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Career Training USA
Intern & Trainee
Career Training USA

Program Purpose

Thank you for your decision to host an international intern or trainee through the InterExchange Career Training USA program! InterExchange brings more than 50 years of experience, as well as knowledge and enthusiasm, to the world of international cultural exchange, and we look forward to working with you throughout the program.

As a host employer, you play a very important role in ensuring that the goals and objectives of the J-1 Intern/Trainee exchange visitor program are met.

Remember to keep us updated about any changes to your email address or phone number so you can be sure to receive important program-related updates. 

Welcome to the Career Training USA program. We wish you a very successful program!

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

Per the program regulations, the primary objectives of the Intern and Trainee programs 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 is that participants will return to their home countries upon completing their programs and share their experiences with their countrymen.

The Intern/Trainee J-1 Visa (together with the DS-2019 Form) allows the participant to:

  • Intern/Train in the U.S. during the dates listed on the DS-2019 Form
  • Apply for a Social Security number

This visa does not allow the participant to:

  • Perform unskilled labor or provide medical patient or child care
  • Extend his or her work eligibility or program participation past 12 months for interns or hospitality trainees and past 18 months for all other trainees
  • Intern/train for more than one host employer at the same time
  • Intern/train for fewer than 32 hours a week or perform more than 20 percent clerical work

Sign up to gain international talent

Complete your application and create your participant’s DS-7002 Training Plan.