J-1 Internships and Traineeships

BelCham is officially authorized by the U.S. Department of State to act as a sponsor for the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program. BelCham welcomes applicants of all nationalities for J-1 internships and traineeships in the fields of Arts & Culture; Management, Business, Commerce, & Finance; as well as Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, & Industrial Occupations.

J-1 Internships are designed for students and recent graduates wishing to stay up to 12 months in the USA. J-1 Traineeships are for more experienced candidates wishing to stay up to 18 months in the USA. J-1 Host Companies must already be or become a BelCham Business Member to host a J-1 intern or trainee.

Internships are an excellent way for students and those who graduated less than 1 year ago to experience first hand the American professional work environment and culture. Internships are an invaluable resume addition and increase one’s chances of a smooth transition into a professional career later in life.

Application Requirements: INTERNS

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Your English level has to be proficient
  • Your internship has to match your course of study
  • You are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States -OR-
  • You have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to your exchange visitor program start date.

Application Process

  1. Apply for BelCham Young Individual membership
  2. Work with BelCham to secure a host company
  3. Collect the necessary documents
  4. Fill out the J-1 Application. Processing time is 3 weeks to arrange when we’ve received all documents
  5. Arrange visa interview and prepare to make your dreams reality!

Pricing

    • BelCham Young Individual Membership: USD $50.00/year
    • 1-6 Months Internship: USD $950.00* -OR-
    • 6-12 Months Internship: USD $1350.00*

  • Extension or Changing Host Company: USD $150.00*
  • *Applicants directly pay additional U.S. Department of State fees

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Traineeships are up to 18-month long professional training experiences that familiarize young professionals with American business culture. They provide the perfect opportunity to hone skills and adopt US methodologies.

Application Requirements: TRAINEES

  • You have to be at least 18 years old
  • Your English has to be proficient
  • You have a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in your occupational field outside the United States; -OR-
  • You have five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which you are seeking training

Application Process

  1. Apply for BelCham Young Individual membership
  2. Work with BelCham to secure a host company
  3. Collect the necessary documents
  4. Fill out the J-1 Application. Processing time is 3 weeks to arrange when we’ve received all documents
  5. Arrange visa interview and prepare to make your dreams reality!

Pricing

  • BelCham Young Individual Membership: USD $50.00/year
  • 1-6 Months Traineeship: USD $950.00*  -OR-
  • 6-12 Months Traineeship: USD $1350.00*  -OR-
  • 12-18 Months Traineeship: USD $1850.00*

  • Extension or Changing Host Company: USD $150.00*
  • *Applicants directly pay additional U.S. Department of State fees

More questions?

Ready to Start?

There are many advantages to hosting an international intern or trainee at your company, ranging from financial benefits, to strengthening international ties, cultural exchange and enrichment. You will also be actively shaping the future, and that’s a very big reward in and of itself. BelCham guides your company through the entire application process and takes care of all the paperwork.

J-1 Host Company Eligibility

  • Company has existed as an American entity for at least 2 years
  • Company employs at least 2 full-time employees that are American citizens or green card holders
  • Company has sufficient means to supervise & train the intern/trainee

J-1 Host Company Application

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Featured Internships / Traineeships

Apply for a J-1 visa

If you have found a host company, then you can apply for the J-1 program below.

Apply as a host company

Host company with a pre-approved J-1 applicant? Submit your documents!

Submit your Arrival Report

Have you arrived in the United States? Submit your arrival report!

Apply for a J-1 visa

Have you found a host company? Then apply right here, right now!

Meet our J-1’s

lauracarpels

“Last year I did an internship with Samsung. BelCham helped me out with the process of my J-1 visa. With the help of BelCham I’ve had the most wonderful experience of my life.”

Laura Carpels, Internship at Samsung

aida-kalanderi

“Thanks to BelCham I am taking those important steps in life that help you grow as an individual. It’s an incredible journey.”

Aida Kalanderi, Trainee

J-1 in numbers

+150
interns and trainees

98%
success rate for eligible applicants

3
weeks turnaround on average

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time to lose