We Are A Youth Leadership Movement

For Youth | By Youth
What is AIESEC?
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by Youth and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national / social origin.

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

We believe that young people hold the key to a better future and they must adapt quickly and solve problems. This is why AIESEC strives for Peace & Fulfillment of Humankind’s Potential.

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.

Our Core Values

Striving for Excellence

We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. Through creativity and innovation, we seek to continuously improve.

Acting Sustainably

We act in a way that is sustainable for our organisation and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.

Demonstrating Integrity

We are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfil our commitments and conduct ourselves to our vision.

Enjoying Participation

We create dynamic and welcoming environments which stimulate active and enthusiastic participation by our members

Living Diversity

We seek to learn from the different ways of life and opinions represented in our multicultural environment. 

Activating Leadership

We lead by example & inspire leadership through actions and results. We take responsibility for developing the leadership potential of others.


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.

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