Cultural Homestay International's Internship Program is a practical "on-the-job" training in an American business for overseas University students and young professionals. The Internship bridges the Intern's course of study to their career development objectives. While CHI Interns gain practical knowledge in their specialized fields, the American staff gains international cultural and business awareness. The Interns not only gain valuable insight into the American business methods and practices, they immerse themselves into the American society and culture.
Benefit your Business
Cultural Homestay International would like to invite you to consider the many benefits of welcoming a well-educated and highly motivated international Intern in your enterprise. Your staff will not only learn about the Intern's country and its culture, but the eagerness of the participant to learn, the cross-pollination of ideas, and novel, "outside-the-box" thinking will make your young overseas professional a valuable member of your work team.
Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is designated by the U.S. Department of State to issue Form DS 2019 for J-1 Internship visas to qualified Internship applicants.
Cultural Homestay International (CHI) would like to invite you, young professionals, university students and recent college graduates, to consider the many benefits of the CHI Internship Program (IP). The practical experience in an American Host Business gives you the opportunity to put your educational knowledge and your university major "to work" in your chosen professional field. In the process you will gain an in-depth understanding of the American business, society and culture. The Internship experience will contribute significantly to the realization of your future career goals.
CHI offers two program options:
1) Self-arranged Internship
2) CHI-arranged Internship
CHI works in partnerships with student exchange organizations in 42 countries. They will guide you in the application procedures, administer tests and will evaluate your credentials. Final decision is made by the CHI's Internship Admissions Department in San Anselmo, California. They are authorized to issue Form 2019 for the J-1 visa, which may be valid for up to 12 months.
Cultural Homestay International's field staff works tirelessly to make sure your Internship is successful, meaningful and beneficial to your professional growth.
To apply to the program, contact CHI's Partner agencies. Click on the map to find them.
The business world is rapidly globalizing. Have your company be one of the first to bring an international perspective into your office.
CHI invites your company to become one of the many businesses benefiting from hosting a well educated and motivated international Intern in their workplace. Your company offers the Intern the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in their specific professional field of interest while, at the same time, building an international and multi-cultural business climate.
Interns are expected to learn through different methods employed by your individual business and its practices. Because the American business spectrum is so diverse there is a great deal to offer an Intern who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the variety of business styles offered in the US. At the same time the Intern can bring to your company a perspective that may be new and fresh to your way of doing business.
Hosting an international Intern is a rewarding experience for both the business and for the Intern.
Your Company's Benefits
What CHI Provides
CHI has developed lasting relationships with families in communities throughout the United States.
CHI's host families have often hosted students and participants from many of our other programs. Host families generally have an interest in international travel and culture, and love to learn about the participants they host. Host families provide half board on the weekdays, and full board on the weekends for the participants.
Your company completes a Training/Internship Placement Plan (TIPP) syllabus specifically outlining the goals and the objective of the internship program. The purpose of the TIPP is to ensure that your company and the Intern have a mutual understanding of the Intern's duties and expectations. Your company will need to provide a mid-term and final evaluation based on the Intern accomplishing the TIPP objectives.
Students come from wide variety of countries and these countries face different socio-economic realities, because of this our students apply for paid position mostly.
The Intern is paid a stipend starting from $1200 a month to assist with cost of living in U.S.
Providing housing, meals, and/or transportation is completely at the discretion of your company. While the Intern and CHI welcome and appreciate any assistance you may offer, you are not obligated to provide room and board or transportation.
All CHI Intern applicants are required to thoroughly complete an application form as well as submit a letter of intent, resume, three letters of recommendation, and verification of English language proficiency. All this information is available for your review. Also, if there are additional corporate requirements such as Intern's school transcripts, sample work and/or request for a phone interview, CHI is able to furnish and arrange these requests.
The J-1 visa is issued to overseas visitors for educational and cultural exchange purposes only. While an intern may earn money, it is not a work visa. CHI is a designated sponsor to oversee exchange visitors including Interns in the Internship Program and to provide required paperwork for exchange visitors to apply for the J-1 visa. The J-1 visa category was established by the U.S. government through the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 in order to promote the foreign policy objectives of the U.S. and to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural activities.
CHI is designated to sponsor interns in the following 6 general occupational categories:
• Arts and Culture
• Information Media and Communications
• Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services
• Management, Business, Commerce and Finance (including Hospitality and Hotel Management)
• The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations
• Public Administration and Law
CHI is not authorized, under the Internship category, to sponsor interns to work in fast-food establishments, counter work, as au pairs or any domestic work, such as babysitting or house- keeping, camp counselor, medical interns or anything involving hands-on therapy, counseling, administering medical treatment or making diagnoses of medical, psychiatric or psychological patients. Also, CHI is not authorized to sponsor participants to intern as crew members on a ship or airplane or as pilots.
Extra-curricular employment outside the participant's CHI J-1 internship program is strictly prohibited.
The Department of State has implemented a system called SEVIS, which keeps a record of international students who are participating on exchange programs. SEVIS enables sponsors to transmit participant information to the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and DOS (the Department of State). Only sponsor agencies are allowed to enter the SEVIS system and validate participants' visas.
You will be issued a J-1 visa for the exact dates listed on your DS-2019 form (e.g. your legal internship dates). Also, upon entry into the U.S., a Form I-94 will be attached to your passport. The I-94 indicates the last day you may be in the U.S. on this J-1 visa. Alternatively, "D/S" may be stamped on the I-94 card instead of an actual date. "D/S" is an abbreviation for "Duration of Status" which is equivalent to the specified time indicated on the DS-2019 form plus a 30- day "grace" period reserved for travel purposes only.
NO. Once your DS dates have expired, you are no longer in a bona fide sponsored internship program and cannot continue at the Host Business. You have the option of either returning home or staying in the U.S. an additional 30 days beyond the expired DS dates for the exclusive purpose of travel. If you wish to remain in the U.S. to travel longer than the 30 days allowed following the program, you need to contact the Office of Homeland Security and request a change of status to a B-2 (tourist) visa. You will need to complete the OHS form I-539 and pay a fee of $75. The Office of Homeland Security recommends that the tourist visa application be submitted 45 days prior to the expiration of the participant's J-1 visa. As a reminder, you are responsible for purchasing appropriate insurance to cover the travel period following the internship program.
Yes, as long as you are enrolled in a post-secondary institution or have graduated within 12 months.
NO. CHI cannot release you in the U.S. from its J-1 program in order for you to transfer to another J program.
CHI is unable to transfer a participant who is currently on an F-1 student visa in the U.S. to CHI's J-1 visa. The participant MUST return home in order to apply for CHI's IP.