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Welcome to InterExchange and Career Training USA

About InterExchange

InterExchange is a nonprofit 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 your participants who would like to visit and experience the U.S.

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.

To learn more about the other programs InterExchange offers, please visit interexchange.org.

Objectives of the J-1 Intern/Trainee Exchange Visitor Program

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.

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.

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.

An important aspect of delivering J-1 internship and training 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 Intern and Trainee 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 visit the International Cooperator Resource Center.

InterExchange Career Training USA offers two unique programs: the Intern program and the Trainee program. The federal rules and regulations for these programs are included in the Appendix.