Cultural Vistas Blog

Alumni Q+A: 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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Sowing the Seeds for ASEAN’s Bright Future

What could you do for your community if you had the funds and mentorship to make it happen?

That was the call to action for 2017’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future grantees.  And all 20 responded by pulling off projects that not only impacted their local areas—they affected the ASEAN community as a whole.

Eco Life Cambodia YSEALI Southeast Asia
The 20 projects completed across ASEAN included EcoLife Cambodia, which trained young adults to advocate for local green businesses.

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Exchange Tips: Extending Your J-1 Visa Internship or Training Program

Has your time in the United States as an intern or trainee flown by?  Or, are you a host company who knows your J-1 participant could learn much more with just a bit more time on a certain project? You’re in luck.

If your internship or training experience has proved fruitful and would benefit from some additional time, your program may be eligible for an extension – and the Train USA team at Cultural Vistas can help you to explore that possibility!

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Get to Know Our New CEO, Jennifer Clinton

It’s an exciting time and a milestone day at Cultural Vistas as Jennifer Clinton, Ph.D., officially takes the helm as our new President and Chief Executive Officer.

As you may have heard,  Jennifer joins us following a noteworthy tenure as President and CEO of Global Ties U.S.

We sat down with Jennifer to learn more about her diverse background and her vision for Cultural Vistas, and we discovered some fun facts about her along the way.

With more than 20 years of experience, Jennifer is a recognized leader across the fields of international education, nonprofit management, and government relations.

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