Phase 1: Recruitment & Screening of Applicants
On behalf of InterExchange, each International Cooperator recruits prospective candidates within its home country or from any other country in which it is licensed to operate and for which a written agreement has been arranged with InterExchange. You may use any number of recruitment strategies, including one or several of the following options:
- Online or paper-based advertisements
- Information sessions and presentations
- Exhibits at fairs and conferences
- Visits to colleges and universities
- Former participant referrals
All recruitment materials and advertising must portray the program accurately. Misrepresentation of the program in recruitment materials may result in the termination of partnership by InterExchange.
Once candidates express interest in the program, you will be the liaison between InterExchange and these candidates, who will work with you directly to ask questions about the program, confirm their eligibility, and inquire about fees.
Once potential applicants are identified, you should screen them before inviting them to complete the online application. Interviews may be conducted in person or via phone or webcam. The results of the interview must be documented on the InterExchange Interview Report Form, which you will need to print and upload to the online application. Only third party organizations with whom InterExchange has a written agreement may conduct interviews on our behalf. All other applicants referred by lawyers and universities will be interviewed by InterExchange representatives after the applications are submitted.
You are encouraged to develop your own screening processes, but the following criteria should be assessed for each candidate:
- Program eligibility
- Program eligibility time frame (e.g. If the participant qualifies as an intern presently, will this still be the case when they begin the internship? Graduates wishing to apply as interns must begin their programs in the U.S. within 12 months of graduation, so be sure these types of applications are submitted at least two months in advance.)
- Previous J-1 Visa or other U.S. experience
- English language ability
- Maturity and responsibility
- Reasons for participation and future career goals
- Understanding of the program objective and mission
- Desire to return to home country at end of program
If you believe a potential applicant is suitable for Career Training USA, the next step is to invite him or her to complete the online application.