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
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.
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
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.
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 $2000 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
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
- $/€ 3000 total for 12 months internship or training
- Discount for Culinary placements:$/€ 2750 for 12 months
- Application fee ($/€ 450)
- Remaining fee due upon placement
- J1 visa service, SEVIS and insurance included
- 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
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.
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
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
Medical insurance in compliance with J1 regulations
Pre-Departure orientation and online handbook
Emergency phone and on-program support service
U.S. consulate interview fee ($185)
Housing (we will provide tips and information)
Living expenses (check our FAQ section for more info)