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Welcome to IAESTE United States! We are excited to know that you are interested in participating in a training program in the United States. Whether you’re interning on the coast or in the plains, your experience in the United States will be eye-opening, informative, and will certainly help you improve your technical skills and English abilities. Keep reading to learn more about finding an internship in America.


IAESTE (pronounced “eye-ess-tay”), or the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences, is a global organization promoting intercultural exchange between students in STEM fields across the globe. The Association was first established in 1948, and now has more than eighty official member countries that host and send students abroad for technical internships each year. Students travel to host countries in the IAESTE network where they complete paid internships at companies, universities, and research organizations. The program was established in the United States in 1950 and is administered by Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit organization focused on building international careers.

How Does It Work?

In order to intern in the United States, all students and young professionals must acquire a J-1 visa. In addition to administering IAESTE in the United States, Cultural Vistas is a U.S. Department of State designated J-1 visa sponsor for the intern and trainee categories. The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program allows students and recent graduates to complete internships and traineeships in the United States with the goal of promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. For more information about the program, please visit the State Department website at

Who Can Apply?

Whether you have secured your internship through your home country’s IAESTE committee, or you have found an internship in the United States on your own, we might be able to assist you with J-1 visa sponsorship. Candidates must fit the eligibility requirements listed here:

How Do You Apply?

Students and recent graduates should reach out to IAESTE in their home country to find out more information about the application process. A list of member countries and contact information can be found here:

If you have already found an internship in the U.S., please visit our Visa Services page to learn more about how we can help you with this process.

Already Have An Internship?

If you already have an internship, please visit our Visa Services page to learn more about how we can help you with this process.

What's It Like To Intern In The U.S.?

Check out this award-winning video from our former IAESTE intern Gorazd: