To intern or train in the United States, you will need to be sponsored for a J-1 Intern/Trainee Visa. If you are approved for a J-1 Intern/Trainee Visa sponsorship through InterExchange, you will then need to obtain a J-1 Visa from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country in order to enter the United States.
Review the steps below to be one step closer to interning or training in the U.S.!
Step 1: Find an Internship
- Attain your ideal position using our resources for finding a U.S. internship. *Please note that InterExchange does not provide placement services.
Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility
- Review the participant requirements and host employer requirements.
- Review the program costs and fees.
- Take our Eligibility Quiz to ensure you and your employer are eligible to apply.
Step 3: Start Your Application
- Create your account and start your online application.
- Review application instructions
- Review the required documents.
- Review the application processing timeline.
Step 4: Complete Your Application and Upload Required Supporting Documents
- Use our applicant checklist to ensure you submit a complete application.
- Complete all fillable sections of the application.
- Click on the Invite Host Employer button to invite your host employer.
- Important: Invite your supervisor early on to allow your him/her plenty of time to apply.
- Upload all of the required supporting documents.
- Check the Host Employer Application section of your dashboard; it will say “Submitted” once your employer’s application is complete.
- Submit the full program fees within your online application.
- If your host employer is paying the program fees on your behalf, they can make the payment here.
- Full payment must be submitted in order to submit your application for review.
IMPORTANT: Your application and your host employer’s application (including the signed Training Plan and submission of program fees) must be completed before you can submit your application for review.
Step 5: Submit Your Application into "Initial Review"
- Click “Submit Application” to send your application to InterExchange for “Initial Review."
- Incomplete applications will moved back into "Participant Review" for the required additions/revisions.
- You and/or your employer must complete the required updates to your application.
- Submit your application back into "Initial Review" once all updates have been made (this must be done in order for your reviewer to see your changes).
Note: You may need to repeat this process until your application is complete and ready to be reviewed. Initial Review is NOT a detailed review. It is to collect the documents/information needed to conduct a full review.
Step 6: Your Application is Moved to "In Queue"
- Once your application is complete, it will be placed “In Queue” for formal review.
- The review process will take 10 days from the day that your application has been marked complete and moved into the queue.
Step 7: Formal Application Review
- After approximately 6-8 days, a Career Training team member will change your status to "Under Review."
- The formal review will take 1-2 business days to complete.
- For 3-day review, expedited service is available for an additional fee.
Step 8: Schedule Your Interview
- Once the formal review has been completed, your application status will be changed to "Pending Interview."
- The reviewer will then contact you via email to schedule an video interview online (Interviews can often be done within one to five days, depending on your scheduling flexibility).
Step 9: Final Decision
- If your interview is successful, but your host employer requires a site visit, your status will be changed to "Pending Site Visit."
- We will contact your employer to conduct a site visit.
- The site visit can occur within approximately 1-2 weeks, but may take longer if your employer cannot meet with us sooner.
- After the interview and site visit (if applicable), you will receive our final decision via email within 1-2 business days.
Note: The best way to check the status of your application is by logging into your online application. Once your application goes into formal review, the reviewer will contact you with any questions or to schedule your interview.
Step 10: Schedule Your Visa Appointment at the Embassy/Consulate
- Complete your DS-160 form and schedule your visa appointment at the embassy or consulate on the embassy website.
- If approved, you will receive a confirmation email with important pre-departure information and your SEVIS ID number.
- Use your SEVIS ID number from your confirmation email to complete your DS-160 application.
- Be sure to check for visa appointment and processing wait times.
- We will ship your acceptance packet via UPS. Please review all additional program information and documents, including your DS-2019 and DS-7002 (Training Plan) Forms. You must bring all forms with you when you apply for a visa.
- You do not need to wait for your acceptance packet to arrive via post in order to schedule your embassy interview and complete the DS-160 application.
Note: The Department of State requires all Visa Applicants to submit their social media information (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) on their DS-160 Applications. A response to the questions related to social media is required. However, the form does allow the applicant to respond with "None." Applicants should complete the application fully and honestly as failure to provide accurate and truthful responses on a visa application or during a visa interview may result in denial of the visa by a consular officer.
Please review the Once You've Been Approved: Next Steps page for links and more information.
Step 11: Attend Your Visa Interview & Prepare for Departure!
- Collect all documents, including your DS-2019 and DS-7002 (Training Plan) Forms, required by the embassy or consulate where you will apply.
- Review our article for tips regarding your embassy visit. You'll also find more information on the Department of State website.
- Attend your visa interview and receive your visa.
- Complete the mandatory InterExchange Career Training USA online orientation.
- Review your participant handbook, insurance information, and other pre-departure materials provided in the acceptance packet.
- Finalize your travel arrangements.
- Depart for the USA!