Internship Training USA

Internships in the USA

Internship Training USA is a fantastic opportunity to experience the working and living culture of the United States at first hand, gaining valuable insights into American business culture and the practices and methodologies of the world’s biggest economy. You will be employed by a US company, officially accredited by the Department of State for the period of 3-18 months. In this organization, you will be gradually trained to take up a challenging role and responsibility according to your preferences and capabilities. This programme will give you the necessary skills, knowledge and maturity to tackle your bright future laying ahead. We believe in excellence and we believe in people making it happen.

"He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner."
~ Benjamin Franklin

The Internship Training USA programme placements are adjusted to the amount of the applicant’s academic and work experience and therefore offer two choices:

1. Internship: A structured and guided, work-based learning in the participant’s academic experience and study for a maximum of 1 year.
2. Training: A structured and guided, work-based learning which enhances and builds upon the participant’s practical experience in his/her chosen professional field for the maximum of 18 months.

Am I eligible to apply?

One of the following criteria must be fulfilled to meet the J1 requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States, or
  • Graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor programme start date.
  • A degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field outside the United States, or
  • Five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which they are seeking training.

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Internship placement details

The placement is selected according to your experience and the thoroughness in completing your application during the placement process, your level of English and the business’ desire and need to host an intern. It is your responsibility to provide as much detail as possible about yourself in the application process. Global Choices does its utmost to match the applicant’s professional objectives with the most appropriate host business.

Job positions

Positions are available in the following disciplines:
  • Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing;
  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance;
  • Information Media and Communications;
  • Public Administration and Law;
  • The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations;
  • Social Sciences;
  • Arts and Culture;
  • Construction and Building Trades;
  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services;
  • Health Related Occupations;

Placement regions/communities

You may request a specific region or community in which you would like to be placed. Global Choices cannot guarantee your requested region/community, however.

    The following is a list of regions where we place participants:
  • U.S. East Coast Region: New England, New York, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio;
  • U.S. Middle Region: Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas;
  • U.S. South Western/Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, Nevada;
  • U.S. West Coast Region: Washington, Oregon; California, Hawaii, Alaska.

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Accommodation Details

Independent Housing

Global Choices will provide suggestions and assistance in locating an apartment or alternative boarding. Please remember that you are responsible for securing and paying for your own accommodations. Also, you are responsible for abiding by the housing management’s rules and terms. In addition to the accommodation rental cost, there may be monthly utilities (electricity, phone, water, garbage service, cable TV service) as well as grocery expenses and furniture. All these additional living expenses will be your sole responsibility.

Host Family Stay

In most placements, the applicant has the option to live with a host family. If the Host Family housing option is selected, we will place the participant with a well-matched and pre-selected family. The host will provide a sleeping area and two meals a day during the working week (three on weekends). In most cases, the Host Family will prepare meals for the participant. However, many American families have very busy schedules. There may be some situations in which the participant may be asked to prepare a simple meal such as a sandwich and soup.

The participant is expected to be courteous when sharing the family’s resources such as the television, phone, computer, bathroom etc. He or she should respect the Host Family’s rules about drinking, driving and dating. The participant should make every effort to communicate and interact with the Host Family as much as possible in order to enhance the cultural exchange aspect of the programme.

Should the participant select the independent accommodation option, we will provide suggestions and assistance in locating an apartment or alternative boarding.


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Programme Cost

  • Booking Fee - $700
  • The Registration Fee - $5000 JMD

Note: The booking fee of $700 is applied towards the programme fee balance. In case no successful job interview was conducted, applicants will get their booking fee refunded in full.

Programme “A” - Self-Arranged Placement (Visa only)
3-6 months $ 1050
7-12 months $ 1250
13-18 months $ 1450
Site visit (fees depend on location)
Programme “B” - Global Choices Arranged Placement (Placement + Visa)
3-6 months $ 2090
7-12 months $ 2490
13-18 months $ 2990

What’s included in the Fee

  • Placement in a career related business (B);
  • Host family arrangements for the arranged placement and housing option (A&B);
  • J-1 visa documentation (A&B);
  • Participant handbook (A&B);
  • Programme orientation and administration (A&B).

