InterExchange Trainee USA is open to young professionals from countries outside of the USA. Our participants must have found their own positions at an approved U.S. company. Our program provides trainees opportunities to gain international experience in the U.S. during a pre-defined period of time, which will help advance their careers in their home countries.
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Training programs are open to:
- Individuals who hold a degree or professional certificate from a college, university or other post-secondary academic institution 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 via letters of reference from current/former employers outside the U.S.
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 Trainees and the employees of the host companies.
- Complete a 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 involved in a training program related to their professional experience.
- 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 a 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.
- Show that, if completing additional J-1 Intern/Trainee programs, they are learning new or more advanced skills in their new program than those learned in the prior J-1 Intern/Trainee 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 objectives of InterExchange Career Training USA programs are to enhance the skills and expertise of exchange visitors in their academic or occupational fields through structured and guided programs that improve participants' knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and technology. Participation in our Career Training USA programs must not be used as a substitute for ordinary employment or work purposes nor may it be used to displace American workers. Trainee programs include bona-fide training and are not simply additional work experience.
The program increases international participants' understanding of American culture, while also enhancing Americans' knowledge of foreign cultures, customs and practices. Through this program, the U.S. Government builds partnerships, promotes mutual understanding, and develops relationships and extended networks that will last through generations as participants move into leadership roles in a broad range of occupational fields in their home countries.