Your Internship in the USA

An internship in the USA will look highly impressive on your resume. While being an economic superpower and one of the most influential countries in the world, you will find the work environment in the USA quite refreshing and positive. European interns always profit from the American "can-do attitude". There is no need to be intimidated as your American supervisor and colleagues will respect your courage to strive for work experience abroad and will appreciate your motivation and fresh international perspective.

As an intern in the USA you will...

  • learn a lot about American business methods

  • develop new skills

  • improve your English

  • grow a professional business network

  • turn colleagues into friends

  • grow in self-confidence

Quick Facts at a Glance

  • year-round start possible

  • many different internship fields possible

  • application deadline: at least 12 weeks before start date

  • internship duration:

    hospitality internship: 6 – 12 months
    professional business internship: 2 – 6 months

  • J1 visa service included in your program fees

  • paid as well as unpaid internships are possible (depending on your field)

Ready to be an Intern?

Fill out our non-binding application form now and take your first step towards becoming an intern in the USA!

Types of Internships

We distinguish between hospitality internships and professional business internships in other fields. Internships in hospitality are paid (at least minimum wage) whereas professional internships are unpaid. 

Hospitality Internship

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Would you like to gain work experience in a world-class hotel? A hospitality internship is for students and professionals in hotel management, culinary art, tourism or other internship fields that a 4- or 5-star-hotel, resort or fine dining restaurant might have to offer.

Intrax has a team of placement coordinators working out of San Francisco. They place you, according to your level of experience, in prestigious hotels such as the Marriott, Hilton, Ritz Carleton in attractive tourist regions all across the USA. Resorts tend to be in locations near an ocean. If you aim to rather work in a restaurant, it will be in a place considered fine-dining, often Michelin-rated. During your 12-month-internship or training in the USA, you will rotate through various departments and thus gain a lot of diverse experience in American business methods revolving around hospitality and tourism.

Before you accept an interview, you will receive an internship description detailing the departments you will get to know, the salary, what is expected of you, and either a link to the website or video of the host company. 

Professional Business Internship

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We pride ourselves in placing students in truly meaningful internship positions, directly related to their field of study. An internship in the USA usually lasts 2-6 months and is unpaid. Host companies understand and appreciate that this is a huge financial investment on your part in your professional development. They will respect and support your plans.

Through our years of experience as a J1 Visa sponsor for internships and trainings in the USA, we have a network of hundreds of potential host companies across the USA. Our focus is on placements in business, i.e. marketing, finance, HR, logistics. Other internship areas are also possible. Just contact us with your request. We, unfortunately, cannot help with placements in medicine, psychology, education, and social work. 

Many students want to go to New York or San Francisco. While we can definitely offer internship positions in these cities, please keep in mind that the costs of living are extremely high in both places.

Program Requirements

The internship and training programs are being closely monitored by the U.S. Department of State. In fact, the American government created the J1 internship visa with the specific purpose of enabling you and others to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive hands-on experience in U.S. business practices in your field of study. Because of this commitment, the U.S. Department of State defines the conditions of the internship and determines the host company and participant requirements. The government regularly audits the program and all sides involved, thus guaranteeing a meaningful experience.

To be eligible for the internship program, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • 18+ years old (20+ for trainees)

  • internship directly relates to your field of study

  • proof of funding of at least $1500 per month

  • advanced English language skills

  • at least two completed semesters at a university outside the USA, or degree acquired no longer than 12 months before program start (for interns)

  • for trainees: at least 1 year of work experience in your field of study

Step by Step to your Internship

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Your Application

Fill in an application form at least three months before your start date and upload your documents in the MyIntrax Portal (please create an account by registering first).

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Program Consulting Call

Schedule a Skype interview with us to tell us about yourself and learn more about the program. Use the Skype interview to practice presenting yourself online via webcam to a potential employer.

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Pay the Application Fee

Hospitality internships: 330€/$350 application fee. 
Business internships: 150€/$200 interview fee due once Intrax connects you with a company interested in interviewing you. 

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Internship Placement

Upon confirmation with both sides that the interview resulted in a placement offer and acceptance, please pay the remaining program fees.

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Apply for your Visa

Intrax issues your DS-2019 form which enables you to apply for a J1 visa at the American embassy or consulate of your choice.

 

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Prepare for your Departure

Once you have your visa, you can book a flight, receive pre-departure orientation information, and pack your suitcase!

Program Costs and Benefits

An internship is a valuable investment in your future. A work experience abroad appeals to employers and increases their trust in your abilities and their willingness to pay well. It also increases your self-confidence and helps you grow as a person.

However, an internship in the USA does cost money, which is why you will need to figure out the cost of living in your guest city and have a financial plan in place. To help you estimate how much money you will need, we would like to give you an overview of the costs as well as a few numbers on rent, transport, and food in popular cities in the USA such as New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. In general, you will need to financially plan for your flight, transportation, housing, including a security deposit for the first month’s rent, electricity, phone, internet, food, personal care products, leisure time activities, etc.

Our Program Prices

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Hospitality Internship
  • Participants from the Eurozone: 3090€ total for 12 months
  • Non-Eurozone: $3540 for 12 months
  • Application Fee (330€/$350) due after a consultation call with Ayusa-Intrax
  • Remaining fees due upon placement
  • J1 visa service included

 

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Professional Business Internship
  • Participants from the Eurozone: 1850 € for 2 months, 80 € for each additional month
  • Non-Eurozone: $2050 for 2 months, $90 for each additional month
  • Interview fee (150 €/$200) due before interview with an interested company
  • Remaining fees due upon placement
  • J1 visa service included in the price
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It is also possible to find your own internship placement. In this case, you can choose to only use our J1 visa service.

Do you need help financing your internship?

 

Contact your university’s international office and your department to inquire about funding options offered by your institution. They can also advise you about scholarships other students have successfully applied for in your school. Alternatively, you can search for government funding opportunities on a local, state or national level. Business associations, chambers of business, private foundations, local community clubs or private foundations might be willing to support your internship plans if you can convince them that you aim to use your experience for the benefit of your local community upon your return.

Your Benefits

Placement
  • Thorough program consultation

  • Interview preparation call

  • Optimization of application documents

  • Outreach to host companies in your field of study

  • Detailed internship description

  • Scheduling Skype call with interested host companies

J1 Visa
  • DS-2019 and J1 visa service upon confirmation of placement

     

  • $220 SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) fee paid for you by Intrax to the U.S. government

Insurance
  • Medical insurance in compliance with J1 regulations

Support
  • Pre-Departure orientation and online handbook

  • Emergency phone and on-program support service

Not included
  • U.S. consulate interview fee ($160)

  • Flights

  • Housing (we will provide tips and information)

  • Living expenses (check our FAQ section for more info)