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Program Eligibility

You must meet all requirements to be eligible for the Intern USA Program.


  • Are proficient in English
  • Currently enrolled in and pursuing studies in a foreign degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution, outside the US, and taking an approved gap year off (University documentation required); OR
  • Have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to your internship program start date (copy of a University degree or certificate is required)
  • Sufficient funds to cover miscellaneous expenses until you receive your first stipend (US$2500 - US$3000).
  • The intent to pursue, as a career, the field in which the internship will take place or a similar field.
  • Have an internship position already arranged; or eligible and pre-screened for a Direct Placement Opportunity.

If you meet the above requirements and are ready for a once in a lifetime experience, then CCUSA’s Intern USA program is for you. Please email your country office to start your Intern USA application. After we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Note: Interns may return to the US for additional training if they meet the selection requirements and have been absent from the United States for no less than two years after the completion of their initial internship program.


Depending on the internship, you will be eligible for up to a 12-month J-1 Visa, although you can do shorter programs as well. On this visa you can only intern with the approved host company, and you are required to follow the training guide that was set up by that company.

Interns cannot work in unskilled or casual labor positions, in positions that require or involve childcare or elder care or in any kind of position that involves medical patient care or contact.  Nor can interns work in positions more than 20 percent clerical or office support work. Positions such as the following will not qualify for the program:

Job positions that are NOT allowed on the Intern USA Visa
Attendants, Parking Lot
Attendants (Service Workers such as Personal Service Attendants, Amusement and Recreation Service Attendants)
Automobile Service Station Attendants
Charworkers and Cleaners
Chauffeurs and Taxicab Drivers
Cleaners, Hotel and Motel
Clerks, General
Clerks, Hotel
Clerks and Checkers, Grocery Stores
Clerk Typist
Cooks, Short Order
Counter and Fountain Workers
Dining Room Attendants
Electric Truck Operators
Elevator Operators
Helpers, any industry
Hotel Cleaners
Household Domestic Service Workers
Key Punch Operators
Kitchen Workers
Laborers, Common
Laborers, Farm
Laborers, Mine
Loopers and Toppers
Material Handlers
Nurses' Aides and Orderlies
Packers, Markers, Bottlers and Related
Sailors and Deck Hands
Sales Clerks, General
Sewing Machine Operators and Handstitchers
Stock Room and Warehouse Workers
Streetcar and Bus Conductors
Telephone Operators
Truck Drivers and Tractor Drivers
Typist, Lesser Skilled
Ushers, Recreation and Amusement
Yard Workers