The J-1 Intern/Trainee program’s primary purpose is a cultural exchange training opportunity to enhance the skills and expertise of the interns in their academic or occupational fields.  Eligible participants in the Intern program are fulltime students or recent graduates who participate in a work-based learning environment of up to 12 months to develop practical skills that will enhance their future careers. Eligible participants in the Trainee program have either a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution & at least one year of prior related work experience or five years of work experience. The training program that is provided is guided work-based training that will improve the participant’s knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and technology.  These programs offer a cultural experience that include meeting and training with local Americans, seeing local attractions and experiencing firsthand the typical activities in their local community.

Once an Intern/Trainee has successfully completed their work training component, they will have up to 30 days to travel the U.S. to enjoy the sites and prepare to return home.

Interns/Trainees who participate in a J-1 program must have a sponsor who is responsible for the oversight of their program.  Before the participants enter the U.S., GEC facilitates the application process and determines applicant eligibility to apply for a J-1 visa at the U.S. embassy in their home country. Our placements with Host Organizations are screened and vetted for J-1 suitability including the review of training plans that directly relate to the intern’s field of study and offer appropriate training experiences. GEC does not partner or approve Host Organizations that cannot meet the strict vetting requirements or those that do not understand and fully support the cultural purpose of these programs.

Once the Intern/Trainee has arrived in the U.S., GEC supports the intern/trainee in an effort for a positive life changing experience in the U.S.