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“I meet with corporate professionals every so often for coffee, for meetings, at networking events, or even just hanging around cool places like
Communitech. I talk to them with the purpose of getting them interested in AIESEC, specifically to get them to take on an international intern. I mean we have some great interns working in the Region for Google and Maplesoft, and a couple more in process too. But one comment I have gotten from most of the people I meet with is: “You’re volunteering to do this? And you’re a student? This is like a full-time job.” And it truly is.
AIESEC is commonly mistaken to be just like any other “club” at Laurier. Officially speaking, AIESEC Laurier is a club, but it is, in fact, a division of the world’s largest student-run non-profit organization. And we run exactly like one. We have student volunteers (“AIESECers”); not members. We create experiences on local, national, and international levels. We work with our counterparts in 124 different countries to drive international internship experiences. We do this because we want to achieve the peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential – we do not want a World War III.”
-Gunjan Marwah, Vice President of External Marketing & Communications at AIESEC Laurier
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The above excerpt is from Gunjan Marwah’s most recent blog post, as she is preparing to go on her 3-month teaching internship in Arequipa, Peru. You can follow her blog and stay tuned to her journey at www.GunjanInPeru.wordpress.com
As our students are almost a month into summer, they are up to many different things. They’re taking classes, working a summer job, starting up their own businesses – and going on exchange. One of the things we always suggest our exchange participants do while abroad is keep a blog. That way, they can share their experiences with their peers and inspire others do take on a similar experience. We will be sharing some of our exchange participant stories throughout the summer, so be sure to follow our blog to get updates.
We are still offering 6-week or longer exchange opportunities for the summer so contact us or sign up at www.AIESEC.ca to get involved now!