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Bringing diverse cultures together adds dynamic energy to any workplace. The international element contributes a fresh perspective to daily office activities, sparking new ideas and ways of doing business.

With CIEE’s Internship USA and Professional Career Training USA programs, everyone benefits. Interns and trainees gain firsthand knowledge of American business culture and practices, an important advantage in today’s globally competitive economy, while host organizations get practical insights and international understanding that will give your company an edge when doing business in foreign markets.

As a pioneer and leader in international cultural exchange, CIEE makes it easy to offer training and internship opportunities to bright, committed international interns and professionals through the U.S. Department of State’s J-1 Visa program.

You get the benefits of our decades of experience, extensive global network of international representatives, and highly trained, 24/7 support staff that can handle all aspects of the program transparently and quickly – from application and training plan approval to orientation and the ongoing support of program participants.

We know how to help without getting in the way, and we will:

  • Work closely with you to suggest training strategies and help you meet J-1 regulatory requirements; we can guide you through the specifics of J-1 program administration and are always available for questions or consultation
  • Take full responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of your interns or trainees
  • Provide insurance coverage to your interns or trainees, giving you the assurance that their health and well-being are attended to
  • Help your interns or trainees have rewarding and fulfilling experiences in the United States, through cultural exchange and social networking opportunities
  • Stay in touch with your interns or trainees throughout the program, to ensure regulatory compliance and meaningful cultural exchange
  • Be available to serve as a mediator to address any workplace issues that might arise

How the Program Works

Below is a basic guide to the process of hosting a CIEE-sponsored J-1 international intern or trainee. This guide starts at the point when a host organization and applicant have agreed on the internship or training and are ready to apply for the J-1 Visa program. Please note that certain situations may not follow this exact scenario. If you are in direct contact with your applicant’s CIEE international representative, he or she may give you specific instructions that differ from those below.

CIEE advises applicants to allow at least four to six weeks for the application process from the time they accept an internship or training position. Sometimes, the process can be expedited at an additional cost. For more information, contact your applicant’s CIEE international representative directly.

Step 1

Applicant Contacts CIEE International Representative
The applicant contacts a CIEE international representative for application materials and login information to begin the creation of the online Training Plan.

Step 2

Agree on Training Plan
The host organization and applicant agree on the content of the Training Plan. Both parties electronically sign the Training Plan.

Step 3

Application and Training Plan Submitted
The applicant submits complete program application, including the online Training Plan, to his or her international representative. The applicant or his or her international representative may contact you at this stage if he or she needs additional information.

Step 4

Application Reviewed at CIEE Headquarters
The international representative sends the complete application to CIEE headquarters for review. CIEE may contact you at this stage to confirm the details of the training.

Step 5

CIEE Approves Application


CIEE Denies Application
While CIEE always looks to approve applications, we will objectively review the application to ensure it meets the J-1 Intern/Trainee Program regulations.

Step 6

Applicant Receives DS-2019 and Applies for J-1 Visa Interview
The applicant receives Form DS-2019 from his or her international representative and schedules an interview for the J-1 Visa with his or her local U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

Step 7

Applicant Receives J-1 Visa
The applicant receives his or her J-1 Visa and is ready to begin his or her training in the United States!


Applicant’s Visa is Denied
Due to the rigorous application process, careful vetting of Training Plans, and thorough preparation of our applicants, most applicants will be granted visas. However, it is the solely the U.S. Embassy/Consulate’s decision to approve or deny an applicant’s visa application.

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