Host Organization Requirements

While many organizations of all types and sizes have embraced the diversity, team building, and cross-cultural understanding that come with hosting international interns, trainees, and professional, not every organization qualifies to host.
 
There are a number of factors that go into deciding whether a potential host organization is eligible to host through CIEE Professional Exchange Programs. Some factors are stipulated by the U.S. Department of State, while others are standards CIEE has put in place as part of our efforts to maintain the quality of our programs.
 
Prospective host organizations must meet some basic requirements:

TO HOST INTERNS AND/OR TRAINEES

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To host interns and/or trainees, prospective host organizations must:

  • Prepare and adhere to a CIEE-approved training plan
  • Provide a suitable workspace and position-specific equipment
  • Offer ongoing supervision and evaluation of the intern or trainee
  • Have a workers’ compensation policy (or equivalent) that covers the intern or trainee
  • Hold an Employer Identification Number or Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Provide interns or trainees with access to opportunities for cultural exchange
  • Provide at least 32 hours per week of training

TO HOST SCHOLARS, PROFESSORS, AND/OR SPECIALISTS

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To host research scholars, short-term scholars, professors, or specialists, prospective host organizations must:

  • Complete a host organization application and provide an invitation letter
  • Provide a suitable workspace and position-specific equipment
  • Offer ongoing supervision and evaluation
  • Hold an Employer Identification Number or Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Provide your international professional with access to opportunities for cultural exchange
     

 

Businesses like fast-food franchises, single-location retailers, economy motels, spas, gyms, and home offices generally are prohibited from hosting. In addition, there are specific guidelines for research positions, medical/clinical organizations, agricultural operations, hospitality positions, and any position that involves unskilled labor.