How-to Guide for International Conferences!

My first conference in Malaysia, 2009.

Going on an AIESEC internship is not the only way to gain international experience and expand your network. You can also go to the conferences outside Canada! Did you know there are over 470 AIESEC conferences held every year all around the world?

I started my AIESEC experience with facilitating a youth conference in Malaysia during my internship in 2009. It was very inspiring to meet and work with AIESECers from different countries. Also this conference made me see and experience the international aspect of AIESEC as the “world’s largest student-run organization”. This year I also went to another international conference in Korea and experienced the same thing all over again!

So you might ask, how can I attend these conferences? Read on to find out!

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AIESEC SFU and UBC Working Together

Local Committee Presidents from SFU, UBC and UVIC

Local Committee Presidents from SFU, UBC and UVIC

The rivalry between SFU and UBC has become a custom for many business students but AIESEC puts aside these differences for their annual AlumNight event. Every year, AIESEC SFU and UBC take turns hosting the event while combing their resources.

AlumNight is an important event for AIESEC because it helps us expand and build our AIESEC Alumni relationships. Our Alumni are our central source for business advice, event speakers and support. This event gives us the chance to recognize Alumni members with outstanding contributions to the AIESEC community, as well as give updates on the Local Committees (LC) of SFU, UBC, Kwantlen and UVIC. It’s a great chance for members of the different LCs to meet and mingle while getting inspired from AIESEC Alumni stories. Individually, the LCs would not be ableto host such a successful AlumNight because AIESEC Alumni are a limited resource.

This year, UBC hosted AlumNight but I had the opportunity to be on the Organizing Committee (OC) as the Vice-President of Communications. I’m proud to announce that our OC was all female, with three UBC students and two from SFU. With an inside perspective, I thought I’d share my insight on hosting a joint event with our student club counter-part at UBC.

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AIESEC is appearing on a Taiwanese TV show called “University Student Yet?”

The show is about a group of university students discussing  their university life. One of the topic they discussed before  was where can you find cheap and delicious food around universities in Taiwan.

In this episode, they discuss about different clubs in universities.

At the beginning of the show, the students guessed about what club Bill Clinton has joined before. One of them guessed “President Development Club”.

The name of the student that was presenting AIESEC is Zhen Yu.

When Zhen Yu announced “AIESEC,” the host thought it was “I sick.”

Zhen Yu introduced AIESEC as the biggest student-run organization in the world that operates in 110 countries. The goal of AIESEC is to develop student’s skills before they entering into the work force and therefore have positive impact on society. Also, he includes the International feature of AIESEC club by introducing the National Conference that was held in Taiwan.

Zhen Yu shared his personal experience of going to Africa to volunteer for two and a half month through AIESEC. He went there to promote the prevention of AIDS.

Zhen Yu then introduces an interesting fact about the International “cheer” that all AIESEC students do, which is if someone says “Hey AIESEC” and you have to reply “What’s Up”

He said that if you said “Hey AIESEC” on the airplane, there might be people from AIESEC replying you “What’s Up”

Click the link below to watch the actual TV show:

Get Involved! Stay Connected!

Are you unsure about your future and your career path? Don’t Worry! Most of us are at the stage where we are still deciding which directions we would like to head towards in our career life. We are still students and we still have time!

What’s next?

This does not mean that we should procrastinate and hope that our dream job will occur in front of your eyes. This means that it is time to get out there and explore different opportunities that lies ahead of you. Since we are students, we still have time to figure out what we want to do in our lives and what we truly enjoy doing. Therefore, students can start getting involved with school clubs or volunteering off-campus to figure out what they enjoy doing. Students should take initiatives by stepping outside the box and allowing themselves to explore and experience different opportunities. As a senior student at SFU, I believe that getting involved with school clubs is extremely beneficial as it has allow myself to figure out my interest. By volunteering and staying involved with school clubs I have . .

  1. Gained experience and skills in various fields including: leadership, time management, team work, relationship building, and the list goes on….
  2. Made good relations with new friends, faculty members and staff around the SFU community
  3. Enhanced my resume
  4. Figured out my interest and strengths
  5. Each student club,organization, or union allows students to elaborate their skills and find their interest. Within a student club, it is compiled of students that are all learning, enjoying, growing, and sharing ideas together! Don’t be afraid! Get involved and stay connected now!  AIESEC SFU is a great way to start!

I’m sure everyone has different experiences with school clubs, what is your experience?


Imagine each one of us as a dot and when we connect all the dots together, we create a perfect picture!

Exchange: Getting Your Foot Wet

Interested in going on an exchange but have no idea where to start? This was something I’ve been thinking for awhile now and while I’m not yet ready to actually go off to a foreign country by myself, I realized that I can take some small steps to get closer to making it a reality rather than just thinking about it. One way to get exposed to a variety of cultures without leaving the country is to get involved with the SFU International Mentorship Program.

By becoming a mentor, you get paired up with 3 to 4 international students for a semester. It’s a great way to find out more about another country by hearing firsthand accounts from your mentees and getting the real scoop! Don’t forget about the social events such as biking at Stanley Park or the evening potlucks for some ethnic home cooking! Yum! For more information click here.

AIESEC SFU Members Attend Their First IABC/BC Event

Last Thursday,  Christina, Janey and I went to our first IABC/BC event! In “The Perfect Press Release”, we heard from Theresa Beer, City of Vancouver Media Specialist, and learned the basics of writing a compelling media release. Theresa has an extensive background in political science, journalism, and communication, and so she was able to give us some great perspectives not only on writing a press release but also on media relations.

The interactive how-to workshop also challenged us to write a headline, subhead, and lead text. Overall, it was a great event  – we appreciated the pizza and the convenient and pretty location. The three of us are already looking forward to other IABC/BC events! Check out our pics below (apologies for the blurry quality – they were taken with my phone).

IABC/BC is the BC chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. It is one of 105 chapters worldwide and is the third largest chapter in Canada.

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AIESEC Western Regional Conference: A Newbie’s Perspective

As a newbie, I had no really no idea what to expect from Western Regional Conference. I had only heard about AIESEC two weeks beforehand, and wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into. With 8 different Local Committees from Universities all over the West Coast present, I knew this was no ordinary club that I’d joined.

The three day conference ended up being quite the experience. Our days were filled with learning workshops, discussions and presentations. It was essentially a crash course in everything AIESEC. To be honest, it almost felt like immersing myself into a new culture. There were acronyms to learn, portfolios to make sense of, values to understand and adopt, and of course, there were the AIESEC dances! While I was confused and hesitant when everyone first broke out into song, they quickly became one of my favourite parts of the conference! That, as well as the cheers! All the sessions were really helpful though, and there was a lot of opportunity to discuss and share ideas. I also enjoyed when we broke up into our portfolios and I was able to learn a lot more about COMM, from several different perspectives.

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