Part of the J-1 visa category of the U.S. government's Exchange Visitor Program, the Trainee program affords international students and young professionals from around the world the unique opportunity to gain valuable practical training experience in the U.S. for up to 18 months.
Designed specifically to provide participants with knowledge and skills that will promote their future career development, it requires that participants undertake a program of training that relates to their current field of study or chosen career path, thus ensuring that participants can contribute to their Host Company while at the same time learning useful American methodologies and techniques.
With its clear focus on providing structured, on-the-job training to qualified international students and young professionals, the Trainee Program has proven time and again to be a mutually rewarding experience, aiding Trainees in their personal and professional development while helping Host Companies to internationalize and diversify their workplace.
To learn more about the J-1 Visa or the Exchange Visitor Program, please visit the U.S. Department of State.
Review the Process
In order to be accepted into the program, every Trainee must submit an official Trainee Program application to US Opportunites through the U.S. Opportunites representative in the Trainees home country or country of residence. This application includes two sections, one to be completed by the Trainee applicant, the other by a Host Company representative.
Upon receipt, U.S. Opportunites reviews all Trainee Program application materials to ensure that the proposed training falls in line with program regulations and is relevant to the applicants academic/professional background and career objectives. Additionally, U.S. Opportunites also contacts each Host Company to verify its intent to provide training and to ensure that the company has sufficient resources to provide the proposed training.
Once an application is approved, a DS-2019 form is issued to the Trainee. To receive a J-1 Visa, every Trainee must interview at the U.S. Embassy or a US Consulate in his or her home country, presenting embassy officials with this form and answering questions regarding his or her proposed program. The DS-2019 serves as their ???‚¬??Certificate of Eligibility to train and lists the official program dates. If the Trainee successfully completes this interview, the J-1 Visa is placed in his or her passport and he or she is legally authorized to participate in the Trainee Program.
Host Company Responsibilities
To participate in the Trainee Program, your company must be able to deliver a structured, practical training program and to abide by a few basic program regulations.
A qualified Host Company must be able to provide the Trainee with those resources essential to his or her training. These resources include a proper workspace and equipment necessary to complete the proposed training. Additionally, the Host Company must provide ongoing supervision of the Trainee through identified supervisors who have experience in the industry/field and can thus provide relevant guidance and support. Trainee supervisors also need to evaluate the Trainee periodically throughout the program, providing him or her with feedback to aid in his or her professional development.
Trainee Program is designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas, knowledge, and culture between U.S. professionals and aspiring young foreign students or young professionals. If your company is seeking to fill a temporary labor need by hosting an international Trainee, or has an interest in hiring a Trainee permanently at the end of the training program, your intentions do not match the spirit and intent of the Exchange Visitor Program.
Recruit an International Trainee
U.S. Opportunites offers services designed to support your efforts to locate qualified candidates for open training positions at your company.
If you have an interest in hosting an international trainee, but aren't sure how to begin to design your training position or to recruit qualified candidates, look no further than U.S. Opportunites Trainee Select recruitment service. Companies that participate in the Trainee Select service will work closely with a U.S. Opportunites specialist to develop structured training positions. Only qualified applicants are forwarded to participating companies for review. There is no fee associated with this service.
If you are interested in learning more about U.S. Opportunites's Trainee Program, and the variety of ways we can assist your company in recruiting qualified Trainee candidates, you can email us to: email@example.com, call us at 305-926-6908, or complete the contact form by clicking here.