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Internship USA - Business Internship

Gain work experience and improve your English, live in another culture and develop a professional network – a business internship in the US prepares you for a successful future!

  • Placement Service: View our Internship Samples and Current Openings
  • Locations: New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and other attractive cities in the USA
  • Duration: 2 to 12 months
  • Flexible start dates
  • Internships Fields:
    • Business (Business Management, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Commerce)
    • Engineering, Natural Sciences, IT, Architecture
    • Information Media & Communications
    • Public Administration & Law
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • NGOs, non-Profit Organisations

Intrax organizes an internship for you in the field of your studies or profession in one of the many fascinating cities in the USA. Most internships are unpaid. Some companies pay a small stipend for longer internships.

Internship USA - Placement Process

Have a look at our sample position on the Intrax Global Internship website and check the list of Current Openings. You can start applying via MyIntraxPortal, telling us your desired field of internship, your dates and if applicable the city / cities you would like to be placed in. Please scroll down for detailed application information.

Once you have filled in your online application and uploaded the application documents, we will do a Skype interview to find out more about your motivation and expectations. We will then start matching you with our host companies in the USA. Once we have found a suitbable position for you, we will arrange an interview and collect your interview fee of 150€ / $200.  Please only accept the Interview if you are really interested in an internship in that company. Further interviews with other companies can be arranged if needed.

Step-by-Step to the USA:

1. Telephone/Skype Interview with a representative of your Intrax European office in Berlin/Germany
2. Matching with a US host company
3. Confirmation of Host Company Interview and invoice for Interview Fee
4. Skype interview with an interested Host Company
5. If both sides agree: internship contract and payment of the remaining program fees
6.  J1 visa application is processed

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Internship USA - Eligibility

  • Internship position must relate to your field of study/your degree
  • Current student with at least 2 semesters of studies in the requested field of internship
  • OR degree + 1 year of full-time work experience in the requested field of internship
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Flexibility, positive attitude and interest in other cultures
  • Your J1 Visa must be arranged through Intrax

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Internship USA - Time line

Application deadline: At the latest 12 weeks prior to your earliest possible start date.
Program start: Year-round, you and your host company agree on a specific start date

Internship USA - Accommodation

You will arrange your own accommodation. Below you find information about hostels and student residences located in the various cities. Alternatively, you can find your own accommodation via

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Internship USA - J1 Visa

Once your Business Internship is secured you can apply for the J1 visa. You will receive all necessary documents and information from us on how to apply for the visa. You will also have to arrange a personal interview at your local US embassy or consulate.

As visa appointment waiting times can be quite long and we do not have any influence on the visa processing times of the embassies, we highly recommend to not book a flight before you have received your J1 visa.

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Internship USA - Application

Online Application

  • Step 1: Online Application through MyIntraxPortal
    When you register, please write your personal data exactly as in your passport!  We will check your preliminary application and then activate your account so that you can start uploading documents. (In case the global website states different program fees, the fees on this website apply.)
  • Step 2: Submit required documents:
    Copy of the first two pages which include your personal data. Please note that your passport needs to be valid for 6 months beyond the program end date.
    In English, American format
    Motivation Letter
    Proof of Language Level
    (English native speakers do not need to upload test results).
    Please go to and do level 2. The test is free and takes 35 minutes. You need at least 41 points. Please upload a screenshot of your test result.
    Certificate of University Enrollment and Transcript OR Copy of Diploma
    Please also upload translations of these documents if they are not in English
    Some of the documents (DS-7002, Host Company Agreement, Financial Statement) you can only upload after placement.
    Terms & Conditions
    Contract Internship USA 2019
    (Please sign and upload)
    FYI: Intrax Internships Terms and Conditions (to be later signed via DocuSign)
    FYI: Information Sheet: Collection and Processing of Personal Data

If you have any questions please contact us: +49 - 30 - 84 39 39 94 or via email at

Feedback from a former intern

Kristoffer about his experience in California:
Operations and Supply Chain Management

I really enjoyed my stay in the US. I gained a lot of experience, made many friends from all around the world and learned about American business culture, which, surprisingly to me, was quite different from the Danish one. I can highly recommend anyone who plans on doing an internship abroad to go to the US, and Silicon Valley in particular. Silicon Valley offers a great diversity in nationalities, cultures, and nature in addition to probably being one of the epi-centers of the business world. During my internship, I made many friends that I am still in contact with, I had the chance to travel around the US and participate in American customs and traditions.

My internship tasks
I was really lucky to get the best manager imaginable. He made a great effort to expose me to the rest of the organization and to involve me in different projects from day one. This allowed me to work on a lot of different and exciting tasks throughout my internship. One of the first big projects I worked on was inventory management, where I was responsible for analyzing various data to improve the inventory. I had to prepare presentations for the executives who based their decisions on my recommendations. It was a great experience to actually apply some of the knowledge I gained at university and to see that the skills I learned during my studies are actually of value in the “real world”.

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