What’s not included

  • Round trip airfare to the States;
  • Any daily living expenses including rent (if applicable), and transportation to and from the host business;
  • A USD 500 per month host family fee for the arranged placement and housing option;
  • Health and accident insurance for the duration of the programme. All candidates are required to apply for health insurance through Global Choices. Candidates who apply for insurance in combination with the programme will get a discount. Details of a variety of insurance coverage schemes can be found on our website;
  • Visa interview fees at the embassy;
  • SEVIS fee.

SEVIS fee has to be paid in addition to all programme fees. Currently this fee is $180 USD but may be subject to change.

SEVIS System (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)

SEVIS has been set up by the U.S. government in an effort to keep track of all exchange visitors (J visas) and international foreign students (F & M visas) during their stay in the United States. SEVIS replaced an old manual, paper-driven procedure with an automated one in which real-time; accurate information is updated and maintained through the use of a web-based application. The new procedure has enabled schools and exchange programme sponsors to transmit electronic information and event notifications via the internet to the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State throughout exchange visitor’s and the student’s stay in the U.S. All the J programme sponsors must comply with SEVIS rules and regulations and keep the records of all exchange visitors up to date by U.S. law. Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT that our participants report to us their arrival confirmation and U.S. home address within 7 days of their arrival in order for us to validate their programme in SEVIS and to remain in contact with us for any changes in the programme within 7 days of change. If a participant forgets this important requirement, s/he is going to be in danger of losing the programme sponsorship and may have the programme terminated. At our programme orientation sessions and through programme applications, our participants are given precise details and instructions about SEVIS.

Cancellation

  • Programme B (GC Arranged Placement) - The booking fee is refundable in full when no successful job interviewwas conducted within 6 weeks (if not otherwise agreed on) upon the start of the placement process;
  • Programme B - In case an applicant accepts an interview and then does not accept the offer from the employer, the booking fee is not refundable. Note: Applicants have the choice to accept an interview request before it is scheduled;
  • Programme B - In case of visa denial the programme fee and insurance fees will be refunded minus the bookingfee;
  • Programme A (Self-Arranged Placement) - In case of visa denial, the programme fee and insurance fees will be refunded minus the booking fee;
  • Programme A - When the application is cancelled before the DS-2019 form is issued the full programme fee and insurance fees will be refunded minus $400;
  • Programme A and B - When the application is cancelled after the DS-2019 form is issued only insurance fees are refundable;

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How does the programme work?

Once you have selected one position from our positions list, you can apply to the programme by completing the online application form. After an initial screening process, you will get a feedback about your suitability for the programme. If you are accepted to the programme, your details will be forwarded to employers for those positions you have selected once we have your booking fee in place. Interviews will be arranged subsequently.

The booking fee acts as a security deposit and ensures us and the employer that you will follow up with your application once you are accepted to a position. New positions are coming in constantly and you can decide to apply to them as well. In the meantime we will try to arrange interviews for the positions you already applied for. Once an interview was successful, we will start arranging your visa plus provide assistance with your travel preparations. In case you did not get lucky with your interviews, you can decide to withdraw from the programme anytime after 30 days upon start of the placement process you will get your full booking fee back! The placement process starts upon receipt of the booking fee, signed General Terms & Conditions form and other documents, if required.

Eligibility

    In order to be considered for a J1 intern visa, candidates must:
  • Be currently enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S.;
    OR
    Have graduated from such an institution within 12 months of programme start date;
    OR
    Hold a degree or professional certificate from a foreign postsecondary academic institution and at least one year of related professional experience acquired outside the U.S.;
    OR
    Have five years of related professional experience acquired outside the U. S.;
  • Be between the ages of 21-35 and 18-35 for hospitality placements;
  • Thoroughly complete the application packet and send supporting documents;
  • How To Apply?

    Stage 1:

    Select a position from the available positions list and apply. Make sure that you fit all programme and position requirements. The more positions you apply for, the higher your chances of getting a placement.

    Stage 2:

    We will review your application. If you are qualified for the programme, we will send you the Participant Profile questionnaire. Once you have completed the form and returned it by e-mail you might be asked to submit an introduction video of yourself as well. When we have gathered all required information, we will assess your suitability for the program and contact you to schedule an appointment for a personal interview in either Kingston or Mandeville office.

    Stage 3:

    Have the interview at our office. Make sure the $5000 JMD non-refundable registration fee is paid before the interview. Please note that we cannot conduct the interview if we have not received the registration fee.

