Generally speaking, no. We can suggest that you first get in touch with you Local IAESTE Committee back home, and see what possibilities they offer. You never know they have an offer available in a Belgian company. When they don't, you can try and contact Belgian companies yourself and try to get an internship that way. If you're up for that, you can always suggest to the company to arrange the internship through IAESTE. This will make administration (for both you and the company) easier, but the company will have to pay a fee to IAESTE Belgium (€650, in some cases €100). Apart from these two options, there's not much we can do. We get a lot of requests like this, but it is impractical, if not impossible for us to call Belgian companies and suggest you as an intern, or to send you contact details of Belgian companies.
Only students enrolled at an IAESTE member university, i.e. Ghent University, VUB/ULB or KULeuven, can apply for an IAESTE internship. Unfortunately, we are currently not active in any other Belgian universities. Should you (and maybe a couple of friends) be interested in making your university an IAESTE member university, don't hesitate to contact us!
Unfortunately, you can't. The best way for you to get an IAESTE internship is to check with the Local IAESTE Committee in your home country.
Yes. If you are enrolled for a complete masters degree in one of the IAESTE member universities, i.e. Ghent University, VUB/ULB or KULeuven, you can indeed apply for an IAESTE internship though IAESTE Belgium.
Yes, you can! As long as you are enrolled at one of the three IAESTE member universities in Belgium (Ghent University, VUB/ULB and KULeuven) when you apply, you can go. Some internships require that you are enrolled as a student during the whole period of your internship though, so do double-check if you graduate before the start of your internship.
No, all students with a science and/or technical background can apply! This includes engineers, bio-engineers, biologists, physici, mathematicians, chemists, computer scientists... as long as they are enrolled in one of the IAESTE member universities (Ghent University, VUB/ULB or KULeuven). We will be honest though: we are indeed most active within the engineering faculties, and most internships we provide are therefore also aimed at engineering students. However, if you are a non-engineering student and you wish to go on an IAESTE internship, then please fill out the IAESTE Wish List (if its in the appropriate period of the year, i.e. between October and December) or check out the internships on the Exchange Platform. Instructions how to do can be found on the application page
. You can also contact us
for more information. Who knows, you might be that one IAESTE pioneer that your study needs!
The list on the Exchange Platform is a list of FCFS offers that companies offer through IAESTE throughout the year. If there are no internships in your field of study at this moment, then that is simply because no companies within your field of study are currently offering a vacancy. However, this list is updated continuously, so it is possible that internships that are relevant for you will appear on our platform in the future. Keep an eye on the platform to see if that is the case.
If there are no internships that match your field of study on the list of yearly offers (through the yearly procedure, on the Application Platform), then unfortunately there simply are none for the regular procedure for that year. Then you can check the Exchange Platform for FCFS offers, and make sure to fill out the Wish List next year to increase the likelihood that we will find an internship that does match your field of study.
No. Filling in the IAESTE Wish List doesn't guarantee anything. It remains very important for you to fill it in though, as it is a way for us to get an idea of what kind of internships we need to look for when exchanging the Belgian internships for the foreign ones. The higher the demand, the more we know that we need to look out for a certain kind of internship.
No. Filling in the IAESTE Wish List is not binding in any way. So go ahead and fill it in, as it is a way for us to get an idea of what kind of internships we need to look for when exchanging the Belgian internships for the foreign ones. The higher the demand, the more we know that we need to look out for a certain kind of internship.
Yes! Filling in the IAESTE Wish List is important, because you are letting us know what you are interested in and what we need to look out for when we exchange internships. It is however, not a requirement to apply or go on an internship.
A broad question, but still one we get very often. There are some important things to consider:
- It's a letter, so write it as one! Provide contact details in the upper right corner, possibly the logo of your university in the upper left corner, start with 'Dear...' end with 'Sincerely, ...'
- Convince us (and later the employer) why you are so motivated for this internship: are you the perfect match, is this your dream internship, is it the perfect cross-over of your studies and another field of interest, are you super interested in the culture of that one country...? Tell us about it!
- Be enthusiastic but polite, and use correct language.
- Very very obvious, but we get them every year: write in English! Don't be that person applying for an international internship with a Dutch motivation letter. You might be able to go to the Netherlands.
As a more practical piece of information: we expect a motivation letter for every internship you apply for. If you apply for 5 internships, that means 5 (preferably at least a bit different) motivation letters.
For Ghent University:
Go to oasis.ugent.be and select the current academic year in the left column. Your curriculum details will appear. Select your current curriculum and hit the 'print transcript of records' button. Done!
It might be. First of all, you might already be excluded during the nomination process, where we check on those dates. Secondly, if you do get selected to go on an internship, the company can refuse you if you cannot come between certain dates. If this doesn't happen and you get accepted, there's always the chance to get in touch with the company and ask them about your working dates. At this stage, most companies are relatively flexible and don't mind if you shift your working period with a couple of days or a week. So, it's worth a shot, but realise you are decreasing a bit your chances to get selected and accepted.
NO! It is strictly forbidden to contact the employer mentioned on an IAESTE offer before you are officially accepted. There are several reasons for this, one being the function of IAESTE in the whole process. We are there to ensure that the workload of finding a good candidate for an internship is limited for the companies we work with. Not really helping if everyone starts contacting them, right? If we find out that you in any way tried to contact IAESTE employers in the context of an IAESTE internship before being accepted by them, you will be excluded from the nomination procedure.
Of course, we do understand that not all internship descriptions are very accurate. You can always contact us
, we might be able to provide more information or will reach out to the employer ourselves if necessary.