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in Switzerland

Get In Touch With IAESTE Switzerland

If you are a student or employer, we suggest getting in touch with your closest local committee. They will guide you on your next steps in the IAESTE journey.

How It Works

Check how it will be to be an intern in this country, apply for an internship as a student from this country or you would like to host interns.

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In case you have a Non-European/EFTA citizenship, the eligibility requirements are related to the visa procedures in Switzerland. Please make sure you can provide the following: - Certificate of enrolment for the whole duration of the internship - An official letter from your university, stating that the internship is an integral/mandatory part of your studiesThe above requirements do not apply for European/EFTA citizens.Please let your IAESTE national committee know if you need any additional information or in case you still have more questions.

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Health insurance is compulsory for everyone living in Switzerland. Since the hospital and doctor costs in Switzerland are very high, it is important that you are sufficiently insured.We recommend that EU citizens who have a European Health Insurance Card check if it will cover medical bills in Switzerland. If this is not the case and for all other countries, we recommend taking out insurance from Swisscare.Accident security (during working hours and in your free time) is covered by your employer. Social securities and accident security are directly deducted from your salaray.In most of the cases, accommodation will be arranged for you and details provided before your departure. Please clarify this in advance.You will be provided with a survival booklet

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Details of what you should do on arrival will be provided, including a contact person. Please make sure to clarify the details of your first day at work with your employer.

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Your supervisor at work will guide you during the whole internship. The working hours will be set by the employer. You can add yourself to our Trainee Whatsapp group and email list, if wished. So you will be able to communicate with all members and trainees that are currently in the city/country. We will organise events/meetings during the week and/or weekend and inform you about them. If you have any questions, pelase don't hestiate to contact us or your tutor.

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To apply for an IAESTE internship you have to: - be between 18 and 30 years old- be a student of a university / university of applied sciences which IAESTE Switzerland has agreements with- be enrolled or recently graduated: at the moment of applying for an internship you must have a valid student enrolment certificate or be graduated for max. 0.5 yearsKeep in mind that in the hosting country there may be additional requirements (e.g. for visa application).You will be charged a participation fee. This fee is expected to be paid before your nomination is presented to the receiving country and employer.In case you have already graduated, depending on the university you have studied, we might have to charge you a higher participation fee as the universities not always support recently graduated students financially.

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Search for suitable internships on IAESTE Switzerland homepage: www.iaeste.ch/en/internship-offers/- You can choose up to max 5 priorities- You must register by creating an account - Log in and complete your profile as per instructions available online, entering your priorities and submit your documents: CV, list of subjects studied, confirmation of payment of registration fee of CHF 50.-Please check that you fulfil all requirements of the internship you want to apply for.We will get in contact with you, once we receive your registration.

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Once you submit the application, we will review all applications received for this internships offer and inform you if it will be assigned to you and you can proceed with completing a nomination.We will review your profile, CV and transcript of records and compare it with the employer requirements and also consider the other applicants. We will choose the most suitable applicant for the internship. We will inform you about your nomination for one of the internship offers.

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The nomination is a compilation of documents based on which the employer makes the final decision whether or not to accept you.The nomination should include the following documents:- Student Nomination Form (provided by us)- Cover Letter- CV - Transcript of records (including the grading scale)- Proof of your language skills: IAESTE Language Certificate /TOEFL /Other related examination records.- Certificate of Enrolment from the University (if required and available)- Letter of Recommendation (highly suggested)- Work certificate (highly recommended, if available)- Scanned copy of Passport - PhotographFor all Architecture internships, a portfolio is required.If the nomination does not fulfill the above mentioned criteria, the nomination will be send back for corrections.Before the nomination is forwarded, the participation fee must be paid.

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Once the nomination is completed, it will be shared with the receiving country and the employer. The receiving IAESTE committee or the employer might want to conduct an interview with you. If so, you should keep us in the copy of any emails.Unless you were contacted by the receiving committee or employer directly, you should not contact them before acceptance.Once the nomination has been shared with the receiving committee, you should receive the final decision in max. 5 weeks.Once accepted, follow the instructions of the receiving committee. You should confirm that you wish undertake the internship within 2 weeks.If a visa or work permit is required, please keep in mind to start the process as soon as possible. All students are required to purchase insurance which covers the whole duration of the internship. Please submit your arrival details on time so that the receiving country can make all necessary arrangements to welcome you.If your nomination is rejected, you can apply for another internship or request a refund of the participation fee.

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IAESTE supports the intern during the internship by helping with the reception and also organising some social events. In case of any problems you can always reach us for some tips or in case of emergency. After the internship you'll be asked to complete a feedback form to help us to evaluate your internship as we are always trying to improve our performance and reach the highest standards. The report should be submitted within 30 days after the end of the internship. Afterwards, you will be issued with a certificate that confirms your participation in the programme.

Requirements to offer an internship to a foreign student Arrow dropdown

To offer an internship we kindly ask you to prepare some information as the job description, information about major tasks/skills needed and describe the eligibility criteria for the students, such as degree, skills required and fields of study. You will also need to define the period you would like to host the intern.Please keep in mind that all IAESTE internships are paid, the minimum salary for the intern should be CHF 2'000.-/month. Specify whether you would like us to organise accommodation for the student (costs of CHF 400.-, a service offered by our volunteers of the local committees), or if you will arrange it.Please keep in mind our service fee for the succesfull placement of a student, depending of the duration of the internship.

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You can register your internship any time of the year on our homepage under employers/student placement/registration, here you can find the direct link: https://www.iaeste.ch/en/registration-form/If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us under incoming@iaeste.ch.We will publish your offer to our exchange partners via our internal exchange platform.

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We will prove all incoming applications from foreign students to your offer and select the best suitable candidates for you. Our pre-section safes you a lot of time and efforts as we will only provide you applications from students matching to your requirements and searched profile.If you have any additional questions regarding the students' nomination you can always contact us. If wished, we can as well arrange a virtual meeting with the candidate(s) for you.In the case one of the applicants fulfills your needs, please inform us of accepting him/her for the internship.

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After a student is accepted, he/she is contacted to begin arrival preparations, eg. they receive a booklet with information about the country, Swiss society and useful details about administration and living & working in Switzerland.You, as the employer, only need to inform the student about internal issues. Please set a date to receive the intern and prepare with him/her in advance the first day at work. We kindly ask you to introduce the intern to the work and to the team the intern will work with.

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It is highly appreciated to have regular communication between our office and yourselves, especially if help is needed. After the internship you we will ask you to complete a short feedback form to share your experience with us as we are always trying to improve our performance and reach the highest standards.

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