Intern + Work in the United States

Today’s workforce is competitive, diverse, always connected, and rapidly changing. Increasingly, to succeed you must be able to communicate effectively and solve problems collaboratively across cultures.

With more than 50 years of experience facilitating exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, Cultural Vistas is uniquely positioned to help individuals gain the hands-on experience to address this challenge and advance their careers.

Intern and Work in U.S.

Global Talent Development: J-1 Internship, Trainee, and Teacher Exchanges

As a U.S. Department of State-designated J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor, Cultural Vistas annually provides visa sponsorship to more than 5,000 individuals from 135 countries enabling them to study, teach, and receive on-the-job training at U.S. host organizations for periods ranging from a few weeks to three years. 

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Train USA

Gain exposure to American culture and receive hands-on professional experience or training in U.S. business practices in your chosen occupational field.

J-1 Intern Programs
For students and recent graduates
Duration: Up to 12 months
J-1 Trainee Programs
For experienced professionals
Duration: Up to 18 months

Find out how to work + Train USA

International Teacher in class

Teach USA

Explore new teaching methods and bring an international perspective to American classrooms through full-time placements in U.S schools.

J-1 Teacher Programs
For experienced foreign educators
Duration: Up to 3 years

Find out how to Teach USA


German-American Workforce Development Program

Take your career to the next level with the German-American Workforce Development Program!

Obtaining a J-1 Visa for Internships in the USA: Information for German Apprentices (Auszubildende)

Learn more about the GAWDP

J-1 Scholars and Specialists 

J-1 Scholars and Specialists

Research Scholars are foreign nationals with demonstrated expertise in a given field whose primary purpose in the U.S. is to conduct research, observe, lecture or consult in connection with projects at American research institutions, corporate research facilities, or academic institutions.

Learn more about the research scholar designation

Grant Programs and Specialty Initiatives

Cultural Vistas also administers several U.S. exchange programs for international students and young professionals that include an internship or training component:

Head shot of program alumni Luke Beard who founded Exposure.

Alumni Spotlight: How a J-1 Internship Inspired a New Business

The idea for Exposure, a sleek and clean-as-a-whistle photography-based storytelling platform, was born while Luke Beard, a U.K. native, interned in the United States at Elepath, a product studio, through the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

There, the platform became the first product he worked on from end-to-end and less than five months into his time in the States, it launched to the public. In March of this year, it was spun into its own company.

Read more of “Alumni Spotlight: How a J-1 Internship Inspired a New Business”