IAESTE Austria is a non profit organization operated by dedicated students, who are working at universities with students, graduates, universities and companies, to provide young science and engineering students from around the world with paid, course related work experience. Our work is organized voluntarily and free of charge for students by students.
IAESTE is an internationally operating student led organization, providing study-field specific internships in the technical and natural sciences. The “International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience” was founded after World War II in London by 10 European countries. So far, we have become a globally operating network in more than 80 countries, annually providing approximately 5.000 jobs.
IAESTE Austria is member of IAESTE A.s.b.l.. The umbrella organizations headquarter is located in Luxembourg. IAESTE Austria is divided into the National Committee (NC) and Local Committees (LC). The National Committee represents IAESTE Austria at an international level and coordinates the local committees at the national level. The local committees are representing IAESTE at every technical university in the country. In addition to the support of the companies and trainees, the local committee also organize company fairs and the annual career shuttle.
The IAESTE Exchange program provides students from Austrian universities and colleges with internships abroad and also foreign students with internships in Austria. The mission hereby is to promote international understanding and provide students with further education.
IAESTE career fairs, TECONOMY, support science and research. We enable companies to present themselves and their work at universities and to get in contact with students, professors and their scientific staff.
The IAESTE Career Shuttle are field trips with recruiting character to companies for students in technical and scientific fields of study. It allows companies to interact with students and present themselves and their workplace.
To promote international understanding among the members we organize meetings with other committees around the world. In addition to the fun, friendships are formed, knowledge is shared and relationships are being built.
Volunteering with IAESTE can be a rewarding experience. By getting involved you can develop new skills. By developing and carrying out different projects your organisational, managing, financial and social skills will improve quickly.
Since 1949, Austria participates in the IAESTE program, whereby the exchange program was carried out by ÖKISTA.
At the end of the 80s a dedicated group of students from TU Vienna established, with the goal to increase the number of internships in Austria. In addition to more internships, company contacts, an international study fair and the first career fair (November 22nd of 1989) were organized. In order to support the voluntary work of the students a board of trustees with representatives from science, business and politics was founded to supervise the association.
The success spoke for the initiators. Motivated through this, the IAESTE spirit was spread at other technical universities, which had the result that other committees were soon founded. During this initial period, regular meetings were held with ÖKISTA and the its curators, who aimed to achieve a student-run IAESTE. More IAESTE Local committees at BOKU, TU Graz and TU Leoben have been founded and IAESTE Austria was now student run.
The final independence of IAESTE led by students became reality in January 1992 with the official founding of the Austrian umbrella organization IAESTE Austria. Shortly afterwards, the Local Committees of Linz and Innsbruck were built. The infrastructure was provided by the universities as well as by the National Union of students. Recognition as a legitimate successor to ÖKISTA at an international level was achieved one year later at the General Conference in Cork, Ireland. The success of the idea IAESTE being run by students can be measured by the fact that the voluntarily active students in Austria have already been able to triple the number of internships in a year.
The success in Austria was also transferred to neighboring countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. Equally successful organizations were established here as well. Within the first two years, four international seminars and conferences were organized by IAESTE Austria (Post Seminar Conference of the 5th SID in Vienna, 1st National Convention in Modre in June 1992, Marketing Conference in Winter 1992/93 in Graz, 7th SID in Annaberg). At this time, Austria began to become more important to student run organizations on international level.
When the first generation change came, the “IAESTE Oldies” emerged and have then been the first “IAESTE Austria Alumni”, that were already active in their profession and then helped IAESTE with the future active members.
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