If you are participating in a hospitality internship or training, it is likely that the resort will provide you with housing or point you to housing options.
If you are participating in the CampCare program, you have housing and food provided.
If you are participating in the Work and Travel program, it is likely that your host company may refer you to a staff housing, if not, they most likely will give you tips.
For all other programs and other types of internships and training, you will have to be more involved in finding the right place by yourself. If your company happens to have hosted international interns before, they will likely tell you where previous exchange visitors have stayed or give your recommendations. But even if it happens to be a new start-up or a company where you are the first exchange visitor they receive, your future colleagues and supervisor will understand that you need some help and ideas on safe neighborhoods and what kind of monthly rent you need to expect.
Housing in popular cities such as New York City or San Francisco is very expensive. For a 1-bedroom apartment in the city itself, you would expect to pay more than $3000 per month. Interns thus tend to look for shared housing options with furnished rooms. Here are some website we can recommend you to look at:
You still need to count on $500 to $1400 for housing, depending on the city and your distance from the center. In addition, you will be asked to pay the first month up front along with a deposit (up to three months of rent). For utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) and Internet, please budget another $100 - $200 per month.
How to avoid Housing Scams: Unless you have received a concrete housing recommendation from your host company, we suggest that you first book a hostel and then look for permanent housing in person, once you are already in the USA. That way, you can see the place yourself, meet your future housemates and know that they exist. Do not send your credit card number and do not wire a deposit or application fee.