Many university departments are including a mandatory internship into their curriculum or at least strongly encourage their students to integrate practical experience into their academic schedule. More and more students now aim to enhance their academic achievements with the acquisition of professional skills relevant to their future career. The added benefits of an internship in another country are obtaining a global perspective, intercultural skills and often highly improved foreign Business language skills.
The outstanding position of the United States in world politics and world economy makes it especially attractive for international students to gain first-hand experience at an American workplace. Intrax partners with universities world-wide to support their students gaining experience in practical and professional settings in the United States.
J1 Visa for Your Students’ Internships in the USA
Intrax is an official J1 visa sponsor for various J1 cultural exchange programs among them the J1 internship program. We became a designated J1 visa sponsor more than 30 years ago and give expert advice and provide guidance and support to students, companies, universities. If your institution offers a university internship program in the USA, we welcome you to use our experience and knowledge surrounding all J1 visa regulations and to direct your students to our program website for students.
J1 Visa Service for Self-Arranged Internships in the USA
Students often find their internship position with the help of their university department, career service or international office. For any internship in the USA, regardless of the length, interns need to apply for a J1 visa at a U.S. consulate. Prior to applying for the J1 visa, students need to choose a J1 visa sponsor who collects documents from the student and the host company and speaks with both sides to verify eligibility and compliance with the J1 visa regulations. As proof of such confirmation, the J1 visa sponsor then issues the DS-2019 document which the student needs to bring to the visa appointment at the U.S. consulate.
J1 Internships – Dates and Requirements
Intrax sponsors J1 visa for internships from 4 weeks to 12 months. Students may apply and begin their programs year-round. Students may apply for an internship to start after completion of at least two semesters up to 12 months after graduation from university. The internship must relate directly to the field of study.
Intrax issues the DS-2019 form within 2 weeks after having received all documents and the program fee. What might prolong the process: Documents needing correction, intern or supervisor being unresponsive to calls, the company needing an on-site visit (less than 25 employees and less than $3 Mill. annual revenue), long visa wait times at the U.S. consulate.
Intrax confirms J1 visa eligibility by conducting a phone interview with the intern to confirm advanced English language skills and by scheduling a phone call with the supervisor of the US host company to confirm the placement and ensure that the supervisor understands the concept of the J1 visa designed for an education and work-based cultural exchange program. Intrax collects specific documents from intern and host company as proof of both sides fulfilling J1 requirements.
Please visit the website for students to see the list of specific J1 visa requirement for interns and their host companies.
For the following internship areas, you will unfortunately need to look for a different J1 visa sponsor:
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Construction & Building Trades, Education, Social Sciences, Psychology, Library Science, Counseling & Social Services, and Health-related Occupations.
Partner Discount for Your University’s J1 Interns
Please contact us to discuss a closer cooperation between your university and Intrax, enabling your students to receive a discount for our J1 visa service. If we can sponsor the requested internship field for a J1 visa application and if your students are eligible, we would gladly consider such a discount.