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Hurricane Irene Approaches U.S. East Coast

As Hurricane Irene makes its way to the east coast, CIEE wants to provide some useful information on what to do if your community is affected. We will continue to post updates to the CIEE website and provide email updates and news that will be helpful to you. You can also call CIEE at 1-888-268-6245 at any time if you have questions about the storm. Please see below for helpful safety tips in preparation for the storm’s arrival:


  • Stay informed. Watch local news for storm updates. If Hurricane Irene is a serious threat to your community, evacuation instructions will be provided on the local news networks. You may also view updates on Hurricane Irene on the National Weather Service website.
  • The American Red Cross may arrive in your community if the hurricane does happen. They are an excellent emergency response organization and we ask you to look at their website to learn their latest news on the storm: http://www.redcross.org/.
  • Local authorities or the Red Cross may organize storm shelters for your safety. These shelters are excellent places to go, even if you only have questions. If there is a shelter available and the hurricane will be in your area, CIEE strongly advises you to go there for your safety.
  • Please know the police and fire departments are friendly and they will help you in an emergency situation.
  • Prepare yourself. CIEE encourages you to read more about hurricanes on the National Weather Service and the Red Cross websites. They offer excellent ideas for how to safely prepare for a hurricane storm.
  • Ask your employer if Hurricane Irene will affect your town if you’re not sure. Your employer may have experienced these storms in the past and will be able to tell you what to expect and what to do.

In the event that you must move to a temporary shelter, and if you have access to email or a telephone, please let us know where you are and that you are safe. If necessary, we will notify your CIEE agent in your home country so that they can notify your parents. You can email us at contact@ciee.org or call us, toll-free, at 1-888-268-6245.

Am I Eligible?

This program consists of two categories—Internship USA and Professional Career Training USA. Qualified applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for at least one of these programs.

Finding out if you're eligible for this program can be complicated—but the CIEE Eligibility Test makes it simple.

First, answer these questions:

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Can you demonstrate that you have sufficient English skills to function in a U.S. internship?
  • Are you looking to train in a field related to your academic or professional background?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, take our Eligibility Test to find out which of these programs is the best fit for you.




Please note that this tool is designed to give a general idea of program eligibility rules. It is not designed to guarantee your eligibility. Only an authorized CIEE representative can verify your eligibility. Additionally, special rules exist if you have previously completed a J-1 Intern or Trainee program in the United States. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact a CIEE representative before proceeding.

Are you currently a full time student?

Yes No

OKIt sounds like you are eligible for Internship USA in an internship related to your field of study.

Contact a CIEE representative to get started!

Please note that your academic program must be at least one year in length in order to be eligible. Check with a CIEE representative if you are uncertain about whether your academic program is eligible.

Do you have a degree or certificate from an accredited academic institution?

Yes No

Do you have at least five years of professional experience in a field related to your proposed training?

Yes No

Did you graduate...

More than one year ago Less than one year ago

Based on your answers, it sounds like you are not eligible to participate in this program. However, you can contact a CIEE representative to be certain.

OKIt sounds like you are eligible for Professional Career Training USA in field related to your professional experience.

Contact a CIEE representative to get started!

Do you have at least one year of professional experience?

Yes No

Do you have at least one year of professional experience?

Yes No

OKIt sounds like you are eligible for Professional Career Training USA in a field related to your professional experience.

Contact a CIEE representative to get started!

Based on your answers, it sounds like you are not eligible to participate in this program. However, you can contact a CIEE representative to be certain.

OKIt sounds like you may be eligible for either Internship USA or Professional Career Training USA.
Contact a CIEE representative to discuss which program is better for you.

OKIt sounds like you are eligible for Professional Career Training USA in a field related to your professional experience.

Contact a CIEE representative to get started!

OKIt sounds like you are eligible for Internship USA in an internship related to your field of study.

Contact a CIEE representative to get started!

Please note that your academic program must be at least one year in length in order to be eligible. Check with a CIEE representative if you are uncertain about whether your academic program is eligible.

If, after taking the Eligibility Test, you still have questions about the requirements, please contact your CIEE Representative.

Enter the WYSE Work Abroad Video Contest and you could win US$2,000!

As a member of WYSE Work Abroad, CIEE encourages you to showcase your creative talents by joining WYSE Work Abroad’s “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest. Submit a 2-3 minute video about your work abroad, volunteer, work and travel, or internship experience, and you could win US $2,000!

Find out more about this exciting contest by visiting the contest microblog site: http://wyseworkabroad.tumblr.com

The 2011 contest is now closed. Check back in April 2012 for details of the 2012 contest!

Be sure to notify WYSE Work Abroad that you’ve entered the contest by emailing them your name and the title of your video. You must also indicate that you are a CIEE Work & Travel USA participant.

If you have questions, please visit the WYSE Work Abroad website or email them at mailbox@wyseworkabroad.org.