J-1 Internship in the USA

International students and young professionals have the opportunity to intern and train with U.S. businesses through Spirit’s J-1 Internship Program. U.S. businesses are eager to share their unique perspective with international J-1 interns and trainees, while at the same time offering valuable professional development opportunities through hands on training.

Spirit Cultural Exchange is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 Visa program sponsor, and is designated to facilitate placements in the following occupational categories:

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
  • Information Media and Communications
  • The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations
  • Arts and Culture
  • Social Sciences & Social Services
  • Public Administration and Law

Program Placement Options:

  • Independent Placement– for international students and young professionals who have already identified a U.S. based Host Company and have developed a Training and Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP).
  • Premium Placement – for students and young professionals seeking assistance in identifying a Host Company that matches well with their professional or educational background. Spirit will assist with placement and in the development of a Training and Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP).
    At this time, Spirit is only offering Premium Placements for applicants with educational and/or professional experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. All other applicants are encouraged to apply for Spirit's Independent Program.

Program Includes:

Spirit's J-1 Internship Program includes the following:

  • Program sponsorship for the J-1 Intern or Trainee visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Application processing
  • Skype web interview with Spirit Cultural Exchange and host organization (when applicable)
  • Host Company screening
  • 24-hour support from Spirit Cultural Exchange while in the U.S.
  • Host Company placement, Premium hospitality placements only