The BridgeUSA Intern & Trainee 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.

Benefits:

  • Learn the latest in American business trends and practices while making personal connections with leaders in your chosen career industry.
  • Put into practice your knowledge and talents while improving your skills training with specialists in your career.
  • Experience American business culture and discover what American businesses are looking for when hiring new employees and running efficient organizations.
  • Immerse yourself in the surrounding culture, establishing your new daily life routines in the U.S.

Categories:

  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services
  • Information Media and Communication; Management, Business
  • Commerce and Finance; The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations

The Process

GeoVisions is an officially designated U.S. Department of State sponsor for the BridgeUSA Intern and Trainee Programs. That means we understand the visa process and the requirements involved in receiving approval. We will support you through the following process either directly or together with our partner agency in your home country:

It all starts with a simple step! Filling the general contact form, which will take you through some basic questions to pre-assess your eligibility. Once we receive it, we will invite you for a quick call to talk and make sure this is a good option for you! We will discuss what you would like to get out of this experience and ensure you are eligible for the program based on the current regulations. We will also assess your English level to ensure suitability.

There are certain documents we have to collect as part of your application to the program. We’ll walk you through what is needed and give you access to our online application system so you can begin to complete the information.

We will support you through the interview and placement process to find the best opportunity for your program. We have a variety of placements to choose from depending on your career field and any other factors important to you (type of company, rate of pay, location, etc.) All of our placements offers are paid. If you have identified your own placement, we will review the offer and assist you with the necessary paperwork. All placements require a detailed and signed Training Plan.

Once your application is complete and host company placement secured, we will provide you with the required paperwork needed for your J-1 visa appointment.

You can request your J-1 visa appointment with your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate once you receive your DS-2019 and signed Training/Internship Placement Plan. This typically requires a fee of $160 for the appointment.

We provide the necessary help and support prior to your arrival to the U.S. to ensure your program gets off to a great start. Once here, we have a team dedicated to answering questions and providing help when needed 24-7.

As this is an exchange program, you are expected to go back home once your program is completed. You will be given a 30 day period to after your last day to complete all necessary processes and report back home.

Am I eligible?

GeoVisions BridgeUSA programs have specific requirements for participation.
Before you apply, make sure you meet the basic qualifications for the programs:

INTERNS

  • Must currently be a full-time student or
  • A recent graduate (No more than 12 months ago) holding a post-secondary academic degree from an institution outside of the U.S.
  • Must speak fluent English
  • Must commit to leaving the U.S. within thirty (30) days following the last day of the J1 program.
  • Positions are 6 – 12 months in duration

TRAINEES

  • Must be a recent graduate, or
  • A professional with at least 5 years of related work experience
  • Must speak excellent English
  • Must commit to leaving the U.S. within thirty (30) days following the last day of the J1 program.
  • Positions are 6 – 18* months in duration

GeoVisions Program Fees & Expenses

  • Screening for Program Eligibility
  • Host Company Application processing
  • Placement vetting
  • Visa Sponsorship
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • DS-2019 processing and shipping costs
  • SEVIS registration and administration
  • Personalized ongoing support with an GV Outreach Coordinator
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Medical insurance (Covering full program dates)
  • Cultural activities’ monitoring and support
  • Monthly check-ins
  • Administrative costs
Program Length Price
Trainee < 18 month $ 4,700.00
Intern or Trainee < 12 month $ 3,500.00
Intern or Trainee < 6 month $ 2,300.00
Intern or Trainee < 3 month $ 1,700.00

Fees specific to your placement will be outlined in the GeoVisions Program Disclosure Document.

GeoVisions advises that you bring at least $2,000 to the U.S. to cover your initial living expenses prior to receiving your first paycheck. Please note that the recommended amount does not include housing expenses.

(Note: Prices can change without notice. GeoVisions partner services will incur additional fees)

What This Program Includes

Guaranteed Placement
Position secured before arriving in the U.S. so you know exactly where you are going and start earning right away.

Resume and Interview Preparation
We help you with your resume and interview preparation so you make a great first impression to secure the right placement.

Orientation
We work with you in advance to prepare you for your adventure in the U.S. and provide you with an orientation about what to expect.

Customized Training Plan
We work with your employer to ensure the training plan is a unique experience and highlights all the skills and methodologies you will learn while on the program.

International Requirements
Guidance on visa requirements, travel medical insurance, and international flights.

Emergency Support
24/7 emergency support from our U.S. based support teams.

Tax Instructions
Help with obtaining needed tax file number and referral for tax support through Sprintax.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I check-in monthly with you?
    Yes. Because your safety is our primary concern, you will be required to check-in with us every month while you are abroad. But we are also here whenever you need us! We provide you with 24/7 support from our dedicated team of staff.
  • What is the host employer’s role?
    It’s an honor and a privilege for businesses to participate in the program. They will ensure you train alongside seasoned professionals and gain additional work experience to build upon your current skills.
  • How much does the program cost?
    Program costs and visa costs vary depending on the type of program you want.
  • How long does each program last?
    The Intern program lasts up to 12 months and the Trainee program, up to 18 months max.
  • The U.S. is so big – where will I be working?
    This will vary based on the position. We recommend candidates be flexible with their location choices, and we strongly encourage candidates to apply to multiple locations in the U.S.
  • Who will help me find housing?
    Some positions offer housing, and some do not. The good news is that we can provide you with housing recommendations. We inspect all our recommended housing options to ensure that the housing is affordable, safe, and close to your host company. Housing arrangements must be in place before arriving to the U.S.

Both your visa sponsor and employer must have your most current address and telephone contact information at all times while you are in the program.

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