The Inspiring Impact of an Architecture Internship in the USA

Dhwani with her Internship Team!
Apr 22 2019

“During my stay in the States, I found that it was not only New York but all of America that prioritized a humane approach to architecture.” Traveling to a foreign country is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in new cultures and experiences. Having always been amazed by the buildings and city planning in the… Continue reading »

Seasonal Employment Tips for your Work and Travel Program

CICD Work and Travel Program
Apr 09 2019

Congratulations on securing a position in the USA! The J-1 Work & Travel program allows university students to come to the United States to share their culture and ideas through temporary work and travel opportunities for up to 4 months. This is not a work visa. It’s for work and fun! The Center for International… Continue reading »

Full Placement Vs. Self Placement J-1 Internship Program

CICD Self and Full Placements
Mar 25 2019

After lots of brainstorming, research, and preparation, you are finally ready for your international experience in the United States. It’s been quite the journey already! You’ve carefully reviewed the J-1 visa requirements, picked classes that would boost your credentials, explored the different fields you could train in, and chosen your J-1 visa sponsor. Now it’s… Continue reading »

Learn from a Current CICD Teaching Intern!

J-1 Teaching Intern, Alexandre
Mar 18 2019

When your dreams turn into reality, it’s hard to keep it a secret! Below, Alexandre discusses his experience living in the United States as a Teaching Intern on the J-1 Visa with CICD. Gaining international experience during your academic or professional career can shape your life and work habits in ways that result in a high level of… Continue reading »

Work and Travel Questions Answered: Can I get a Second Job?

J-1 Work and Travel Participant, 2016
Mar 02 2019

In short, yes! Before you can start a new job, you must first let CICD complete its host company review process. CICD has created the easy guide below to help you complete this process quickly and efficiently! The J-1 Work & Travel program allows university students to come to the United States to share their culture and… Continue reading »

Learn from a Current CICD Intern in the USA!

J-1 Intern Abigael
Feb 27 2019

Gaining international experience during your academic or professional career can shape your life and work habits in ways that result in a high level of employability in any given field. Why does this matter? During an international experience, such as an internship abroad, participants attain skills and qualities that companies are actively looking for in… Continue reading »

What Makes a Great Hospitality Training Program?

CICD J-1 Participant
Jan 29 2019

J-1 Internships are skills-based training programs and participants qualify based on academic or professional experience in their field of training outside of the USA. Hospitality internships are amazing opportunities for future Hotel Managers, Chefs, and Entrepreneurs! So, what makes a great hospitality internship? 1. Skilled Learning A hospitality program should include skilled learning at top restaurants… Continue reading »

What are Cultural Activities in the USA?

Cultural Activities in the USA
Jan 26 2019

Welcome to the United States! With 48 contiguous states, 2 states located in other parts of the continent, and 1 tropical territory, there are many diverse landscapes to explore in the USA. During your time in the States, you should take advantage of the fast-paced American lifestyle and numerous activities that you can’t do anywhere… Continue reading »

Teach in the USA – CICD’s Global Teaching Program

CICD participant, 2018
Jan 24 2019

CICD sponsors teachers from all over the world on the J-1 visa to the United States. This program allows American students to experience a new culture firsthand and for teachers to learn more about American schools and pedagogy. Through a variety of cultural lessons designed by the foreign teachers, students learn about their home country… Continue reading »

Map to Washington: Best Views in Seattle

Best Views in Seattle
Jan 13 2019

Welcome to Seattle! Home of the Space Needle, three major league sport franchises including the former Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, Starbucks Coffee, Amazon, and The Center for International Career Development (CICD). CICD sponsors nearly 3,000 participants on our programs each year. We pride ourselves on helping our participants take part in exciting cultural activities… Continue reading »

Transportation in the USA on your J-1 Program

Transportation Tips in the USA
Jan 04 2019

Congratulations on securing your J-1 internship! It’s time to start thinking about your everyday life in the U.S. While you are in the U.S. on your J-1 program, you will have many different options for navigating your new city! Arriving on-time to your training, especially on the first day, is expected and impressive! To help… Continue reading »

What is CICD’s Work and Travel Program?

J-1 Work and Travel Participants
Jan 01 2019

There are few things more valuable than an international experience! With CICD’s Work & Travel program, international students (like you!) can spend their university summer break traveling, improving their English, and developing professional skills, all while learning about the people and way of life in the United States. The Work & Travel program allows university… Continue reading »

Choosing your J-1 Visa Sponsor

CICD as your Visa Sponsor
Dec 19 2018

Students and professionals increasingly rely on internship opportunities to strengthen their resumes and showcase hands-on, professional experience or international work and cultural experience. International candidates seeking experience in the U.S. face the challenging task of finding both an internship opportunity and a visa to support them. For those who qualify, the J-1 Intern/Trainee visa program… Continue reading »

Medical Care in the USA while on the J-1 Program

J-1 Teaching Assistants take notes during CICD's annual presentation
Nov 14 2018

Medical care and insurance may not be the first thing on your mind as you prepare for your J-1 Internship, but it is extremely important to be prepared for an unexpected illness or emergency while traveling abroad. The U.S. is known for having high healthcare costs – it’s true!  Find a Medical Center That Accepts… Continue reading »

Qualify for the J-1 Internship and Training Visa

J-1 Interns gathered in Seattle for CICD's annual teaching intern conference
Nov 08 2018

Congratulations! You found an Internship or Training program in the U.S. Now what? Take CICD’s Qualify Quiz to see if you may qualify or read the below eligibility requirements. How to Qualify as a J-1 Intern Apply for the J-1 Intern program if you are a foreign national who is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies… Continue reading »

Traveling Outside of the USA on the J-1 Visa

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Nov 08 2018

So you’ve begun your program in the U.S. and are invited on a road trip to Niagara Falls in Canada? An international cruise to Mexico? Whale watching in Canada? Now what? CICD’s Coordinators are world travelers – just like you! We get it. Read how to gain travel authorization below: If you plan to take… Continue reading »