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Traineeship Program




1 year

About the Program

What is our Traineeship Program? 

Our Traininship 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. You will enhance your skills expertise in your academic or occupational fields through participation in a structured and guided training-based program.

What's included in the price? 

Our program fee includes the following: 

  • Work permit

  • Job placement

  • Personalised training plan

  • Health insurance

  • Housing assistance 

  • Visa assitance (where applicable)

  • Cultural activities

  • 24/7 helpline 

Is this program right for me?

To take part in our 1-year Traineeship program you must have:

  • a degree or professional certificate from College or University outside the United States

  • at least one year of prior related work experience in your occupational field outside the United States


  • five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which you are seeking training

What occupational fields are eligible for Traineeship programs?

Cultural Exchange Bridge specialises in hospitality, tourism and agriculture, and we source and place students in paid traineeships in these fields. We also offer services to students who wish to find their own placements in other fields.  For a full list of occupational fields eligible for J1-visa traineeship programs click here [insert link to .pdf / web page of Occupational Fields]

What about my prospective employer, are they right for me?

Our partner employers are all vetted by our sponsors who operate under the auspices of the US Government Department of State.

This means the employer:

  • recognises that you are an entry level trainee, and tailors your traineeship to your level of skills and experience

  • keeps your traineeship consistent with the training objectives outlined in your program application

  • abides by all federal, state and local occupational health and safety laws

  • abide by all program rules and regulations set forth by the sponsors, including the completion of all mandatory program evaluations

  • has sufficient resources, plant, equipment and trained personnel available

  • provide continuous on-site supervision and mentoring by experienced and knowledgeable staff

  • Ensure that Trainees obtain skills, knowledge, and competencies through structured and guided activities including but not limited to:  classroom training,  seminars, rotation through several departments, on-the-job training, attendance at conferences

Your employer is also required to notify your sponsor promptly if there are any changes in or deviations from the Trainee placement plan during your training program and immediately in the event of any emergency involving trainees.

You mentioned a sponsor, what is that?

A J-1 visa program sponsor is a non-profit organisation that provides safe and secure J-1 visa programs in the United States. They are responsible for a number of things including your work permit, insurance and eligibility of our employer partners. They have authorisation from the United States government to do this – so they are a pretty big deal. Sponsors work with specialist companies like us, to make sure they receive enough exchange visitors to meet the stated goals of the J-1 visa program.

Cultural Exchange Bridge work with  The Wise Foundation for Traineeship Programs. If you want to find out more, check out their website here:  

Wise Foundation 

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