As a foreign student or recent graduate, finding the right U.S. host company is not the only hurdle you face when looking for an internship in the U.S. After the resumes, interviews, and waiting anxiously to hear back from your dream company, you must still apply for the correct visa in order to travel to the U.S. InternScout’s knowledge staff can assist you with this process, however understanding the J-1 visa is important for preparing the appropriate documents and knowing what is expected of you while you are in the United States.
What is the J-1 visa?
The J visa category is an exchange visitor non-immigrant visa category issued to students, recent graduates, and professionals to participate in work-and-study based exchange visitor programs.
The J-1 intern visa is intended for students and recent graduates who wish to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. business and culture, enhance their theoretical knowledge, and gain professional insight in their chosen occupational field that they may not have access to in their home countries.
How do I find a Sponsor?
Unfortunately, you can’t simply walk into a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and ask for a J-1 visa. J-1 visas require an official U.S. Department of State designated “sponsoring organization” to ensure that you meet the requirements for the visa, and to monitor your progress and check-in with you during your internship in the U.S. There are many sponsoring organizations; however some are less reputable than others. InternScout works directly with several of the industry’s most respected visa sponsoring organizations and our application process ensures that you have all of the application materials needed to demonstrate your visa eligibility. Even if you have secured an internship on your own,
InternScout and our partner sponsors can help you obtain the visa as quickly and easily as possible.
Am I eligible?
To qualify for a J-1 internship in the United States you must be a current university or post-secondary school student (or have graduated in the past twelve months) and have secured an internship at a U.S. host company in a field that is directly related to your field of study. This means that if you are studying Biochemisty, the chance of you being approved for an internship visa in Marketing is slim to none. InternScout will ensure that your host company internship matches your qualifications; however it is important that you are realistic about the internships you qualify for. The J-1 intern visa is granted for a period of up to twelve months, at which time you will be expected to return home: empowered with new knowledge and skills to begin your career!
Obtaining a J-1 visa doesn’t have to be a challenge. For more information about J-1 visa sponsorship or finding the right internship for you, please contact InternScout directly.
It is without question that the United States is a country recognized for its innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset. An internship in the U.S. provides you with the opportunity to learn about the most innovative skills in your professional field.
Many of the latest trends, techniques, and business practices are created in the United States. Interning in the United States allows you to learn firsthand the latest techniques from experienced professionals in your field.
The opportunity of receiving mentorship from experienced professionals is a huge benefit of interning in the United States. You will have the chance to develop lasting relationships with your bosses who can provide career advice and help advance your professional career development even far in the future.
Your mentors in your host company may also give you valuable insights and perspectives into your desired industry. Developing good relationships with your bosses may also lead to a job opportunity or a new career path.
Internship programs in the United States can expose you to a variety of tasks and responsibilities. Some companies may assign you to a specific role while others may provide you with exposure to different departments. Interning in the United States of America will show you how business in your selected field actually works.
You will be able to attend meetings, work on projects with a team, and complete individual tasks. The skills and experience you gain will also strengthen your resume massively.
When applying for an entry-level job, the first thing that a hiring manager is going to review is your resume. The quality of your resume can be the deciding factor when it comes to receiving a job offer. At the end of the day, employers are interested in people with real-world experience.
Going abroad looks much more attractive in a CV than sitting at home.
An internship in the United States will give you the job experience that you need to fulfill future job requirements. Living abroad in the U.S. will showcase you as an adaptable person who is unafraid of new challenges. For sure, these qualities will make you more desirable for employment in your future career.
American work culture is unique. In fact, it’s that culture that is one of the most important reasons that the United States is the leading pioneer in many industries. The work environment in the U.S. encourages collaboration among coworkers, sharing of ideas, and a friendly atmosphere. Most interns would say that their work environment allows for professional and personal growth. You will have the opportunity to work personally with experienced directors, managers, and CEOs.
While you live and work in the United States, you will have the opportunity to improve your English skills. English is universally accepted as one of the most important languages to know. No matter where you are, companies value people who can communicate clearly and effectively. Interning in the United States will help you improve your vocabulary, accent and pronunciation.
Aside from English itself, interning in the USA will teach you how to interact with other people in a professional manner. American business standards and cultural norms are understood among many companies around the world. Learning these standards can help you make stronger connections with your bosses and coworkers.
While living in the United States, interning with your company will be only half of your experience. The other half is all about the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Some of your friends will be from your host company while others are from outside your work-life. The friends you make while living in another country provide you with fresh perspectives and ideas that expand your mindset.
Moving to another country is no doubt a challenge, but one that comes with immense knowledge, experiences, and personal growth. Living and interning in the United States will give you the opportunity to gain confidence in yourself. Traveling globally will become easier. Understanding different cultures and interacting with people will be less intimidating. Ultimately, you will learn to trust yourself and apply your confidence in every situation that you find yourself in.
Over a span of more than 10 years, we at InternshipUSA.com have witnessed all of the benefits mentioned above with our thousands of internship program participants. The idea of doing an internship in the US is a great first step and may be the starting point to experience soon all the mentioned benefits by yourself. But we are well aware that costs may hold you back, at least for now. But you can start working on saving money and raising these funds. You may be surprised to find out that you are able to raise the funds much faster than expected.
And when the time for your internship finally comes, we can assure you that almost all interns experience a solid ‘return on investment’ quickly. An internship in the U.S. simply pays off. We estimate that the financial benefit over the next 10 years will be more than 10 times higher than what you spend on your internship in the USA. Most of our participants experience an impressive accelerated career as well as a salary increase, and that’s precisely because of their internship in the USA.