We are glad that you have decided to apply for the IAESTE program! The application will gather information about your biographical and academic background, as well as what you are looking to gain from an international internship experience. We have tried to make the application process simple and straightforward, but please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions about the online application or nomination process.
- Enrollment: Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited four-year U.S. university in a full-time Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. program during the application process. Recent graduates are eligible for the program, but are only able to intern in certain countries due to visa regulations. International students are welcome to apply, as long as they are enrolled at a U.S. university. International students must be enrolled before, during, and after their internships.
- Academic Standing: Applicants should have attained junior-level standing or above by the time the internship begins. Sophomores may also apply, but should include some relevant internship or lab experience as part of their application. Graduating seniors and recent graduates (start date of internship must be within one-year of graduation) are only eligible for work authorization in certain countries, and are encouraged to speak with the program team before submitting an application.
- Major: Applicants must be enrolled in a technical field of study, including, but not limited to, all engineering fields, computer science, architecture, natural and physical sciences, or agricultural sciences.
- Age: Applicants are typically between the ages of 19 and 30, but non-traditional students are encouraged to speak to the program team about eligibility.
- Language: Applicants must be fluent in English, as all IAESTE internships are conducted in English.
A complete online application and the $75 application fee (nonrefundable) are due by December 1, 2020.
- Online application (Tip: You may log into, edit and log out of your application at any time until you have clicked on the “Submit” button. Once an application has been submitted, it is considered final. Please make sure to click “Save” in each section you edit before exiting your application to ensure that all data is saved.)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- University transcript
- Proof of enrollment including expected graduation date (the Office of the Registrar should be able to provide this letter)
- List of relevant courses (this can be a Word document listing each course title and description from the syllabus)
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- Portfolio (Architecture students only)
- Copy of the picture page of your passport
- Application fee of $75
Please note: Official documents (letter of enrollment, transcripts, and letter(s) of recommendation) can be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and hand‐signed by the recommender. Letters of recommendation should come from a professor or supervisor with knowledge of your work in your field of study.
Nomination & Selection Process
Nomination occurs in five stages.
- Application: Interested students must apply to the program by December 1st. Applicants will be granted access to the list of available international internship positions during the last week in January.
- Internship List: Applicants will receive an email notification when the list of available internship positions is published. After viewing the list of available internships, students have approximately one week to submit their top five internship preferences.
- Selection: IAESTE United States reviews each applicant’s internship choices alongside their application. Short-listed candidates are invited for interviews during the first weeks of February. One student is nominated (selected) for each position. As IAESTE is a competitive program, not all students will be guaranteed a nomination. Flexibility regarding internship location and dates, advanced coursework within your major, and previous internship/research experience will increase your chances of being nominated for an international internship position.
- Nomination: Students who have been nominated for an international internship will be informed via email. The will be required to submit the $925 program fee upon deciding to accept the nomination (includes $100 deposit to be returned upon submitting final evaluation form). Note: the program fee and deposit are refunded if your application is not accepted by the host employer or circumstances force the international employer to withdraw from the program.
- Final Review: Once the student has accepted the nomination, their application is sent to IAESTE in the host country so that the company can conduct the final review of the application to confirm that the student is a good fit for the position.
- Application deadline: December 1st, 2020
- Internship list available: Last week in January
- Internship preference due: First week in February
- Nomination process begins: Late February
- Students informed of nominations: Late February - April
- Internship confirmation: March - May
- Internships begin: June - September
- $75 application fee (non-refundable) due when submitting online application
- $925 program fee (includes $100 deposit to be returned on successful completion of the program)
- Health insurance: To ensure coverage throughout the internship duration, outbound IAESTE participants must be covered by a policy administered by their home university or Cultural Vistas’ Envisage Global policy ($65 per month).
- Travels costs: Participants are responsible for purchasing their own airfare and any fees associated with the visa application.