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Program Eligibility

— 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.

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