InterExchange is a nonprofit organization with more than 40 years of experience dedicated to promoting cultural awareness through a wide range of affordable and exciting work & 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 visit and experience the U.S. We are the visa sponsor for the participants whom you recruit to visit the U.S.
As a proud J-1 Visa sponsor and cultural exchange organization, we encourage our participants and professional colleagues to learn about the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, also known as the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. This important act enables the government of the United States to:
Increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange;
Strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world;
Promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.
Career Training USA assists international students and young professionals with J-1 Visa sponsorship for internships and practical training programs in the U.S. Candidates may apply for the J-1 Intern or Trainee Visa if they have already secured an appropriate position in the U.S. International students and recent graduates may apply as Interns and pursue an internship for up to 12 months in a field related to their academic field of study. International working professionals may apply as Trainees and pursue training programs for up to 18 months in a field related to their occupational background. To be eligible, participants’ education and work experience must have been earned outside of the U.S.
Each participant in the InterExchange Career Training USA program must follow all regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of State and maintain contact with InterExchange throughout the program. In addition to enhancing their professional development during the program, we encourage participants to regularly take advantage of the cultural opportunities offered by their local host communities.
Objectives of the J-1 Intern/Trainee Exchange Visitor Program
Per program regulations, the primary objectives of the programs offered under these regulations are to enhance the skills and expertise of exchange visitors in their academic or occupational fields through participation in structured and guided work-based training and internship programs and to improve participants’ knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and technology. Such training and internship programs are also intended to increase participants’ understanding of American culture and society and to enhance Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associates. A key goal of the Fulbright-Hays Act, which authorizes these programs, is that participants will return to their home countries and share their experiences with their fellow citizens.
Au Pair USA is a 12-month program that gives young people, ages 18 to 26, the opportunity to experience the U.S. by living with an American host family and providing child care. In return for their services, au pairs receive room, board, a weekly stipend, accident and sickness insurance, airfare, and up to $500 to use toward college-level educational courses. This program can be extended for an additional six, nine, or 12 months after successfully completing the original 12-month program.
Camp USA program places international participants, ages 18 to 28, in U.S. summer camps in counselor or support staff positions. InterExchange also sponsors visas for returning staff or for participants who have found their own camp jobs. The Camp Counselor J-1 Visa is a four-month visa. The InterExchange Camp USA program runs between May 1 and October 15 during the program year.
Work & Travel USA offers international university students ages 18 to 28 the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. for up to four months during their breaks from university. Students work in hotels, inns, amusement parks, national parks, retail stores, and ski resorts, among other types of businesses. They receive a wage, assistance with housing, accident and sickness insurance, program support, and an optional month for travel to explore the United States. Work & Travel USA also offers a 12-month program for citizens of Australia and New Zealand.
The primary objective of the Work & Travel USA program is to provide participants with the opportunity to interact with Americans and experience U.S. culture. Participants’ safety and well-being is a top priority to ensure they have a rewarding experience in the U.S.
Working Abroad enables U.S. citizens, generally ages 18 to 30, to experience diverse work and volunteer experiences overseas. Opportunities include au pair, English language instruction, work, and volunteer abroad placements. We offer programs in Australia, Asia, South America and various European countries.
The InterExchange Foundation was established in 2007 to provide grants to motivated young Americans who want to contribute to worthy work or volunteer abroad opportunities. The Working Abroad Grant supports participants of select InterExchange Working Abroad programs, and the Christianson Grant supports individuals who have sought out and arranged their own work abroad programs. Many students study abroad every year, but far fewer take advantage of the opportunity to work, intern, or volunteer overseas. By providing financial assistance to talented candidates, we encourage young Americans to discover and contribute to the world and benefit from the unique and enriching insights one can only gain from living and working abroad.
This handbook includes valuable information about InterExchange Career Training USA, which provides J-1 Visa sponsorship to participants who are pursuing internships and practical training. InterExchange recognizes that in order for individuals to compete in a global market, they need to acquire experience living or working abroad.
An important aspect of delivering these opportunities is our collaboration with International Cooperators (ICs) like you, who represent InterExchange in various countries around the world. International Cooperators help to market our programs, recruit and pre-screen applicants, assist applicants in the application and pre-departure phases, and serve as an in-country contact and liaison between InterExchange and potential participants. InterExchange asks that you use this handbook to gain a greater understanding of the programs and their corresponding federal regulations so that you may provide accurate information to potential applicants and help to ensure a successful program.
For the most up-to-date requirements, policies, news and program updates, please log in to the online International Cooperator Resource Center.