Internships in the US for International Students
A LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITY
Benefits of Internships in the US
Differences Between Internship and Training
Which program should you apply for?
We get this question all the time and the answer is outlined in the comparison cards below.
The Internship program has a maximum duration of 12-months. There are no extensions; however, you may repeat a J-1 visa as long as you have a student status.
The Training Program has a maximum duration of 18-months. There are no extensions.
Agriculture and Hospitality INTERNSHIP Programs
Agriculture and Hospitality programs have a maximum duration of 12-months.
There are no extensions; however, you may repeat a J-1 visa as long as you have a student status.
The Agriculture Program is a maximum 12-month practical learning experience related to your course of study and your career development objectives. Participation in the Agriculture program will improve your understanding of U.S. agricultural practices and methodologies. We have placements ranging from farms focusing on crops to cattle. You will also gain valuable insight into American culture and society.
CHI works with partner organizations in 42 countries. Our partners will guide you through the application, administer tests and will evaluate your credentials. Final decisions are made by CHI’s Internship Admissions Department in San Rafael, California. Only CHI is authorized to issue Form 2019 for the J-1 visa, which may be valid for up to 18-months.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Department of State has implemented a system called SEVIS, which keeps a record of international students who are participating in exchange programs. SEVIS enables sponsors to transmit participant information to the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and DOS (the Department of State).
You will be issued a J-1 visa for the exact dates listed on your DS-2019 form (e.g. your legal internship dates). Also, upon entry into the U.S., a Form I-94 will be attached to your passport. The I-94 indicates the last day you may be in the U.S. on this J-1 visa. Alternatively, “D/S” may be stamped on the I-94 card instead of an actual date. “D/S” is an abbreviation for “Duration of Status” which is equivalent to the specified time indicated on the DS-2019 form plus a 30-day “grace” period reserved for travel purposes only.
No. Once your DS dates have expired, you are no longer in a sponsored internship program and cannot continue at the host business. You have the option to either return home immediately or stay in the U.S. for an additional 30 days beyond the expired DS dates for the exclusive purpose of travel. If you wish to remain in the U.S. to travel longer than the 30 days allowed following the program, you need to contact the Office of Homeland Security and request a change of status to a B-2 (tourist) visa. You will need to complete the OHS form I-539 and pay a fee of $75. The Office of Homeland Security recommends that the tourist visa application be submitted 45 days prior to the expiration of the participant’s J-1 visa. As a reminder, you are responsible for purchasing appropriate insurance to cover the travel period following the Internship program.
Yes, as long as you are enrolled in a post-secondary institution or have graduated within 12-months.
No. CHI cannot release you from its J-1 program in order for you to transfer to another J-1 program.
CHI is unable to transfer a participant who is currently on an F-1 student visa in the U.S. to CHI’s J-1 visa. The participant MUST return home in order to apply for CHI’s Internship Program.
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