We develop the leaders of the future.
AIESEC is a global youth-network.
We believe simply that youth leadership is not an option, but our responsibility!
We are global, independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit.
AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, creed, religion or national, ethnic or social origin. You could kind of say it’s in our values.
Present in 100+ nations
AIESEC is the largest youth-led organization in the world!
In the Netherlands, we work with 300 volunteers in 10 offices to support our mission since 1948.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is AIESEC?
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students 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 through an AIESEC experience. The impact of our organization can be seen through our alumni who represent business, NGO and world leaders. As for example one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Ahtisaari of Finland.
What does AIESEC stand for?
AIESEC (pronounced eye-sek) was originally an acronym coming from French. Standing 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 organization.
Members of AIESEC are known as “AIESECers.”
What does youth-run mean?
AIESEC is a global network of young leaders under the age of 30, collectively striving to better ourselves and the communities around us. We are passionate about world issues, leadership development, cultural understanding and experiential learning.
The organization spans +100 countries and territories in total. In all of those 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 young people, for young people”, for over 75 years. The global leadership teams are elected by the membership annually.
What does it mean that you are independent and non-partisan?
AIESEC does not have a pre-defined or officially accepted political tendency or subscription. We are not a subsidiary or dependent entity of any other bodies in our work, or decisionmaking.
We are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and are recognised by UNESCO.
When was AIESEC founded?
AIESEC was founded in 1948 by the 7 founding countries, one of them being the Netherlands. It was founded by Jean Choplin (France), Bengt Sjøstrand (Sweden), and Dr. Albert Kaltenthaler (Germany). Over 75 years later we are present in +100 countries and territories.
Who can be AIESECer?
Anyone who believes in the AIESEC vision basically. If you support our mission, live by our organizational values or are a member of AIESEC.
This can also include our partners, who relate to our organizational values and vision. But also parents, friends … are part of our organization, by constantly supporting us in our leadership development journeys.