International Programs

Internship Placement Program
Short-Term Experiential Programs

Internship Placement Program   Apply now!

The IAESTE Placement Program matches U.S. university students majoring in technical fields with paid internships abroad. Positions are available in industry, research institutes and universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer, but fall and longer-term placements are also available.

  • Must be currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. program at an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of application. International students studying in the U.S. are welcome to apply to the Placement Program; U.S. students studying abroad through a U.S. institution are eligible as long as you are still considered to be enrolled in the U.S. university.
  • Must have attained junior-level standing or above by the time of the internship. Graduating seniors and graduate students may also apply.
  • Must be enrolled in a technical field of study.
  • Must be between the ages of 19 and 30.
  • Must be fluent in English. Foreign language skill requirements vary by position.

    Application and Placement Timeline
  • Before Jan 10th: Application deadline. Basic information about you, your major, where you're interested in going, your resume, and a statement of interest. Students who apply before Dec 1st may be given priority.
  • Jan 30th - Feb 8th: Job list comes out. Additional information uploaded (transcript, proof of enrollment, essays), and your job preferences.
  • Feb 19th: 2nd round internship applications begin.
  • March - May: Students are nominated for positions. If they are accepted, their application is sent to the employer, who will accept or reject it. Upon acceptance, students will take steps to prepare to go abroad for their internship.

    Tips when applying:
  • You can increase your chances by participating in the local committee.
  • Being flexible about where your internship may be opens up more options for placement.
  • When listing internship preference, don't list something that you aren't qualified for. If an employer lists a certain skill, they are looking for that skill for this particular position.
  • There are scholarships for internships to certain locations.
  • 2nd round internship applicants:
    • Pick the best positions suited for you. (You can see the job list here.)
    • 2nd round applicants are considered when a qualified 1st round applicant is not found, so apply as soon as possible!
For more detailed information, click here.

Short-Term Experiential Programs

Short-term programs allow students to get a taste of certain situations around the world.

NanoJapan: Summer Nanotechnology Research Program for Undergraduates
Freshmen and sophomores with a strong interest in the field of nanotechnology and desire to study in Japan
Conduct hands-on research in nanotechnology through collaboration in an international research effort. More info >>
Application deadline passed

East Meets West: Biotechnology and Public Policy in Hong Kong
Hong Kong and Guilin, China.
Bioengineering, BME, Bio, Chem, ChemE and related fields.
Explore the theory and practices of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and the ways in which TCM practitioners are applying modern technology and practices to enhance quality of delivery and effectiveness. More info >>
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EMPOWER: Engineering for a Sustainable Future
Foz do Iguacu, Fortaleza, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Engineering or science students, juniors or returning seniors are ideal.
Brazil currently generates 43.8 percent of its power from sustainable energy sources. The United States produced only 5.74 percent of its power from sustainable energy sources in 2004. Investigate energy solutions in Brazil to bring a sustainable future to the US. More info >>
Application deadline passed

KAIZEN in Japan: Women as Global Leaders
Engineering or science students with at least sophomore standing.
Kaizen: Japanese for “change for the better” or “improvement.” See how technology and manufacturing systems, such as total quality management and lean manufacturing, are implemented across various business sectors. More info >>
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Singapore and Vietnam. More info >>
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Earthquake Engineering: Istanbul at the Threshold
Istanbul, Turkey.
Architectural Engineering, CivE, Structural Engineering, Seismology or related fields with at least soph standing
Learn about earthquake engineering principles and then go to Turkey to apply them. More info >>
Application deadline passed.

IMPACT: Advancing Women in Engineering
Galway, Ireland.
Women engineering students with either freshman or sophomore standing.
Cultivate the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy through social context, promotion of mentor and peer networks, and international experiences. More info >>
Application deadline passed.

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