FUSIA is a designated sponsor for the J-1 Internship program and the Early Career STEM Research Initiative.
Eligible foreign nationals may intern in the US through participation in the US Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visa Program (EVP), also known as the J-1 program or BridgeUSA.
J-1 internships, within the 15 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) categories, are for eligible foreign nationals who are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated (within the past 12 months) from a ministerially approved degree or certificate-granting university outside the United States.
To intern in the US under the EVP’s J-1 program, you will need to (a) secure a suitable host and a full-time, academically relevant, entry-level internship that ranges from 3 weeks to 12 months and (b) identify a designated sponsor in the J-1 intern category.
At a Glance
The Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), commonly referred to as Bridge USA, offers a wide range of cultural exchange, educational, and skill-building opportunities for eligible foreign nationals. Through its 15 programs, participants gain valuable practical experience, broaden their horizons, and enhance their skill sets, contributing to stronger international connections and fostering global understanding.
The Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) offers diverse cultural exchange and educational opportunities for eligible foreign nationals, fostering mutual understanding and global connections.
The J-1 internship program offers eligible foreign nationals the opportunity to gain hands-on experience aligned with their academic studies at qualified host organizations, with internship durations ranging from 3 weeks to 12 months.
The J-1 internship program is for foreign nationals who are currently enrolled in or have graduated within the past 12 months from a foreign-ministerially recognized degree- or cert-granting academic institutions outside the US.
The J-1 Internship Program’s success relies on the combined efforts of the designated sponsor, exchange intern, host organization, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security.
To apply for the J-1 Internship Program, prospective interns first secure a host organization and internship in the US, then identify a designated J-1 sponsor to facilitate their participation in the EVP.
The J-1 Internship Program offers a transformative cultural exchange and professional growth experience. Through participation, J-1 interns gain hands-on experience, build connections, and more.
The J-1 Internship Program brings valuable benefits to US host companies and organizations, including fresh perspectives and enhanced competitiveness.
J-1 intern designated sponsors charge a nominal fee to support essential sponsor duties ensuring a smooth process and compliance.