— General Qualifications —
English proficiency: Participants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language to enable them to participate in this program and to function effectively in an English-speaking environment.
Career goal-oriented: Participants must demonstrate that the intended internship or training program is aligned with the career path he/she is pursuing.
Financial support: Participants must demonstrate that they have sufficient finances to support themselves for their entire stay in the United States, including housing and living expenses (i.e., bank account statement).
— Specific Qualifications —
You may be eligible to apply in the Intern category if you are a foreign national who:
(1) Is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States; OR
(2) Graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to your intended program start date.
ICEF is authorized by the U.S. Department of State as a sponsor of the J-1 visa for the Intern program.
You may be eligible to apply in the Trainee category if you are a foreign national who has:
(1) A degree from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in your occupational field acquired outside the United States; OR
(2) Five years of work experience outside the United States in your occupational field.
ICEF will help to coordinate your application and identify a sponsor for your program.