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Program Overview&Eligibility&Benefits

If you are an internationally-minded individual eager to advance your academic knowledge or professional skills, our programs may be a good choice for you. Exchange International Internship/ Career Training Program is a practical and wise investment in your professional future. These programs give you a chance to enhance your resume, gain business contacts and acquire valuable references; these are priceless advantages for a college student or a recent graduate who wants to get ahead in his/her field of endeavor.

As a part of the J-1 visa category of the U.S. State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program, these programs offer international students, recent graduates and young professionals from around the world the unique opportunity to gain valuable practical training or internship experience, hosted by a participating U.S. business. As a participant in this program, you will learn useful American methodologies and professional techniques, and help your host company understand your culture and business practices in your country.


A trainee must be a foreign national who has:

* A degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution from outside the United States and at least one year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field outside the United States


* Five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which they are seeking training

The maximum duration for the trainee category is 18 months except for the following restrictions:

* Agriculture programs are limited to a maximum duration of 12 months

* Hospitality training programs are limited to a maximum duration of 12 months


An Intern must be a foreign national who:

* is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States


* has graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor program start date

The maximum duration of an internship in any occupational field is 12 months.

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