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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!

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