Industry-specific Guidelines

Certain industries are subject to additional rules. Click on your industry to see its requirements. If you need assistance deciding which industry category your host organization falls into, please call CIEE at 1-888-369-1620, or send us an email.

Agriculture

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Agriculture training tasks that CIEE can accept:

  • Intern/Trainee may learn about rotational grazing methods, irrigation management methods, sustainable farming practices, small organic farming methods, seed genetics and breeding, and small farm management practices
     

Agriculture training tasks that CIEE cannot accept:

  • mending fences
  • mowing
  • harrowing or harvesting large fields
  • operation of combines, tractors, or other farming equipment
  • transportation of equipment for long distances on trucks
     

Internships On Horse, Livestock, Pack Animal and Dairy Farms

Training tasks that CIEE can accept when limited to no more than 10% of a phase*:

  • Intern/Trainee may provide assistance with:
  • animal exercise
  • training
  • grooming
  • feeding
  • tacking up under constant supervision by a Host Organization employee
     

*The above tasks are only permitted when they are essential to understanding higher level skills and tasks later in the training and only when under constant supervision of a qualified Host Organization employee.  These types of observational tasks must be limited to no more than 10% of any individual phase.

Training tasks that CIEE cannot accept for any period of time*:

  • Animal husbandry, including prenatal care, birthing and breeding
  • Milking animals
  • Animal care or medical treatment treating of animals, including de-worming, vaccination or trimming hooves.
  • Activities requiring manual labor, such as mucking stalls, hauling water or bailing hay
     

* Intern/Trainees may observe an employee engaged in the above tasks if those tasks constitute less than 10% of any phase and only when this observation is essential to understanding higher level skills and tasks later in their training.

Construction

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Training tasks that CIEE can accept:

  • Project management
  • Scheduling projects
  • Budgeting
  • Drafting
  • Meeting with contractors
  • Blue print development/reading
  • Surveying
  • Safety/land regulations
  • Inspection procedures
  • Supply ordering and inventory
  • Client management
  • Communication on project progress
  • Invoicing
     

Training tasks that CIEE cannot accept for any period of time*:

  • Operation of heavy machinery
  • Participation in labor in a work crew including, but not limited to, the following activities:
    • Digging holes
    • Mixing concrete
    • Transportation of materials​
  • Crew management
  • Scaffolding and any labor that takes place high off the ground, including roof work and climbing ladders


*Intern/Trainees may observe an employee engaged in the above tasks if those tasks constitute less than 10% of any phase and only when this observation is essential to understanding higher level skills and tasks later in their training.  Additionally, participants must always be accompanied by a qualified supervisor on the job site.

Education

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Education training tasks that CIEE can accept:

  • Curriculum development
  • Lesson plan development
  • Classroom observation
  • Scheduling, budgeting and forecasting for upcoming academic year
  • Teaching material prep
  • Attending PTA or school board meetings
  • Training related to scheduling/prep of in-service days
     

Education training tasks that CIEE cannot accept:

  • Teaching or instructing of any kind (any age)
  • Acting as a teacher’s aide
  •  Acting as a student chaperone or caregiver
  • Providing discipline

Health Care

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CIEE will consider applications for participants to train in clinical care facilities if the proposed training is focused on business, operations, or learning laboratory research methods and leaves no opportunity for patient contact or training that would result in patient diagnosis.

Healthcare training tasks that CIEE cannot accept:

  • Client assessment or care
  • Administration of medications or medical procedures
  • Patient or client interaction
  • Conducting physical and therapeutic intervention
  • Restraining or monitoring clients/patients
  • Counseling or therapy
  • Coaching
  • Nutrition counseling or consulting
  • Assisting clients with meals, housekeeping, transportation or hygiene
  • Any activities in which participants may find themselves in situations where they must deliver clinical and/or therapeutic services or perform unskilled labor
     

In addition, participants should not have access to client Social Security numbers.

Overall, any training in the fields of clinical care, exercise training, physical therapy, and veterinary care must be observation-based. The participant should not be responsible for the care and health of individuals or animals.

If the Host Organization would like to move forward with training after agreeing to the limitations, CIEE may ask the Host Organization supervisor to sign a waiver indicating the Host Organization’s understanding of program regulations before CIEE can approve the application.

Hospitality

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CIEE requires that hotel Host Organizations have broad operations to facilitate a comprehensive training in the hospitality field including rotation through different roles in different departments. We typically find that hotels with at least a three-star/three-diamond rating as determined by AAA and/or Mobil Travel meet these requirements, although not in every case. In addition, to qualify as a host, the property must provide extended amenities like concierge services, banquets/events, restaurant services, etc. Amenities like gyms, pools, and continental breakfast, typically do not qualify towards the extended amenities requirement.

For restaurant locations, the location must be a fine dining establishment, typically including amenities like wine pairings, multi-course offerings and rotating menus.

CIEE requires the following number of training phases based on the type and duration of the training program:

Duration

Intern Hospitality*

Number of Phases

Trainee Hospitality*

Number of Phases

Trainee: Hospitality Management***

Number of Phases

0-3 months 1+ 1+ 1+
3-6 months 1+ 2+ 2-3+
6-12 months 3+ 3+ 2-3+
Over 12 months N/A N/A 3+

*Each phase in hospitality internships should not last more than six months, and a phase in housekeeping should not last more than six weeks, with a maximum of two weeks cleaning/inspecting rooms.
**Hospitality Trainees are limited to 12 months. 
***Note that it is extremely rare for CIEE to approve an application for a Hospitality Management Trainee for more than 12 months.

