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Internship: Internship programs are designed to allow foreign college and university students or recent graduates to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive hands-on experience in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field.

Trainee: Training programs are designed to allow foreign professionals to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive training in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field.


 INTERN  TRAINEE 

A foreign national who is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary
academic institution outside the United States – OR – graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his/her program start date.

A foreign national who has a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his/her occupational field acquired outside the United States – OR – five years of work experience outside the United States in his/her occupational field.

Maximum program duration: 12 months

Maximum program duration: 18 months, except Hospitality and Agriculture training programs are limited to a maximum duration of 12 months.

You can get more information at Department of States J-1 Visa Programs

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