    Stage 4:

    When you have been accepted by Global Choices, you will need to submit the booking fee. We will now assist you in writing a general resume and begin to forward your details for those positions you selected. During the placement process we might request additional documents to be submitted in order to arrange interviews.

    Stage 5:

    You can choose to apply to more positions on our website. Updates about new positions will be sent on a regular basis. Interviews with employers will be arranged.

    Stage 6:

    If an interview was successful, all necessary documentation to finalize your placement will be send to you. Those documents need to be submitted within 2 weeks, otherwise the employer might withdraw the placement offer in which case the booking fee is lost. After the documents have been returned and the placement has been confirmed you are officially placed. At this stage, the outstanding programme fee needs to be balanced and the DS form will be issued. We will start to assist you with your departure preparations.

    Stage 7:

    Upon receipt of your DS form, you can now schedule an appointment with the US Embassy to obtain your J1 visa. Once your visa appointment has been confirmed you will need to inform Global Choices about the date and time of your appointment.

    Stage 8:

    After your visa has been granted, participants must provide Global Choices with complete arrival flight details 7 days prior to the arrival date (in accordance with the original planned start date). Participants must arrive at least 1 day before the programme start date stated on the DS form.

    How long does this process take?

    Depending on your individual profile, employment field and flexibility, finding a placement can take from 1 week to several months. Key to a successful placement is the effort put into your CV/resume, cover letter as well as the Participant Profile. Please do not get the impression that we can "create jobs". We are still playing in the highly competitive job market and if you wish to get a suitable placement, you will have to invest time and energy in your preparations.

    The process of arranging the visa as well as all departure preparations will take about 3-4 weeks maximum.


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Required Documents

  • Two Photographs – 1 passport-size and 1 professional demeanour photo;
  • Letter to the host family, if applicable;
  • Curriculum Vitae/resume;
  • Cover letter;
  • Letters of Recommendation from a previous employer or professor, if requested;
  • Proof of university attendance or diploma and any other relevant certificates;
  • Copy of passport

Work Permits and Visa

Once a placement has been finalized, the participant will receive the DS-2019 form, which is called a “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status”. This document shows the name of your sponsor and the purpose of the programme, and specifies its duration. The DS-2019 is not a visa application form.

In order to apply for the J-1 visa, you must take the DS-2019 form, proof of payment of the US$180 SEVIS fee, and your passport to the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country. Once the form is processed, the visa is issued and attached to your passport. It is extremely important to retain a copy of the DS-2019 form throughout the remainder of the programme.

As a reminder, Global Choices is not responsible for final visa authorisation decisions and visa issuance. The U.S. embassies and consulates abroad each have their own guidelines relative to issuing U.S. visas; Global Choices has no control or say regarding an embassy or consulate’s final visa decision.

Please note: The DS-2019 Form will only be issued once the participant’s programme fee is paid in full.

J1 Trainee Status

Must have a university degree or professional certificate from a foreign institution AND at least one year of additional related experience outside of the U.S after graduation OR five years of experience outside of the U.S, in the field of training. Trainees will be allowed to stay in the U.S for up to 18 months, with the exception of hospitality trainees who are limited to programmes of 12 months or less. Exchange visitors who will be pursuing training in business management at a hotel will be allowed to train for up to 18 months. (For example, Human Resources or Marketing Training Programmes at a hotel or restaurant would qualify as 18-month business training as long as the trainee has prior management experience).

Visa-Only Application process

In case you have already secured an internship with a US company and are wondering how to go about arranging your visa, we can advise and arrange the visa for you. The J1 exchange visitor visa will allow you to stay in the United Stated for 3 to 18 months. Its main aim is to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges.

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The Program is designed to allow foreign professionals to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive training in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field. Foreign nationals have had the opportunity to train with some of the finest employers in the U.S., gaining real time experience in their chosen career fields. Upon completion of their exchange programs, participants are expected to return to their home countries to utilize their newly learned skills and knowledge to advance their careers and share their experiences with their communities.

The State Department allows training programs in the following occupational categories:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing;
  • Arts and Culture;
  • Construction and Building Trades;
  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services;
  • Health Related Occupations;
  • Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Information Media and Communications;
  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance;
  • Public Administration and Law;
  • The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations.

