Intern USA Eligibility

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Eligibility

You will be working under a J-1 Intern Visa, which gives interns and trainees the opportunity to gain international experience in the US, which will help advance your career back home.

You must fulfill the following requirements in order to be able to apply for your all-important ticket to the States:

  • Be aged 18-38
  • Have a 1-18 month internship placement already arranged (up to 12 months on the Intern Visa and up to 18 months on the Trainee Visa)
  • Have an eligible host employer
  • Your Internship must be related to your past work/study experience
  • Be available to be interviewed in person or over the phone
  • Apply for your visa outside of the United States
  • Have sufficient support funds

Types of Visa

You can apply for one of two visas: Intern Visa and Trainee Visa. You must meet one of the following criteria:

J-1 Intern Visa Eligibility
- You must be a current full-time degree level student outside of the US, or have graduated within the last 12 months.
- You should be at least halfway through your degree before beginning your internship
- Your internship must be related to your academic field of study
- You must have an eligible host employer
- Your Internship must be related to your past work/study experience
- You must have a 1-12 month internship placement already arranged when you apply for your visa
- You must apply for your visa outside of the United States
- You must have sufficient support funds
J-1 Trainee Visa Eligibility
- Must have a degree and 1 years work experience in the field you are wishing to train in OR have 5 years work experience in the field you want to train in. You must provide references to support this.
- Your internship must be related to your academic field of study
- You must have an eligible host employer
- Your Internship must be related to your past work/study experience
- You must have a 1-18 month internship placement already arranged when you apply for your visa
- You must apply for your visa outside of the United States
- You must have sufficient support funds

Intern USA is open to passport holders of all nationalities, as long as you are a full time student at a UK university, or have graduated from a UK university within the last 12 months.