There is an initial application fee of $75 and a program fee of $925 which is owed once the participant has been nominated for a position. The program fee includes a $100 deposit which is refunded upon successful completion of the program. For more details on program fees and associated costs click here.
The program fee includes a paid internship placement with an international host company or university, pre-departure orientation, work authorization and visa assistance, in-country support, re-entry webinar upon completion of the program, and access to the global alumni network. The participant is responsible for airfare and any costs associated with the visa process. Housing, meals, and transportation within the host country are generally covered by the stipend. Insurance can be purchased through Cultural Vistas (currently $55 per month).
The list of available internship opportunities will be published to all applicants in late January 2018, after the exchange has taken place at the IAESTE Annual Conference. Each applicant will have the opportunity to select up to five internship preferences. The IAESTE United States selection committee will review each applicant’s internship preferences and supporting documents. Phone interviews will be conducted with the top candidates for each position.
One nominee and one alternate will be selected for each position. Once a student has accepted his/her nomination, the application materials will be sent to the international host employer for a final review. Although each internship position has been reserved for a U.S. student (meaning that yours is the only application being considered), the final decision regarding acceptance belongs to the host employer. It generally takes between four to six weeks to receive a final response from the host employer.
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