You may be considering an internship placement service to find a position in the USA, but there are many reasons why finding an internship on your own is a better choice for international students and young professionals. Take the initiative to find an internship or training program on your own. American employers appreciate individuals who show their willingness to pursue their own positions.
The more energy you put into searching for a position, the more likely it is you will find a program that suits you. Among other benefits, securing an internship demonstrates the independence, communications skills and assertiveness that U.S. host employers are looking for.
Once you’ve found an internship, we encourage you to start your application for Intern USA or Trainee USA. Read about the Benefits of Becoming an International Intern in the U.S.
Also, before you begin your internship search, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the J-1 Visa.
Resumes and Supporting Documents
Make sure your resume and supporting documents that U.S. employers typically require from applicants are in order. Your resume should summarize your educational background, your relevant work experience, and the type of internship for which you are looking.
- Creating U.S.-Style CV/Resumes Tips
- CV/Resume Guide: Use this guide to learn how to write an American-style resume.
- CV/Resume Template: Enter your information into this Word template to begin creating your resume.
- Sample CV/Resume: This is an example of a completed, formatted resume.
Searching for an Internship
Our program requires that you find an internship before you apply. So as soon as you have your resume in order, contact employers in the USA who might have opportunities that suit you. Positions in the USA are very competitive, so you should start searching as soon as possible.
- Tips and Resources for Looking for an Internship in the U.S.
- 7 Steps to Landing an Internship in the U.S.
How to Create Your Own Internship
Having trouble finding exactly what you want? Create your ideal internship or training program yourself! Many businesses may not post internship openings online but would be open to the idea if the right person and proposal came along.
- Read more about How to Create Your Own Internship.
Applying and Interviewing With American Employers
When you find an opportunity that interests you, you should apply directly to the employer. If the company is interested in hiring you as an intern or trainee, they will contact you to conduct an interview, usually over the phone, but sometimes via webcam.
Accepting an Internship Offer
Applying for an internship program can be a long and difficult process, so when you receive an internship offer, it can be very exciting! In your excitement, you may be tempted to accept your offer immediately. However, it’s extremely important that you understand the terms of your offer before you accept the position so that there are no surprises once you arrive in the U.S.
- Read our tips on Considering an Offer.
J-1 Visa Sponsorship
After you receive an offer, InterExchange can sponsor your J-1 Visa. You and your employer will both need to complete J-1 Visa application materials and submit them to InterExchange. The process takes approximately 1 - 2 months from the time you submit your application until you arrive in the USA and begin working. Collecting your application materials will take some additional time, so to speed up the process, complete our J-1 Visa Sponsorship application before you start looking for a position. Then, once you have an internship, all you have to do is send us your complete application.
If your application is approved, you will need to schedule and attend a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.