IAESTE, the ‘International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience’, is an international, non-profit organisation whose main aim is to provide students with internships around the world. IAESTE is currently found in over 80 countries and has been in operation since 1948.
IAESTE Malta, founded in 1984, is the Maltese branch of IAESTE and is a student-run organisation. The IAESTE Malta committee strives to provide students with relevant work experience abroad. IAESTE internships aim to provide technical, first-hand experience to students, thus helping them further their studies and career. In a nutshell, IAESTE Malta sends Maltese students to work abroad on traineeships, and receives foreign students that work in local companies on a 1:1 basis.
All full-time students reading for a degree in Engineering, Architecture, Science, IT or Pharmacy are eligible for an IAESTE traineeship abroad. At the beginning of the academic year (October-November), an information meeting is held for all students interested in becoming part of the IAESTE experience. All interested individuals are to fill in an application form against a small fee. Through this application, IAESTE Malta will obtain a detailed overview of which study fields, level of study and countries the Maltese students are interested in. This will help the Annual Conference IAESTE Malta delegate when exchanging jobs with fellow IAESTE branches, so as to obtain jobs that are suitable for the applicants.
Jobs abroad for students enrolled in Maltese institutions are then made available around February, after which students are required to submit a Job Preference Form where they show which particular jobs they are interested in. A student is then nominated for each job offer according to a fair points system. Students nominated have to submit a nomination package which includes their CV, covering letter to the employer and any other papers required as instructed by IAESTE Malta.
When the nomination package is received and all requirements have been satisfied, the application is sent abroad. As soon as IAESTE Malta receives word on whether the applicant has been accepted or not by the foreign employer, an email will be sent to the respective applicant. This may be any time between April and May, and also depends on when the desired traineeship is due to start.
Students who failed to apply for an IAESTE internship in October/November, or did apply but were not nominated for any internships, are eligible for late offers. Late offers are offers open to all IAESTE branches worldwide and normally work on a first-come first-serve basis. This means that when IAESTE Malta releases these jobs on the IAESTE Malta website, through social media, emails, or Faculty-based organisations, interested students should contact IAESTE Malta as soon as possible to increase the chances of being nominated for the job.
The opportunities are plenty. It is now up to you to take ownership of your career path, and seize the opportunity to get relevant work experience while of course having a great time travelling and meeting awesome people from all over the world!