Do I Qualify as an Intern or Trainee?

To qualify for the HPUSA J1 Cultural Exchange Program: 


Must hold a hospitality or hotel related Degree or Diploma plus one year of full-time hospitality related work experience outside the United States OR have at least 5 years of relevant work experience.


Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a post-secondary academic institution outside    United States or have graduated in the past 12 months with a hospitality/ hotel/ tourism degree. Some hospitality related experience or on the job training in the position you are applying for is preferred.

To participate in this once in a lifetime experience, you must: 

  • Have proficient English skills to perform in both social and training activities.
  • Have a permanent residence in your home country, which you do not intend to abandon.
  • Intend to depart the U.S. upon completion of the program. You may establish this by presenting evidence of economic, social and/or family ties in your homeland.
  • Train in the U.S. in a field that would be useful in your homeland, and therefore induce to you to leave the U.S. upon completion of studies.
  • Be committed to training in the U.S. for the duration of program.
  • Qualify for basic health insurance provided by the sponsor organization for the duration of the program.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be in good health to perform the program outlined.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover all expenses and accommodation on arrival in USA.
What Participants Say

“Thanks a lot for your support and guidance. You made my dream come true, ma’am. I have experienced first snow in Vernon, NJ, USA for the first time in my life. It’s an amazing experience, I just don’t have words to express that happiness. Thanks to HPUSA for guiding me all the way to my culinary journey in United States of America!! My training is going well. It’s very useful for me to make my career stronger and better. I am learning and experiencing many new things which I had not come across so far. Thank you HPUSA for providing me such a wonderful opportunity.”

Ashok Saripalli
Crystal Springs Resort