InterExchange Career Training USA is open to qualified applicants from countries outside of the USA. You must first find your own internship or training position at an eligible U.S. company. Our program will provide you the opportunity to gain international experience in the U.S., which will help advance your career in your home country.
Internships are open to
- Students currently enrolled full-time in a degree or non-vocational, professional certificate program in a college, university, or other post-secondary academic institution of higher education outside the U.S.
- Individuals who have graduated from these institutions within 12 months of the internship start date, and submit an application more than eight weeks before this eligibility expires.
- Internships must be directly related to the intern's academic field of study.
- Interns must have finished at least one year of their degree program and have completed sufficient academic coursework in their academic field before their program start date in order to be sufficiently prepared for their U.S. internship.
- Internships may be 1-12 months in duration.
Training programs are open to
- Individuals who hold a degree or non-vocational, professional certificate from a college, university or other post-secondary academic institution of higher education outside the U.S. and at least one year of related professional experience from outside the U.S.
- Individuals with at least five years of related professional experience from outside the U.S.
- Training programs must be related to applicants' occupational fields.
- All trainee applicants must also be able to document their current and previous related occupational experience from current/former employers outside the U.S.
- Training programs may be 1-18 months in duration, with the exception of programs in hospitality and tourism, which are capped at 12 months.
All program participants must also
- Understand that the purpose of this program is not to serve as a work program but a cultural exchange opportunity for interns and trainees and the employees of the host companies.
- Complete an internship or training program with an eligible host employer.
- Complete and submit a full application, including full payment of program fees and all required supporting documents.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be interviewed in-person, over the phone or via web camera by InterExchange or an approved InterExchange cooperator.
- Have verifiable English language skills and possess comprehension of English terminology of their field.
- Be covered by sufficient accident & sickness insurance throughout their time in the USA. Insurance is included in the program fee and may not be declined.
- Be able to prove access to sufficient funds to support themselves during their time in the USA (including housing and living costs).
- Be involved in an internship or training program in a field that InterExchange is designated to sponsor, including the following: architecture, arts & culture, business, commerce & finance, engineering, hospitality & tourism, information media & communications, management, marketing & sales, public administration & law, the sciences and industrial occupations. InterExchange cannot sponsor training programs in medicine, teaching, social work or manual labor.
- Be applying for the J-1 Visa from outside the United States. Any candidate requiring a Change of Status to the J-1 will not be permitted to apply through InterExchange.
- Not have recently completed a degree and/or optional practical training within the USA
- Similarly, if candidates are currently in the U.S. or have recently spent significant time in the U.S. on a visa or tourist waiver, they may not be eligible to apply at this time. Candidates should contact InterExchange to discuss their specific circumstances before applying.
- Candidates applying for a trainee visa must spend at least 2 years outside the U.S. after completing a previous intern or trainee program before they will be eligible to begin another program.
- Show that, if completing additional J-1 Intern/Trainee USA programs, they are learning new or more advanced skills in their new program than those learned in the prior J-1 Intern/Trainee USA program. In most cases, InterExchange will not approve applicants wishing to return to the same host employer at which they completed a previous program. Candidates should contact us to discuss further if this applies.
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The primary goals of InterExchange Career Training USA programs are to enhance your skills and expertise in your academic or occupational field and to improve your knowledge of American business techniques, methodologies, and technology. Career Training USA programs cannot be used for ordinary employment or to displace American workers. Internship programs should allow you to develop practical skills in your academic field that will enhance your future career and bridge the gap between your education and practical work experience. Training programs must include bona-fide training and not simply be additional work experience.
The program will help increase your understanding of American culture, while also enhancing Americans' knowledge of your culture, customs and practices. Through this program, you will help to promote mutual understanding and develop relationships and extended networks that will last through generations as you move into leadership roles in your home country.