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Define your goals

Before you begin your search, you should think carefully about what you want to accomplish through your training. Although it’s important not to limit your options too much, being clear about your goals will help to narrow the search.

As your first step, list your goals in order of priority. Keep them in mind as you start to explore opportunities. Not only will this help you to find the right opportunity, having clearly defined objectives will also impress potential host organizations during the application process

Questions to consider

  • Are there specific skills you want to work on, or professional knowledge you want to acquire?
  • Are there specific companies that you would like to train at?
  • What kind of organization do you want to train with? Nonprofit or for-profit, big corporation or small company, small office or large office? Is the type of organization more important or less important than the training you will receive?
  • How long will you be able to train?
  • Are you looking to train in a particular city or location?

Before you start applying


What skills do you want to develop or improve? Does your passion point you to a nonprofit organization, big business, or dynamic start-up company? Exchange training in your chosen field is a great opportunity to take another step down your planned career path. Select the position – and the company – based on what most interests you professionally and aligns with your long-term goals.


Remember, CIEE Professional Career Training USA is about much more than the professional experience. Your time in the United States is a rare chance to visit places you’ve always wanted to see. Where would you like to live during your time in the United States? The high-energy atmosphere of New York City? The more laid-back coast of California? The Midwest heartland of America? Be sure to consider the location as well as the position.


After you’ve given it some thought, make a list of companies to contact. This will be your “A” list.

Uncovering training opportunities

You might be surprised at how many ways there are to find a U.S.-based trainee position:

Talk to your current employer
Chances are, your employer will be as enthusiastic about the idea as you are, and may already have contacts, or even reciprocal training agreements, with companies in the United States.

Ask friends, family, and mentors
Many successful careers have been launched with a simple conversation. Someone you know may know of an opening or may have connections with companies in the United States who would be happy to help. This kind of personal networking is an important professional skill that’s well worth developing, because it can lead to more opportunities in the future.

Use university and community resources
Your university or community may have a career center that lists training programs and provides career counseling. Your former professors also may have connections with potential host organizations.

Tap the resources of business or trade organizations
Just about every profession has one or more organizations serving the professional or educational needs of that particular group. These organizations often offer job-finding resources, which may also include international trainee opportunities.

Visit CIEE’s Available Internships Blog
Host organizations share available training opportunities with us from time to time. We immediately post these opportunities online at and on Facebook.

Go directly to companies that interest you.
A visit to the websites of companies that interest you might uncover opportunities that are not listed elsewhere. If no openings are listed, don’t be discouraged! Find out the names of the human resources manager and/or the hiring manager, and contact them to ask whether opportunities exist.

You can also learn more about the organization by following it on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Work with your CIEE international representative.
While CIEE international representatives can’t actually arrange a training program for you, they can offer resources and knowledge not available anywhere else. It’s also a good idea to ask your CIEE international representative to review any opportunity you find, as some positions are not eligible for the program. Feel free to email your CIEE international representative with questions.

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