USA Cultural Exchange

Introduction
USA Internships programs are intended to promote international understanding and optimize the career development of students and recent graduates. 

The United States Government has made it possible to obtain visas through the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-256) as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451, et. Seq. (1988), also known as the Fulbright Hays Act (or, as simply the Act) The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of the educational and cultural exchanges. These exchanges assist the Department of State in furthering the foreign policy objectives of the United States. 

The purpose of the J-1 Internship Visa is to provide the Exchange Visitor the opportunity to participate in a work-based learning program that reinforces a student`s or recent graduate`s academic study through on the job training. The J-1 Internship visa is a non-immigrant visa. Therefore the Cultural Exchange Visitor agrees they are not intending to immigrate to the United States nor will they seek to change their status while here in the United States or become employed by their 3rd party host during their contracted dates with the designated sponsor. 

Aims

  • To stimulate career progression
  • To promote international awareness
  • To promote specialisation
  • To promote generalisation


Objectives
  • To develop international empathy through cultural exchange.
  • To allow the trainee to reach a level of experience that is commendable to specialist, supervisory and / or management level.
  • To allow the student / trainee to reach a level of experience that is commendable to a recognised knowledge and understanding of each of the core work experience / cultural exchange modules.
  • To provide for a rigorous system of task driven assessment.
  • To provide for the opportunity to overcome real life situations.
  • To learn skills to be used in future work based or training assignments.


Industry sectors and program duration
  • Hotel and Resort sector- from 6 to 18 months
  • Restaurant sector- from 6 to 18 months
  • Retail sector- from 12 to 18 months
  • Finance sector- from 12 to 18 months
  • Business management sector- from 12 to 18 months
  • Information technology- from 12 to 18 months
  • Maintenance- from 12 to 18 months
  • Marketing- from 12 to 18 months
  • Law- 12 to 18 months
  • Human Resources- 12 to 18 months


Internship Conditions
(Note: Calculations are estimates) 

Internship hours 

Training hours are typically set at 40 hours per week 

Internship paid hourly rates
  • Hourly rate ranges from $7.00 - $30..00


Accommodation offset
  • The rate of accommodation offset ranges between $100.00 - $400.00 per month

Health & Accident Insurance is mandatory. 

Income Tax: The following calculations are for year 2009 and must be treated as estimates, since income taxes are liable to fluctuate and will depend upon the training income and also upon the hotel / restaurant`s own policies. 

15% of pay check 

Airport Transfers - vary depending on locations, between $100.00 - $200.00 

Participant Eligibility
Language requirements -
The participant must have an understanding of the English language to at least upper intermediate level so as to be able to communicate freely during the course of the career training and cultural exchange program. The participant should demonstrate comprehension in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Sponsors may ask for proof of English language proficiency. 

Relevant academic and vocational qualifications
The CTWE office will consider applications from individuals with related academic and vocational qualifications, in line with the applicant assessments service. 

Any 1-5 year diploma/degree 

Those applicants with no related diplomas/degrees will need to provide proof of relevant work experience  of 6 months to 5 years. 

End-to-End Process 
4-12 months 

 

 

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