Am I eligible to participate?

One of the following criteria must be fulfilled to meet the J1 requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree - or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States, or
  • Graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor programme start date.
  • A degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field outside the United States, or
  • Five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which they are seeking training.

Application Process:

  1. After you have started the application process and submitted your initial online application, we will screen your CV/resume if your profile meets the eligibility criteria.
  2. We will contact you to get contact details as well as general information about your host organization. Further we will request the following documents:
    1. Cover Letter
    2. 2 Photographs - 1 passport-size and 1 professional demeanor photos
    3. University Attendance Letter or Diploma or Current Enrollment Certificate
    4. 2 letters of recommendation
    5. A copy of your passport
  3. Once the eligibility of your employer is confirmed, the booking fee needs to be balanced to enroll in the program. Now we will send you all necessary documents to complete.
  4. Once all documents are have been completed and returned by e-mail, the DS 2019 form will be issued and send to your home address with 1-2 weeks.
  5. As soon as the DS form is issued, you should book an appointment with your local US embassy to have your visa interview.
  6. If the interview is passed, your visa will be issued and you can safely book your flight to start your internship!

The program includes:

  • J-1 visa documentation;
  • Program orientation;
  • Intern/Trainee Handbook;
  • 24-hour toll-free emergency phone number (1-800-432-4643);
  • Program administration and online resource service.

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The Internship/Training is a programme focused on your career

The host business will help you to gain a thorough insight in your career field. There may be different methods in which that business conducts the internship/training – it could be through observation, rotations in different departments, training seminars or research.

For the first two weeks, you should expect an introductory period whereby the host business may need to assess your skills and objectives before assigning specific tasks and/or projects. Also, while the host business makes every effort to keep the participant fully engaged in interesting activities, there may be "down" times in which you may be asked to do basic tasks in your field of focus and/or general jobs in the office such as clerical work.

The programme offers two options: Self-Arranged (Paid or Unpaid) and Global Choices arranged (Paid or Unpaid) programme types.

Programme A – Self-Arranged programme

    Participant has to research his/her own paid or unpaid internship placement and housing. Additionally:
  • Participant must be eligible for the programme;
  • Global Choices must approve participant’s internship/ training placement;
  • Global Choices partner will give a phone-orientation within 48 hours of the participant’s arrival in the US;
  • This programme runs for 3-18 months (Hospitality internships from 3-12 months).

Requirements for Host Business (For Self Arranged programme type)

  • Employer should be with more than 25 employees and more than three million dollars in annual revenue. If employer doesn’t suit these requirements, Global Choices is required by the programme regulations to perform a site visit at employer’s organization prior to approving.

Programme B – Global Choices Arranged programme

    In order to be considered for Global Choices arranged paid (or unaid) internship/training, the applicant is required to be a highly capable candidate who is qualified to train in the following occupational categories:
  • Hospitality;
  • Arts and Culture;
  • Agriculture;
  • Information;
  • Media and Communication;
  • Education;
  • Social Sciences;
  • Library Science;
  • Counselling and Social Services;
  • Management;
  • Business Administration;
  • Commerce;
  • Finance (including hospitality and hotel management);
  • Engineering;
  • Architecture;
  • Mathematics;
  • Industrial Occupations;
  • Public Administration;
  • Law;
  • Computer Science;
  • Marketing and Sales;
  • Internships are available in other fields.

Additionally:

  • Participant must be eligible for the programme;
  • This programme runs for 3-18 months (Hospitality field from 3-12 months);
  • The applicant has sufficient funds to cover all expenses, or funds must be provided by the sponsoring organization in the form of a scholarship or other stipend
  • The applicant has a permanent residence in his/her home country, which the applicant do not intend to abandon
  • The applicant intends to depart the U.S. upon completion of the program. The applicant may establish this by presenting evidence of economic, social and/or family ties in his/her homeland sufficient to induce the applicant to leave the U.S. upon completion of studies

We recommend that for both options, the participant begin the programme either on the first or last weekend of the month. Participants are required to submit a mid-term and final programme evaluation report. Participants for Programme B must also be available to communicate with the Community Coordinator (CC) on a monthly basis. The CC provides ongoing support and supervision throughout the participant’s stay including securing assistance with a Social Security card.

