to full-time employment with their host employers or in their host countries as a result of their IAESTE experience.

The personal and professional links you can make with international employers, universities and other trainees is one of the most long lasting benefits of IAESTE. There is an active Alumni network who exchange job and networking opportunities.


IAESTE Ireland has a €30 registration fee and a €170 placement fee when you accept a traineeship, to contribute to the running costs of the programme. IAESTE trainees pay their own travel costs, including any fees for visa or work permits. All trainees must have valid international health insurance before travelling. All IAESTE trainees are paid a stipend in line with the local norm to cover their cost of living and lodging when on the traineeship.


You can register with IAESTE by creating a profile on the Exchange Platform. After paying the €30 registration fee and uploading your documents, you will be verified by the IAESTE office. You will then be able to see the different traineeships that are available, and apply for opportunities as they come up. We will check your suitability for the traineeship, and check with the IAESTE country that the offer is still available. If you are selected, you will be asked to prepare a ‘nomination package’ that will be sent to the employer for consideration. The employer makes the final decision regarding your acceptance. Once accepted, the placement fee of €170 will apply and IAESTE in the host country will help you with visas (if needed) and arrival information. You can then start your IAESTE traineeship for a life changing experience! Find out more about the application process in our ‘How to’ section.

Check the event calendar for information sessions and application workshops near you.

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