Career Track: Winter 2016
Happy Winter! Career Training USA has many exciting new developments, and we want to keep you informed through our quarterly newsletter.
InterExchange Participants Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
As summer turned into fall, our participants enjoyed a crisp morning at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the most beautiful sites in New York City. Afterwards, they headed to Tom’s Restaurant for an indulgent brunch, making for a perfect New York City day. Read more about their experience.
InterExchange Partners with ESN, the Erasmus Student Network!
InterExchange Career Training USA is proud to announce our new partnership with ESN, the Erasmus Student Network. As more Erasmus alumni venture beyond the shores of Europe, we look forward to helping them participate in the J-1 intern program in the U.S.!
Applications for Visa Sponsorship for 2017 Career Training Programs
Are you ready to make your resume stand out? We are currently accepting applications for J-1 Visa sponsorship for Winter and Spring 2017 programs.
Ready to get started? Apply now!
Still looking for an internship? Check out our tips for Finding an Internship in the U.S.
For more on interning in the U.S., read our Student Guide!
Apply With A Friend
Apply with a friend and save $150! We’re offering a special discount for applicants who apply directly to InterExchange with a friend. You can each get $150 off your program fees! Read the full details.
Faster Processing Times
We’ve cut our regular processing time down from two weeks to just ten days! We also offer expedited processing for both interns and trainees. See our Costs & Fees page for more details.
Language Partner Program
Career Training USA is excited about our language exchange program, which is free for our participants! We are pairing Career Training USA interns and trainees with Americans who recently completed an InterExchange Working Abroad program. Our American alumni speak or are learning other languages, so as they practice the native languages of Career Training participants, our interns and trainees will have an opportunity to practice their English skills as well. This is a great way to improve your language skills, teach your native language to an American, and make friends with Americans who are interested in cultural exchange. Our language partner program was a finalist for a GoAbroad Innovation Award!
Check out this blog post by one of our interns who participated in our language partner program!
Chat with InterExchange Staff
We know many people have questions about how to find an internship, how to apply for a J-1 Visa, and what it is like to participate in a J-1 intern or trainee program. You can chat with us via our website anytime Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST. Just go to our website and click on the chat icon that will appear at the bottom right hand of your screen during business hours.
Winter Webinar Series
If you’d like a thorough overview of the InterExchange Career Training USA program, please attend our webinars! We’ll walk you through each step of applying for the J-1 Visa. We’ll include signup information in future emails, so keep an eye on your inbox!
Hear From Our Participants
Our programs focus on both cultural exchange and career development, and great host employers are key to having an amazing experience in the U.S.
Our participants are often eager to share how their employers and colleagues helped them during their programs:
“I had a very wonderful experience. My employer and colleagues always made sure I was involved in interesting learning experiences. They made me feel very welcomed and treated me professionally, but also as a friend. They took me along to commercial shoots, focus groups, taught me about a variety of toys, research methods, and helped me to become more confident. On weekends my colleagues helped me achieve my cultural goals by inviting me to several events with them.” Adrianne C. from Canada 2016
“To be honest, I did not come here with much expectation. But after spending almost six months here, I think this was one of the best decisions of my life. I have learned a lot, gaining a lot of real-life experience. I have grown as a person, and feel I am more comfortable in society. Not only have I grown as a person, but my skills have grown too. I am more confident about my work and feel comfortable working with other peoples.” Yunhee J. from South Korea 2016
“I was fully immersed in office life, working with other architects. I was able to partake in all aspects of the profession from working with clients, sub contractors and engineers. I was involved in project from conception to the beginning of construction.” Zoe L. from U.K. 2016
“My supervisor and every other colleague working at the Council were extremely helpful. My questions were always answered immediately and they helped me understand cultural traditions here in the U.S. They also invited me to attend sports games with them and interact with other people and make friends in Dallas. They were extremely nice throughout the duration of my internship and always supportive. They have helped me understand the culture of the U.S. and I am especially grateful to my supervisor since I have learned so much from her. I have gained a great set of new qualifications and developed prior existing skills that I believe will tremendously help me in the future.” Nadia S. from Tunisia 2016
Interning for Peace: Florence Brunert
My name is Florence and I am currently interning at Religions for Peace (RfP), a non-governmental organization (NGO) partnered with the United Nations in New York City. I’m from London and I study history at the University of Leeds. As I love travelling and experiencing new cultures, I decided to take a year out of university and intern abroad – New York was where I wanted to be! After applications, interviews, and a lengthy visa process (that InterExchange helped me greatly with), I booked my flight and prepared for my American journey.
Before I arrived, I researched extensively into the work of my new employer and what I could bring to the organization. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest multi-religious coalition which works to promote peace through stopping war, combating world hunger and protecting the earth. My six-month internship at RfP is within their communications department and…
How To Create Your Own Internship
Just because a company has not posted an internship position on its website does not mean that it does not offer internships! In fact, most do, or would be willing to, with the right proposal from a prospective intern. Don’t be afraid to contact employers with a cover letter and resume and express your interest in an internship with their companies.
Read some of our best blog posts from the past few months for more participant spotlights, American culture, and practical advice for your internship in the U.S.!
- Brush up on your English with these great resources.
- Check out Ryan’s blog about his internship with The Public Theater in New York.
- Read about our alum Alba and her exciting new project!
- Celebrate J-1 participants making a difference.
- Get a head start on your Career Training USA application with our application checklist.
- Review our Guide to Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search.
Career Training USA Community – Get Connected!
Even though you may not be in the U.S. yet, you can still connect with other international interns and trainees from around the world by participating in the Career Training USA online community!
About InterExchange Career Training USA
InterExchange is a non-profit organization with more than 40 years of experience promoting cultural awareness through a wide range of affordable and exciting work and travel, professional training, internship, au pair, camp, language learning, and volunteer programs within the U.S. and abroad. InterExchange is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor the J-1 Visa for people from around the world who would like to engage in cultural exchange by visiting the U.S. for a defined period of time. Our Career Training USA program helps international students and young professionals enjoy internships and training programs across the USA.
We help international visitors to best take advantage of the cultural opportunities offered by their local host communities in the U.S. Similarly, we encourage U.S. host employers to promote cultural learning by introducing international visitors to uniquely American values, customs, history and activities while simultaneously learning about the countries and cultures of visiting participants. Strengthening these relationships makes achieving the goals of mutual cultural exchange possible and allows us to build a global community - one person at a time.
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