To apply for an IAESTE traineeship, you must be:
Students of any nationality are welcome to apply as long as they are enrolled in an Irish University in a relevant course. IAESTE operates irrespective of race, colour, gender, culture, religious or political beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
All IAESTE traineeships are conducted in English. If you have additional language skills, you can add them in your IAESTE application. Where a language other than English is required, it will be specified on the Offer form (the format in which all traineeships are published). You can see a sample offer form here.
Head over to our How to… section for an overview of the process. Then visit the Registration & Payment section to make an IAESTE application. Follow the steps to create a profile on our applications portal, and then upload your documents. Make sure to complete all the fields in your profile, even if they are not marked as mandatory.
IAESTE offers traineeships in the fields of science, engineering, architecture and IT. Occasionally there are also traineeships in the fields of Business and Marketing. The General Disciplines of study are:
Choosing your traineeship country in advance will limit your options. IAESTE focuses more on work experience that is relevant to your area of study. It is best to choose a job that suits you, rather than a country that suits you! The more flexible you are with your options of exploring new countries, the easier it will be for you to find a traineeship. IAESTE is present in over 88 countries around the world, so you will never fall short of options if you have an open mind for exploring new cultures.
In February, we’ll share a catalogue of offers which were exchanged at the IAESTE Annual Conference (AC Offers) with all applicants. You will be asked to submit three preferences. The IAESTE Programme Coordinator will hold interviews to match applicants with the offers. These opportunities are reserved exclusively for Irish students. If you are not matched to an offer, you are welcome to apply for any of the COBE Offers (see below).
Throughout the year, there will be new opportunities published on the IAESTE Exchange Platform. You will see these on your profile as ‘Available Offers’ or ‘COBE Offers’ (Continuous Online-Based Exchange). The open offers are posted to all the countries in the IAESTE network. Although only one student will be nominated from Ireland, it is possible for students from all around the world to apply as well. This means, open offers are more competitive, but not impossible to gain! If something interests you from these offers, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will check with the country if the offer is available to receive an Irish application, then check your profile to see if you meet the requirements, and get back to you if you are selected.
We will send you relevant offers related to your profile from time to time.
Remember, the final decision to accept you as a trainee is always made by the employer.
The IAESTE Annual Conference (AC) is a meeting of the National Committees of every IAESTE member country. It happens in January and is held in a different country each year. Each IAESTE member country comes with their traineeship offers, and exchanges or trades them with other countries. IAESTE traineeships work on a reciprocal basis, so each country receives an offer in return for their own traineeship offers.
You can apply for COBE Offers throughout the year, and they are handled on a case by case basis.
AC Offers are sent to all applicants in February to submit their preferences. Student selection happens in February and the documents are sent on to the employer in March. Employer decisions come through in April/May for traineeships during the summer months. If the employer does not select you, you are welcome to continue to apply for any of the COBE Offers.
An IAESTE offer form contains all the terms and details of a traineeship. It includes the city and country of traineeship, the study field and other requirements expected of the student. It also has the duration and time period of the traineeship, and the stipend. You can see a sample Offer Form here.
You can apply for three offers from the list of Annual Conference Offers which you will receive in February. You can apply for COBE Offers, one at a time. If you are selected by the IAESTE Programme Officer for an offer and your application has been sent to the host employer, you cannot apply for any other offer until the employer has reached their decision. If the employer does not select you for the COBE offer, you are now welcome to apply to the other COBE Offers.
Before the traineeship:
IAESTE Ireland will support you throughout your application process. Once you are selected for a traineeship, we will help you put forward your best nomination to the employer by helping you tailor your Cover Letter and CV to the employer specifications. The nomination includes your cover letter, CV, Transcripts and some additional documents depending on the country (for example, enrolment certificate, passport copy, etc). IAESTE Ireland will also organise a pre-departure briefing session where you will have the opportunity to meet with our student Local Committee, who have been on IAESTE Traineeships before.
During the traineeship:
Once you are accepted by the employer for a traineeship, we will connect you with IAESTE in your host country. They will welcome you to their country and support you to get started and settled in. IAESTE in your host country will be there as the first point of contact and IAESTE Ireland as the second point of contact during your traineeship. In most cases, the IAESTE committee in your host country will also organise social events to experience the new culture and country.
After the traineeship:
IAESTE Ireland will organise a Welcome Back event for all the trainees who have been on IAESTE traineeships to meet and share their experiences. If you are not ready to give up on your IAESTE experience just yet, you can join our Local Committee and get involved with IAESTE activities in Ireland!
You can join the international IAESTE alumni network at https://iaeste.org/alumni. As an alumni, you can stay connected with the IAESTE network and discover international graduate and job opportunities. When you go on to become an employer yourself, you can also offer traineeships to the next generation of students waiting to go on an IAESTE traineeship!
If you have found a traineeship abroad for yourself, and you or your employer would like it to be facilitated through the IAESTE programme, we can help you with administration and work permits. You can also be connected to a community of students who will be your peer support in the new country. Please get in touch with the IAESTE Programme Officer at email@example.com to find out more.