Experience International invites you to experience the U.S. through a unique practical training program within your career or academic field for up to 18 months.
Enology, Viticulture, Equine, Livestock, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Recreation, Turf Management, Environmental Education
Secure your own placement in these fields prior to applying
Secure your own placement in these fields prior to applying. This category also includes computer science and information technology
At the right you will find detailed information about our Exchange Visitor Program.
Placements can only be made in the applicant’s area of study or career field.
Applicants may need to apply through a program partner in their home country.
Placements are made two ways:
Once the placement has been identified
1-6 month program cost is:
7-12 month program cost is:
13-18 month program cost is:
Agricultural placements are often dictated by season. For crop, harvesting, vegetable, orchard, golf, recreation, and forestry placements, the most likely placement period is March-November. For Viticulture/Enology, placements are available Aug-Nov. Full year placements are more likely in livestock, animal production and cheese-making fields.
Trainees and interns in the private sector receive compensation from their hosts. Trainees/interns with government agencies are considered volunteers and receive reimbursement for subsistence. In private and public sector placements, the combination of room, board, wages, or reimbursement cover basic living expenses once in the United States. Each placement is unique and trainees/interns must be clear that the program is for gaining quality practical experience and not to just make money. Whatever the compensation and/or reimbursement ‘packet’, all trainees/interns will know the exact details before making a commitment.
The minimum wage in the U.S. varies by state and city and ranges from $7.25/hour to $15/hour.
All participants travel directly to their placement sites. Upon arrival, you will call to check in and we will validate your program in SEVIS so that you can begin. You will receive an Orientation Manual prior to travel. We will set up a time within the first weeks of your arrival to conduct a formal arrival orientation via SKPYE. During the SKPYE orientation, we will review the J-1 visa regulations & EI program rules and discuss cultural adaptation, living and working in the U.S., medical insurance, traveling, money, and safety.
All participants in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program are required to follow both Federal Guidelines and Experience International Program Policies. These guidelines and policies help ensure you have a safe and successful program in the United States. In accepting Experience International sponsorship as a trainee or intern, you agree to accept the Trainee/Intern Obligations and Responsibilities.
When your placement has been confirmed, Experience International will send you a DS2019. This is the form you need in order to apply for your J-1 visa. We will send you instructions for applying for the visa. There is a SEVIS fee and visa application fee you will need to pay in order to make your appointment with a U.S. Embassy in your country. Go to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for current information on visa application fees and processes.
Participants who have visited the U.S. on a J-1 visa previously may be eligible for a repeat J-1 program. Be sure to provide complete information regarding your previous J-1 visa program during the application process.
Both the intern and trainee categories allow repeat visas with the following rules:
Program participants are required to have personal medical and health insurance, including emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage, that meets J-1 visa regulation standards. Most participants will be required to enroll in the insurance policy offered through Experience International. This policy covers medical treatment of all accidents and illnesses that occur while in the U.S. It does not cover pre-existing conditions. A few of our program partners provide insurance policies that have been approved by EI. If your home country program partner provides approved insurance you may enroll in that program. Full insurance details will be provided with application.
All trainees and interns are required to pay taxes from any wage or stipend earned while in the USA. There are two parts to paying income taxes in the U.S.
In the case of J-1 exchange visitors, the tax form you must file is the 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ. You can download this form and obtain full information on how to file your tax return from the IRS website: www.irs.gov. Examples of these forms are given to you in the appendices of your orientation manual.
Discussion on paying taxes is a part of the EI Orientation for newly arriving interns and trainees.