Training Plan Qualifications for Restaurants
Interns/Trainees must participate in comprehensive rotations through a variety of skills. Training plans must show growth and development of skills and show that they are not only learning the task but understanding how it fits into the overall successful operation of the business/industry. Interns/Trainees are encouraged to learn about budgeting, menu planning, management, and scheduling by shadowing and observing supervisors to gain a broader understanding of the business and industry.

Training Plan Qualifications for Hotel Properties
Participants must participate in comprehensive rotations through a variety of departments. Training plans must show growth and development of skills and show that they are not only learning the task but understanding how it fits into the overall successful operation of the property. Participants are encouraged to learn about budgeting, marketing, management, and scheduling by shadowing and observing supervisors to gain a broader understanding of the property and industry.

Hospitality training plans must include less than 10% of the following activities and can only be included in training when it is needed in order to complete/comprehend higher level tasks.

  • Busing tables
  • Acting as a restaurant host
  • Cleaning guest rooms
  • Night audit/bookkeeping

CIEE cannot accept trainings of any length in the following departments:

  • Spas
  • Valet/bellhop
  • Maintenance
  • Security

Participants cannot make decisions about hiring or firing and they cannot not be responsible for supervising, evaluating, or disciplining staff or other Interns/Trainees.

Hospitality Management
To qualify for hospitality management, all tasks must be focused on back of house type activities like marketing, finance or business operations. Only programs that are made up entirely of these tasks may qualify for a duration beyond 12 months.

Oenology, viticulture, wine distribution

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Training tasks that CIEE can accept:

  • Learn about harvesting calendars
  • Learn about fermentation management
  • Understand blending
  • Study health and sanitation standards
  • Learn how to do laboratory analyses and quality control
  • Receive advanced business training that supports marketing, finance, and inventory management in the wine distribution industry

Training tasks that CIEE can accept when limited to no more than 10% of a phase *:

  • Pruning vines
  • Harvesting
  • Participation in wine tastings /samplings
  • Receiving and weighing grapes
  • De-stemming and sorting grapes
  • Watering and irrigation
  • Cleaning tanks/barrels
  • Retail tasks, such as assisting customers, labeling merchandise, etc.

*The above tasks are only permitted when they are essential to understanding higher level skills and tasks later in the training; when this is the case, they must be limited to no more than 10% of an individual phase.

Trainee Program Length
Trainee may apply for an 18-month program as long as six months  of the program are spent in related, non-credited classroom work.

Retail

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An internship in a retail establishment must be management-focused. Some examples may include training in areas such as human resources practices, accounting, opening/closing procedures, staffing practices, merchandising, sales analysis, budgeting, and retail buying practices.

Retail training tasks that CIEE cannot accept:

  • Retail sales, including operating a cash register and assisting customers
  • Conducting in-store demos
  • Stocking shelves
  • Inventory management
  • Folding clothes
  • Labeling merchandise
     

Multiple- Location Retail Companies
Trainings must take place at headquarter facilities under a management training plan. In some cases, it may be possible to have a phase where the Intern/Trainee is involved in the retail store to learn what is associated with management of a store location, but this phase should be limited in duration (1 month maximum).

Single- Location Retail Companies
Internships in single-location retail establishments are rarely approved. CIEE must ensure that each Intern/Trainee’s program has a broad scope and is in-depth, and single-location retail establishments are almost never able to provide these components. 

Sales

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Sales training tasks that CIEE can accept:

  • Forecasting
  • Budgeting
  • Sales analyses
  • Presentation creation
  • Client presentations under supervision
  • Learning how to pitch sales
  • Learning how to close sales
  • Conducting warm sales calls
  • Client management
  • Order tracking and inventory
  • Learning sales management tools
  • Attending client meetings
     

Sales training tasks that CIEE cannot accept for any period of time:

  • Commission sales
  • Sales quotas as part of evaluations and/or compensation
  • Cold calls and direct sales
  • Independent representation of Host Organization on sales calls
     

Please note that off-site sales calls must always be accompanied by a qualified supervisor. Overall, sales training must be at a high level so that the participant learns about the sales process rather than simply about making sales.

Social Services

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Social Services training tasks that CIEE can accept:

  • Social work research and policy (unpublished)
  • Volunteer management (observation-based only; direct management is prohibited)
  • Community outreach
  • Social and human services that help social workers, healthcare workers, and other
  • professionals providing services to people
  • Social work administration and operations (must be limited to no more than 10% unskilled tasks, including filing, answering phones, data entry, etc. and only permitted when essential for higher level training.)
     

Social Services training tasks that CIEE cannot accept:

  • Child care workers
  • Residential support services
  • Residential direct care workers
  • Autism case specialists
  • Host parent in therapeutic group homes and foster care
  • Patient or client contact
  • Conducting physical and therapeutic intervention
  • Restraining or monitoring clients/patients
  • Counseling or therapy
  • Assisting clients with meals, housekeeping, transportation or hygiene
  • Performing unskilled social service labor 
  • Administration of medication
  • Any activities in which Interns/Trainees may find themselves in situations where they must deliver clinical and/or therapeutic services or perform unskilled labor
     

Prohibited Sites of Activity

Participants are prohibited from training in social services facilities such as those listed below, regardless of the nature of training:

  • Juvenile justice facilities
  • Residential facilities for children and adults with developmental disabilities and emotional disorders
  • Residential therapeutic facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Homeless shelters
  • Crisis facilities
     

If the Host Organization would like to move forward with training after agreeing to the limitations, CIEE may ask the Host Organization supervisor to sign a waiver indicating the Host Organization’s understanding of program regulations before CIEE can approve the application.