Going off to college is one of the first major steps into adulthood. You are finally on your own, having escaped the rule of your parents. You are anxious to see what kind of new people you will meet and the new things you will learn both in and outside of the classroom. It is your opportunity to reinvent yourself and try new things. However, college can be daunting for some as well, because it is where you will decide and create the pathway to your future. This is a scary thought, but there are people and organizations out there that want to help; chief among them is AIESEC.
AIESEC is the largest youth-run organization in the world with 86,000 members though that number is constantly growing. The name was an acronym that can be translated as the ‘International Economic and Science Students Association.’ However, it has grown so much over the years and changed in so many ways that AIESEC, as an acronym, has become outdated and is no longer used. It can be found in 113 countries and territories and at 2,400 universities. Their primary focus is to develop leadership. This is done through a variety of ways, but they are most popular for exchange and internship programs with any of the 8,000 organizations that they are partnered with. AIESEC is a truly amazing organization that has attained its place at the top because it is run by you.
Where it all began
AIESEC was founded in 1948, but its history goes back to sometime in the 1930′s. During this time, schools across Europe did not have the connections and partnerships that they have today so it was left up to the students to take up internships for themselves. They were also charged with coming up with their own representatives to act as liaisons with other schools about programs. Most of this activity came to a standstill once World War II started, but many neutral countries kept up their contacts.
In 1944, two students, one from Belgium and the other from Czechoslovakia founded the forerunner for AIESEC, called AIESE, at Stockholm School of Economics. AISEC was officially established in 1948. By the end of the 1950′s, AIESEC had spread across Europe and began to reach out across the oceans to several schools in the USA, including Yale and Columbia. By the 1970′s exchanges between universities were growing exponentially which forced them to establish the “International Theme Programme” that became the base guideline for what AIESEC is today.
The Advantages of AIESEC
AIESEC has had 64 years to build and mold them into the perfect tool to motivate and turn you into the person you want to be. One of their primary focuses is international exchanges and internships in any country that you have ever wanted to go to. It’s also a great way to get practical experience while you are studying; AIESEC pushes you out of your comfort zone to give you the edge in your field once you graduate. Also, with nearly 90,000 members, AIESEC is a valuable networking tool to make friends and future contacts.
AIESEC is not just any organization; it is a tool, a club and a group of friends that can help you go places, both literally and figuratively, that you never thought possible. Check out your university to see if AIESEC is there for you.read more