Hosting an international trainee or intern is rewarding and productive! We invite you and your business to participate in our unique international exchange program.
The Experience International Program is a US State Department designated J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. With us, you can host a trainee or intern for 1-18 from almost anywhere in the world. We match hosts with students and professionals from abroad to work, learn, share, and enhance your place of business. You can choose one of our applicants or let us provide a program for someone you already know!
As a host, you will:
Trainees and interns are interviewed and carefully screened by Experience International and our program partner in their home country. They submit a full application that includes a resume, references, and a detailed placement request. Based on the applications and interviews, they are then qualified for the program.
There are two basic ways in which you can host through the program:
Hosts submit an application and training plan to EI outlining the business and types of opportunities that could be provided. Once we have a good idea of what you offer, we match applicants with available positions. As part of the placement process, trainees review the training plan provided by the host and hosts review applicant resumes and references. EI assists with the basics of writing a training plan and hosts have a chance to speak with prospective applicants over Skype or the phone before a commitment is made.
Once both host and trainee agree, we move forward with the necessary paperwork.
Hosts are farmers, businesses, public agencies, private organizations, researchers, or educators in fields related to agriculture, horticulture, food processing, forestry, fisheries, natural resource management, natural sciences, engineering, computer science, business, marketing or conservation. Hosts have an interest in sharing their industry knowledge, learning about the world, and mentoring international trainees/interns. Requirements include:
You can request an trainee/intern for 1-18 months, depending on the season that matches your industry’s needs.
As a host, you provide minimum wage (or higher) or a combination of stipend, room, and/or board equal to minimum wage (or higher). There is also a $95 monthly fee and a one-time-only $250 application fee paid to Experience International to enable a site visit. The program is entirely self-funded and your monthly contribution makes it all possible.
The staff at Experience International are happy to answer inquiries from both experienced and prospective hosts. And, as a host to an international trainee/intern, you can expect ongoing support from EI program staff who will work closely with you to ensure a positive and productive experience, including:
Trainees and interns with a J-1 visa are exempt from Federal Payroll taxes (benefit to host), but are subject to Federal Withholding. In most cases they are subject to all State Payroll Taxes and Withholding. Complete information is provided in the Host Manual.
Additional information is available in IRS Pub 15; Circular E; Employer’s Tax Guide: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf
The J-1 visa was established to enable nonimmigrant foreign nationals to legally enter the United States for participation in educational and cultural activities. To implement this program, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) designated a limited number of organizations, such as Experience International, to sponsor J-1 trainees/interns to the U.S. for practical training and work experience in specified fields.
J-1 Visa Regulations for U.S. Hosts require:
For additional information on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and the Federal Regulations governing the program, see the Office of Exchange Visitor Programs:
"I feel that the program is well managed and solid, a great benefit to trainees and hosts, with some added benefit to employees and all those around and working with the trainees. A great cultural benefit to all!"
"We truly enjoy working with the exchange program. The program works really well with our seasonal business and it is such a great pleasure working with these different trainees from around the world. I hope they learn from us, but I know for sure, we learn a lot from them."
"Kati learned almost every facet of our program, both on the field and administrative sides. Her flexibility made her invaluable. She has [now] founded her own environmental non-profit organization in Estonia."
"Matt revolutionized our program. He streamlined our systems, learned and applied very complex trail construction and stone masonry techniques, developed an entirely new web site, and taught others to excel. It is not often in life that someone steps into an organization with an opportunity to help set standards and develop manageable systems. Matt has developed confidence and skill sets that will continue to serve him well."
"Our trainee brought a very strong, independent work ethic. She was very proactive and retained a very positive attitude and positive relations with colleagues. She shared her knowledge and experiences from France and offered an insight into the French culture. Overall, she was a wonderful person to work with!"
"Our trainee is extremely intelligent, professional and a hard worker, dependable and strong in the face of challenges."
“Szabina brought great enthusiasm and energy to the team, and eagerly tackled all tasks that came her way. Being a small company means we need to be able to adapt and pivot quickly to new projects and changes, and she joined in that role well.”