What is AIESEC?
Since we were founded, we have engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people who have been through an AIESEC experience. The impact of our organisation can be seen through our alumni who represent business, NGO and world leaders, including one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Atisaari of Finland.
What does AIESEC stand for?
AIESEC (pronounced eye-sek) was originally an acronym for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales. AIESEC is no longer used as an acronym but simply as the name of the organisation.
Members of AIESEC are known as “AIESECers.”
We are a global network of young leaders under the age of 30 who strive to better themselves and the communities around them. We are passionate about world issues, leadership development, cultural understanding and experiential learning.
The organisation spans 126 countries and territories and every aspect of AIESEC’s operations are managed by students and recent graduates.
We have operated in this way since our inception, making us uniquely “by students, for students”, for over 65 years. The global leadership teams are elected by the membership annually.
Independent & Non-Political
AIESEC does not have a pre-defined or officially accepted political tendency or subscription.
AIESEC is not a subsidiary or dependent entity of any other bodies in its work, sustainability or decisions.
We are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICYMO, and is recognised by UNESCO.
How We Started
A group of young people gathered in Western Europe and discussed what can we do in order to ensure that similar conflicts do not happen again. They determined that cross-cultural understanding was essential to prevent similar conflicts.
Why We Do It
How We Do It
We place our confidence in youth because they have the passion, dynamicism and entrepreneurial spirit that are needed to shape the future. They have the responsibility to improve tomorrow by choosing who they will be today.
How We Do It
AIESEC is a platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. After going through an experience with AIESEC, young people are better prepared to make a positive impact.
What We Do
We provide youth leadership development opportunities through cultural exchanges and creating these opportunities to allow them to step out of their comfort zones, such as Global Volunteer, Global Talent and Global Entrepreneur.
Striving for Excellence
AIESEC is a non-governmental not-for-profit organisation in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO. AIESEC International is registered as a Foundation (Stichting), RSIN #807103895 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.