Cultural Vistas Blog

U.S. Internships Make a World of Difference for Women in Business

In honor of Women’s History Month, Cultural Vistas recently launched the Coalition for American Business Skills by hosting a special roundtable discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on how internships and structured training programs with American companies can act as a game-changer for aspiring women entrepreneurs around the world.

An engaged audience of over 40 businesspeople, NGO representatives, and foreign embassy officials gathered on Wednesday, March 28 to learn more about the work of the Coalition and hear from accomplished female leaders about the vast local and global economic benefits of U.S. internships, and how they promote entrepreneurship and empower women.

📷: View more photos from our roundtable event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The roundtable topic reflected the Coalition’s core belief that immersion in the U.S. workplace via J-1 internships and training programs is a catalyst for growth – for both American businesses and in the careers of motivated youth around the globe.

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Big Apple Internship Launches Big Career Down Under

Adam played soccer for 15 years while growing up in Australia. Having always been a lover of the game, he was moved by the excitement in his country after the Australia national team qualified for the 2006 World Cup. Australia hadn’t qualified for the World Cup since 1974, and had even struggled to maintain competition on a national level. The newfound buzz from the World Cup impressed Adam so much that he decided to make a career for himself out of further promoting Australian soccer.

During the next few years, Adam recognized the limitations of his chosen career path in Australia itself. He realized he would need international exposure and experience to make a difference back home. To achieve this, he looked to the United States, which is known for its sports marketing industry.

J1-Visa Train USA alumni
Adam (left) interned in New York City for 12 months in 2013 through the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, an experience that continues to pay dividends today.

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CBYX Blurs the Lines Between Hosts and Families

Whether it’s watching Keeping up with the Kardashians or the German crime drama Tatort, sharing an excursion to the former East/West German border, or checking out the Gum Wall in Seattle, cultural exchange takes on many different forms for Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) participants.

Many American and German participants are placed with host families during their year abroad to facilitate their immersion. But for a couple of families, the connection to the program runs deeper than that.

CBYX Germany Exchange Students Host Families
Sophie with her youngest host sister at the Gum Wall in Seattle

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Portuguese Alum Lands ‘Dream Job’ Following U.S. Internship

Ever since beginning his studies in software engineering, João Almeida had dreamt about the possibility of coming to the United States. Flash forward to the fall of 2017 and what was once a dream was now a reality. Upon completing his master’s degree, João, a native of the Portuguese coastal city of Porto, fulfilled his long-sought career goal by landing a professional internship in New York City through IAESTE.

And while he only wrapped up his internship a few months ago, his experience, made possible through the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, has already paid major dividends.

We recently caught up with João to learn about his experience interning at Cultural Vistas and what he’s up to now.

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Coast to Coast: Experiencing America on J-1 Exchanges

We covered a lot of ground in 2017!

Over the course of the year, we welcomed international students, scholars, teachers, trainees, and emerging leaders to the United States from over 100 different countries.

For all of these individuals, the experience of America extends far beyond the workplace and their professional internship and training programs, and into the fabric of communities in almost all 50 states.

As J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsors, we make sure that’s the case by organizing and hosting a calendar of cultural activities and events spanning both coasts and in between.

In 2017, we hosted over 30 events with something for everyone on offer—from museum visits to attending the oldest continuously-running rodeo and volunteering at the biggest one-day sporting event in the world, the New York City Marathon.

For the third-straight year, Cultural Vistas’ interns and trainees volunteered at the world-renowned the New York City Marathon.

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