Deciding to travel to the US to further your career is a big step. Deciding on what program and visa are right for you can be even more daunting. We help you cut through the online clutter and provide the information you need to make an informed decision to benefit you now and help you achieve success after you return home.

An internship in another country gives you a competitive advantage.

Probably the biggest struggle is that employers want candidates with experience, but many recent graduates have none to offer. Enter the internship.

A J-1 Visa program is a non-immigrant visa, issued by the United States to exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially to obtain work-based training within the U.S. About 300,000 foreign visitors from 200 countries travel to the United States to study and work every year via the J-1 Cultural Exchange Visitor Program.

The multifaceted programs allow international students, recent graduates and young professionals to come to the USA and expand their career while gaining valuable cultural experiences. You will have the opportunity to earn money while gaining hands-on experience to advance your career while exploring new places and learning about different cultures!

A J-1 Visa opens up many more opportunities than just experience.

Traveling abroad for hands-on training is a great way to set you apart from other applicants in your industry! Interning abroad can help with language skills, but also boosts in-demand soft skills such as teamwork, multitasking, communication, and problem-solving. An international internship can provide expanded global awareness and an increased understanding of different cultures. For many employers, these skills are crucial in recent graduates.

Related Reading: Intern and Trainee Program Benefits

Guess what? USA hotels and resorts benefit too!

The program is meant to facilitate cultural exchange between the United States and other nations, but certain categories such as intern and trainee make it an attractive option for employers.

Many organizations utilize the international internship program to develop a talent pipeline for their overseas offices. Most American employers can legally save almost 8% of their total payroll expenses by participating in the J-1 program. Another key benefit of hiring international workers is the increased diversity in your hotel and resort. You also expose your other employees to different cultures and help create a more robust team that is capable of assisting and understanding many more of your customers.

Related Reading: How Hotels and Resorts Benefit from J-1 Intern/Trainee Programs

Additional Reading: There are requirements to participate in the program, read How to Qualify for the J-1 Hospitality Program to help you determine which J-1 Cultural Exchange Program is right for you.

Are You Ready to Start Your Application?

We help hundreds of aspiring hospitality professionals every year as they research their options and venture into the US to grow their resume. We’ve answered a lot of questions during that time from excited young people just like you.

Start your application with HPUSA and let us help guide you through the application process to secure your J-1 visa and find a suitable paid position in the US with a Host Employer.