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All about Internship USA and Career Training USA programs

Internship USA and Career Training USA are unique programs that provide young professionals with the opportunity to gain valuable international experience at their educational or occupational field.

Both programs are administered by the Department of State as Cultural exchange programs, that require J-1 visa. More about these programs you can find at the Department of State web page.

There are a few differences between Internship USA and Career Training USA, that apply mainly to the applicant requirements. Below you can easily see the characteristics of both programs:

 Internship USACareer Training USA
PurposeGaining practical experience at the chosen educational field.Enhancing the skills and expertise in the academic or occupational fields through participation in a structure and guided training-based program.
DurationUp to 12 monthsUp to 18 months (accept for Hospitality and Tourism area of thaining, that is up to 12 months)
НачалоYear roundYear round

ICT Categories

(both for Internship and Career Training)

Business ProgramHospitality & Tourism Program
  • IT
  • Management
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Research/Development
  • Finance
  • Event Planning
  • Public Relations
  • Project Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Other
  • Culinary
  • Food and Beverage
  • Front Office
  • Housekeeping Management
  • Other
Rarticipant requirements
Age between 18 and 28Age between 20 and 35
Currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree-or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States students OR recently graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to their exchange visitor program start date.Degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field outside the United States OR
five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which they are seeking training
Advanced English language skillsAdvanced English language skills
Изисквания към предлагащата стаж компания Employer Identification Number
Worker`s Compensation Insurance
Annual revenue of more than $3 000 000 or at leats 25 full-time employees

More about the ICT program

Internship USA and Career Training USA are also a good option for former Work and Travel participans to build up their work experience by working in their area of educaton, also for students that have never been to the US-to gain internation work experience.

Both programs allow working only for the company that has provided the training. Participants' income is imposed with Federal taxes, State taxes (if the state requres), and local taxes (of the area requires). Almost all of the taxes may be refunded after the student finishes their program.

Training with an Orange employer or with an independently secured employer?

Both Internship USA and Career Training USAprograms provide the candidates the option to choose whether to secure their training at a specifis company-independently (self-arranged option) or with our help (premium placed option).

Premium Placement is the option when we and our American partners provide you with a list of available positions that you can choose from. What needs to be taken into consideration is your education, and/or previous work experience outside US, and personal preferences. You have to create a Resume that will be presented to potential employers in your area of interest.

The companies that are interested in hiring trainees operate in hospitality and tourism, IT, marketing, finances and other areas.

You must know that when choosing a trainee program in a specific company, the program must be in your educational OR occupational area.

Self-arranged Placement is that program option that gives you the opportunity to personally contact a specific company and arrange your training program with them. Our American partners will confirm that the chomany that you have chosen is in accordance with Department of State requirements. They will also confirm that the training that you have secured is in accordance with your educational OR occupational background.

With that program option, it is your and your employer responsibility to compile the Training Plan (DS-7002). The Training plan needs to describe the states in yout training progam, in details.

Every stage in your program depens on the duration of your program:

Duration of the program in monthsMaximum lenght of every stage in months
From 1 to 32
From 4 to 63
From 7 to 93
From 10 to 124

Department of State has established the below listed requrement to every company, that wants to provide a candidate with a training:

  1. The company needs to provide the sponsor with their Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as Federal Tax Identification Number.
  2. The company needs to have Worker`s Compensation Insurance, that covers the medical expenses in case of medical emergency at the workplace.
  3. The company needs to have annual revenue more than $3 000 000 or at least 25 full-time employers. In case the company does not cover that requerement, a representative of the US sponsor needs to personally visit the company and assure that they really can provide the canditate with a training program.