AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run international exchange program, will place students from four Arab countries in internships with Atlanta companies, according to Oussama Messaoud, president of the organization’s Tunisia chapter.

Mr. Messaoud is helping to coordinate an AIESEC exchange called the Salaam Program that allows U.S. companies to host Arab business and technical students from Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates for internships of eight weeks to 12 months.

The program was created last year by a grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to increase student exchanges in efforts to ease growing tensions between the United States and the Arab world.

“We are currently looking for companies to accept Arab interns this summer and beyond,” Mr. Messaoud said during a book release event hosted by GlobalAtlanta and AIESEC at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Wardlaw Center last week.

GlobalAtlanta and AIESEC’s chapter at Georgia Tech published the book of essays written by Atlanta businesspersons, Georgia government officials and students about international issues.

AIESEC places business and technical students from 700 universities in 84 countries in internships abroad.

For more information about the Salaam Program, contact Erin Gatlin in AIESEC’s Georgia Tech chapter at (678) 787-0490 or, or Missy Shields in AIESEC’s national office at (678) 852-7567 or

To download a copy of the GlobalAtlanta/AIESEC book, go to