J-1 Internship Host Employer Responsibilities

The primary objectives of the J-1 Internship and Trainee programs are to enhance the skills and expertise of participant through participation in guided work-based training and internship programs and to improve participants’ knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and technology. Such training and internship programs are also intended to increase participants’ understanding of American culture and society and to enhance Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associates.


  • Ensure that training and internship programs provide a balance between the participants’ learning opportunities and their contributions to the organizations in which they are placed.
  • Ensure the program must contain at least 3 departmental or functional rotations.
  • Understands that all positions must provide a minimum of 32 hours per week and agrees that duties of Participants will not involve more than 20% clerical work and is not unskilled or casual labor.
  • Will provide continuous onsite supervision and mentoring of trainees and interns by experienced and knowledgeable staff.
  • Will conduct required midpoint and final evaluation
  • Will notify us promptly of any concerns about, changes in, or deviations from Training/Internship  Placement Plan during training and internship programs. If the host begins to see performance concerns which may result in the termination of the participant, the host employer should contact HPUSA immediately. HPUSA will act as facilitator to help resolve any concerns between the J1 cultural exchange participant, the sponsor and the host employer.
  • Arrange “Cultural Activities” for the participants to give them a taste of American culture.
What Hosts Say

“I wanted personally to thank you and say that it was a great pleasure working with you all these years and thank you for all the fabulous interns! Thank you for all you’ve done to help us.”

Laurel Ehret,
Renaissance, Portsmouth VA