'14 AIESEC Congress to be in Taiwan
By John Liu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Dedicated to providing foreign students with opportunities to participate in volunteer and internship programs in Taiwan, AIESEC Taiwan will sponsor AIESEC's 2014 International Congress, inviting students from 124 countries to visit Taiwan.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Founded in 1948, AIESEC is an international non-profit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities at for-profit and non-profit organizations.
“AIESEC” was originally the French acronym for Association internationale des etudiants en sciences economiques et commerciales (International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Science). Today, its members come from a variety of specialties outside of economics and business.
With over 860,000 members from 2,100 universities in over 113 countries and territories, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organization, offering young people opportunities to participate in international internships.
AIESEC Taiwan was founded in 1964. There are currently 16 branches serving about 1,200 students in over 20 local universities. Every branch runs its own meetings and activities but all answer to the AIESEC national office, which regularly holds leadership training conferences. To join AIESEC, one may simply find the branch nearest his or her campus to sign up.
International Students Exchange Program
The Global Community Develop Program and Global Internship Program are two major international student exchange experiences facilitated by AIESEC Taiwan which provide a platform that allows Taiwanese students to go abroad and foreign students to come to Taiwan.
The Global Community Develop Program usually runs for four to six weeks and allows young people to participate in non-profit local community services, including education, culture, women's rights, environment conservation and animal protection-related services.
366 foreigners came to Taiwan through the Global Community Program in 2012, AIESEC Taiwan said, adding that a majority of the foreigners came from Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.
The Global Internship Program usually runs for three months to one year and a half, giving young people an opportunity to work in local corporations. Foreign interns are held responsible for their assigned tasks, and are monitored and evaluated on their work performance.
27 foreign students came to Taiwan through the Internship program in 2012, according to AIESEC Taiwan. Most of the students came from Brazil and Germany and worked in mechanics- and electronics-related industries.
But even more foreign students came to Taiwan through the Global Community Program because it was easier to apply for short-term visas to enter Taiwan, and many students came to do volunteer work on holidays, AIESEC Taiwan said. It is also harder to come work in Taiwan through the internship program, because corporations usually have more stringent requirements for intern candidates, and interviews may be required, AIESEC Taiwan explained, adding that corporations' decisions are sometimes based on their global market expansion strategy.
In regard to sending students abroad, a total of 623 Taiwanese students went overseas through the community development program in 2012, while 48 people went abroad through the internship program.