Cultural Vistas Blog

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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Korean Interns Thrive at New York Construction Company

King Rose Construction hosts international interns from a variety of academic backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common: they’re all Korean. In the past few years, the New York-based contracting company has been home to seven interns through Cultural Vistas’ Korea WEST program, which brings Korean university students to the United States to study English, intern in an American company, and travel.

Korea WEST intern King Rose Contracting New York City
From left to right: Roseanne (logistics coordinator), Kipyo (Korea WEST), Woohyun (Korea WEST), and Boyang (estimating coordinator)

King Rose has no formal ties to Korea, and the Korea WEST interns that they host rarely have experience specifically in construction. And yet, the company has found WESTies, as they are affectionately known, to be a perfect fit for their office. In the last year alone, the company has had four Korean interns.

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At Per Se, International Chefs Take a Seat at the Table

Excepting certain Thomas Keller main-stays, you’ll see a different menu every time you walk you through Per Se’s blue doors. This creativity is in part due to the diverse staff that collaborates in the Per Se Kitchen, including international trainees.

With Chef de Cuisine Eli Kaimeh at its helm, the three Michelin-starred New York restaurant invents new concepts for their nine-course tasting menu daily. While the overall vision of the restaurant is Thomas Keller’s, the whole kitchen staff of 40 is involved in planning the next day’s dishes. “[It’s] usually a discussion by everybody sitting around a table. And that [really] includes everybody,” said Kaimeh

Per Se’s main dining room. The Michelin three-starred restaurant is located across from Central Park in the Time Warner Center. Photo by: Peter Plotica

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How I Experienced the Five Senses of India

Coming to India for the Cultural Vistas Fellowship was my first major international trip, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous about living on the other side of the world.

But a while ago, I learned a handy tactic for calming my nerves when I start to feel overwhelmed. You take a few breaths, then run down the five senses – sight, smell, taste, sound, and feel – and mentally list everything you’re experiencing in that moment. The exercise forces me to shift focus and, if only for a few minutes, center myself in the present.

Cultural Vistas Fellows Pondicherry India
Raigon on a rocky beach in Pondicherry, India

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