Marketing and finance internships & traineeships program

Our marketing and finance J-1 program will provide you the opportunity to gain international business experience in the USA. Participating in this program will help advance your career in your home country.


Find a marketing or finance Internship

Our business, finance, admin and marketing internships program requires that you find a placement before you apply. There are hundreds of different online internship search engines in the United States that can help you find your ideal internship.

Contact HPUSA at to confirm the employer meets the requirements for the program.

Apply online to Determine Eligibility
Complete the HPUSA Online Application and Resume and HPUSA will review your resume and business internship offer to determine eligibility.  You will be able to ask us any questions you have while you’re working on completing your online application and uploading your registration documents.

Registration Interview
You will complete a Skype Welcome and Registration Interview with HPUSA. You’ll sign the HPUSA Participant Confirmation and Terms & Conditions. You’ll have the option to either pay the full program fee at this stage or just pay the registration fee.

Host Employer
At the same time, we will also be contacting your host employer to meet with them and complete the necessary vetting. Once approved, additional documents will be required and communicated to you.  We will confirm your placement offer and training plan for signing. Any remaining program fees are due to be paid now.

Sponsor Processing
We will upload your application and signed documents for sponsor processing. This may include a Skype interview with the sponsor and completing an online orientation quiz.  We will confirm when the DS kit is ready to be sent.

Prepare for your visa interview
Receive your DS Kit and Schedule your Visa appointment

Secure your visa and arrive in the USA!
Attend your visa interview and prepare for your arrival to the USA!

Participant Eligibility

Marketing and finance internships are open to

  • Students currently enrolled full-time in a degree or professional certificate program in a college, university, or other post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S.
  • Individuals who have graduated from these institutions within 12 months of the internship start date
  • Internships must be directly related to the intern’s academic field of study in business, finance, administration or marketing
  • Interns must have finished at least one year of their degree program and have completed sufficient academic coursework in their academic field before their program start date in order to be sufficiently prepared for their U.S. internship
  • Internships may be 1-12 months in duration
Training programs are open to
  • Individuals who hold a degree or professional certificate from a college, university or other post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. and at least one year of related professional experience from outside the U.S.
  • Individuals with at least five years of related professional experience from outside the U.S.
  • Training programs must be related to applicants’ occupational field of business, finance, administration or marketing.
  • All trainee applicants must also be able to document their current and previous related occupational experience from current/former employers outside the U.S.
  • Training programs may be 1-18 months in duration.

Employer Eligibility Requirements for the Marketing and Finance Internship Program

  • Abide by all federal, state and local labor and occupational health and safety laws, including wage and hour laws.
  • Provide proof of workers compensation or equivalent insurance that covers J-1 participants (or proof of exemption), a Federal Identification Number and copy of business registration.
  • Provide a professional work environment, offering no more than 20% clerical or basic work to participants in an office-type setting (home-based businesses are not permitted).
  • Be in business and operational for at least six months and have an English-language website and company-branded email addresses.
  • Employers must have 25 or more full time employees and 3 million plus in revenue.
  • Interview candidates via phone, webcam, or in person
  • Agree to complete mandatory program evaluations, reply to all HPUSA communication in a timely fashion, notify HPUSA in case of an emergency or any changes to the training plan or supervision.
  • Provide full-time (32-45 hrs. per week), professional-level training and not displace American workers.
  • By completing the DS-7002 training plan, develop a marketing or finance internship program that allows candidates to obtain skills, knowledge, and competencies through structured and guided training. These programs may NOT be used for ordinary employment purposes or unskilled labor.
  • Ensure Interns and Trainees have sufficient opportunity to be exposed to U.S. culture and business practices and that your American staff is exposed to the culture and business practices of each candidate’s home country.
  • Not attempt to extend an offer of employment or change the visa status of your Interns or Trainees, as it is required that they return home after completing the program.

Please note, HPUSA does not provide placement and will not sponsor business, finance, administration & marketing interns in hospitality organizations, such programs fall under our hospitality/tourism designation.

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