Placement Hold

If you’ve already been placed and you decide to delay or postpone the programme for an indefinite period of time, we will put you on a 30-day "hold" status. The original placement will also be on hold for 30 days.

If you need more than 30 days delay for your programme, you will need to re-apply to the programme and pay a £500 reinstatement fee. The original placement will be void; and a new placement process will begin.

Applying in the United States of America

If you plan to apply in the USA, you need to know how to do so in a way that it not only leaves a good impression at prospective employers, but also evokes their interest in getting to know you better. This can be a difficult goal to achieve, but Global Choices would like to guide you through the myriad of formal and stylistic criteria to ensure you make the most of your application!

1. The Cover Letter

Your cover letter allows you to indicate the position you would like to apply for, your qualifications and skills, and the reasons why the employer should consider you for the position. Generally speaking, it should be no longer than 3 to 4 paragraphs. It is meant ot be a supplement to your resume — i.e. do not repeat exactly what you have listed there.

The cover letter is a great way for the employer to get to know you better (and your English and writing skills!), so make sure it is clear, informative, and grammatically correct. Since your resume will be sent to a number of different employers, you need to make sure that your cover letter is tailored not to a single position but to the specific type of postion you want to apply for. For example, if your desired job is in marketing, you should focus on one specific field in marketing (e.g. online marketing, sales, market research). Mention why you would like to work in this type of position, why in the US, and why you are the right person to do the job! We have assembled a sample cover letter that you should have a look at. And if you really want to stand out and gain a competitive edge, you can tailor your cover letter to each position you apply to!

2. The Resume (CV)

Your resume or CV (short for curriculum vitae) is a one-page schedular summary of your education, former employment, and skills. Its structure is standardized, however you are free to change fonts, font size and make minor(!) alterations to suit your needs. The main sections are:

  • Your contact details and objective at the top (do not attach a photo!)
  • Your education (list in descending chronological order)
  • Your experience (always mention company, location, your position, and a summary of your tasks, list in descending chronological order)
  • Your other skills
  • Your interests

You can find a sample resume here that you can use as a template.

Standard Living Expenses in the US

When you go to the United States, it is important to have a rough estimate on what you are going to spend. It turns out that this estimate varies greatly, depending on where you are going to live. Generally speaking, cities are more expensive than rural areas, and the larger the city, the more you will spend. Expect especially famous places like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco to be really expensive.

Another factor is: How are you going to spend your money? Are you planning to just buy food, or do you want to go out a few times a week, do excursions, travel around? Of course all those activities will increase the amount of money you will spend.

A rough idea of how much you are going to spend on food and groceries only would be a minimum of 300 USD per month.

Apartment costs are difficult to predict, because this depends on both where and how you are going to live. For a one bed room apartment you should estimate between 500 and 800 USD a month.

Shared bedrooms are cheaper of course, although we cannot give you exact numbers. There are simply too many variables like state, area, city, number of rooms, number of roommates, etc… Cost for shared accomodation starts roughly at 250 USD, if you are not in a big city.

Cars add additional 100 USD for insurance and 100 USD for petrol per month. Car licence renewal and emission test cost approximately 140 USD (once a year).

In summary, to survive you would need a minimum of about 700 USD, but to live we recommend that you have at least 1,200 USD available per month.

Additionally, we strongly encourage you to over-budget your trip to the USA, so that – just in case – you will have some savings to rely on.

Finally, we have assembled a handy reference for some estimated average prices:

  • Bar with DJ or Music: Girls 5, Boys 7 USD (Admittance)
  • Beer: 3 USD
  • Nightclub: 5-10 USD (Admittance), more in large Cities
  • Bowling: 1.50 USD for Shoes, 3 USD per Round
  • Cinema: 9-10 USD
  • Museum: Students 5-10, Adults 10-15 USD (Admittance)
  • Coffee: less than 1 USD
  • Fast Food Meal: 6-7 USD
  • Dinner in Restaurant: 10-15 USD for a One Course Dinner

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Flights, Pay and Expenses

Flights to USA

All flights for the students will be booked by Global Choices, except for the students who have buddy passes. Buddy passes must be presented to Global Choices and examined before acceptance.

Flight deposits of 250 USD must be paid to Global Choices by 1st February. The balance of the air fare should be paid within one day after confirmed booking.

Do not hesitate to contact our staff should you have any questions.


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