AIESEC, the world's largest student organization with a presence in over 100 countries, argues that practical work experience is an essential complement to academics. The leadership development platform for youth that AIESEC runs, called the AIESEC Experience, offers practical opportunities to lead a team, project manage and work in an international environment -- elements that employers are seeking. Through the integrated experience that AIESEC provides, members not only develop their leadership skills but also cultural sensitivity, team management and entrepreneurial skills. One of the essential components of the AIESEC Experience is going on an international internship, allowing members the opportunity to live and work abroad in their field of study. Challenging the way individuals see the world is one of AIESEC's principles and allows youth to open their eyes to the world beyond what is merely presented to then in the media and to be more globally aware citizens. In doing so, AIESEC members and alumni are making a positive impact on society -- role modeling change agents for the future.
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