Teaching Internships in the USA


Find answers here to some of the most frequently asked questions about CICD’s Summer Work and Travel Program. If we haven’t answered your question, please contact us directly.

CICD does not require the applicant or the company to pay all of the fees: we can accept payment from the applicant, the host company, a third party, or an agreed upon combination of any of these.

It depends upon what information we may need to verify your qualifications to participate. Your CICD Program Coordinator will let you know.

Contact CICD directly by phone at (206) 985-2115 or inquire online. We look forward to working with you!

Our services include:

  • J-1 visa internship sponsorship in an American host school
  • Useful J-1 Visa Program information for host schools and J-1 Teaching Interns
  • Professional evaluations and feedback for Student Teachers and their Mentors.
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Intern and host school vetting
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Helpful guidance and tips to apply for the J-1 visa
  • The DS-2019 form
  • Coordination of health insurance
  • Assistance with agreements between the host school, the intern and CICD
  • Assistance with administrative and all J-1 visa application-related matters
  • Support, assistance and monitoring throughout the program
  • Reentry information at the end of the program
  • Program certification upon successful completion
  • 24-hour emergency phone number

Unless otherwise agreed, teaching interns are responsible to pay for airfare, visa-related fees, housing, pocket money, meals, and transportation. The cost of health insurance is not included in the program fee. Insurance is required to participate, and must be paid for and secured before embarking on the program – either via CICD or privately.

This depends upon your major course(s) of study and the written agreement you have with the host school. You will student teach in the major subject area(s) you studied during university. Please contact CICD for specific information.

You may apply for a position listed on our website or submit your own host school and potential position. To speed up the process, we strongly suggest that you contact (via email AND phone) potential host schools on your own and provide them CICD’s contact information. We will follow up with those host schools on your behalf.

Depending upon factors at the host school and with the applicant, the speed with which placement can occur may vary greatly – from just a few weeks up to a few months.

“Teaching Abroad”, “Teaching in the USA” and “Teaching Visa” are terms that almost always imply “full time teaching” exchanges that are reserved for professional teachers with at least 3 years of teaching experience. So that there is no confusion, CICD’s International Teaching Internship Program is NOT meant for professional teachers with at least 3 years teaching experience. ONLY qualified foreign university students enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. (e.g. university), or who will have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the first day of the proposed teaching internship program, may apply to intern / student teach abroad in the USA in relevant subject fields.

It is the interns’ responsibility to communicate with their host school to find housing. Your host school and CICD can be of assistance in finding affordable housing. We can provide you useful links to online housing resources. Each intern must “check in” with CICD upon arrival in the US and whenever any contact information changes.

Host schools are located all over the USA. Though we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your preferred region, city or school, we cannot guarantee that your request can be fulfilled. If you “must” be placed in a particular location, we recommend that you apply for a “self-placed” teaching internship, research that area, and directly contact potential host schools there, and then let us know the results – CICD can help you from there.

Most communication will occur via email, webcam, and phone. We require that candidates, as well as selected participants, check their email frequently and respond promptly to all communications.

Fluently. Your host school will expect you to be able to converse on a complex level with faculty, staff, and students. If your English is not adequate, we recommend that you take the necessary steps to improve your English, and only then apply for this program.

CICD’s ITIP program fee starts at US$995, depending upon duration, plus a non-refundable $300 application fee. CICD’s program fee becomes non-refundable the day the intern starts his or her program according to CICD’s refund policy.

CICD may consider program fee reductions on a merit and needs-based basis only. Interested interns should inquire directly with CICD.

Aside from travel and program costs, personal tastes and needs differ widely between individuals. In general, you should expect to spend at least the same amount of money per month that you would at home while participating in the program.

Teaching Internships may be unpaid or paid. This varies depending upon the circumstances of the individual host schools and interns. CICD strongly recommends that, if possible, host schools assist with housing if they cannot pay interns a stipend. The typical stipend for a paid internship is approximately $500 – $1000 per month, but may vary.

The “Grace Period” is a 30-day travel status period that immediately follows successful completion of your J-1 program. The US Immigration Service (USCIS) allows participants to travel in the U.S. and/or to prepare for and depart the United States. This period is NOT to be included in the program dates entered on the DS-2019 form, and is not to be used for any other purpose (such as working, departing and reentering the U.S. during that period). Interns may not depart and return to the USA during the grace period.

Yes. Non-US citizens need to apply for and receive the J-1 internship visa to participate in the ITIP program. CICD provides all necessary documentation, preparation and procedural aspects to enable participants to apply to the US Embassy or consulate. CICD cannot guarantee the outcome of your J-1 visa interview, as that is a decision resting solely with the US Embassy or consulate.

All participants must have health insurance that complies with requirements of the U.S. Department of State for the duration of their J-1 programs. CICD can arrange this for you, or you can purchase it privately in conjunction with CICD.

To satisfy the minimum requirements of the Department of State, your insurance coverage must:

  1. Provide medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness.
  2. Provide, at a minimum, up to 50,000 U.S. dollars in case of medical evacuation.
  3. Provide, at a minimum, up to 25,000 U.S. dollars in case of repatriation of remains.
  4. Have a deductible that does not exceed 500 U.S. dollars per accident or sickness.

Minimum program duration is approximately 2 months. Maximum program duration is 10 months (an academic year). Most schools begin in August or September and end in May or June. Some schools run on trimester systems, others by semesters. In advance of interns departing for the USA, CICD will coordinate appropriate start and end dates for individual schools and their interns.

Internships may be extended at CICD’s sole discretion and upon CICD reviewing extension requests. If granted, extensions can only comprise programs such that the entire program duration is no greater than 10 months (including the original program duration + the extended period of time).

J-1 Interns must participate in training activities for a minimum of 32 hours/week, as described in their official Training Plans (DS-7002). Internship activities can vary depending upon factors like the host school, mentor teacher, interests, goals and abilities of the intern, etc. Check with CICD directly for suggested training activities.

Please note: Failure to participate in a J-1 internship for a minimum of 32 hours/week is grounds to end the internship.

Your first responsibility is to participate in your training activities at your host school as described in your Training Plan (DS-7002). In your spare time, we encourage everyone to travel locally and also experience other parts of the US during the holidays and your grace period. International travel is permitted if you receive a multiple entry J-1 visa. If you plan to travel internationally, please contact CICD at least 2 or 3 weeks prior to departure so that a CICD officer can sign and return the required travel validation on your DS-2019 form, allowing you to re-enter the US on your J-1 visa. You may not travel outside of the US for more than 30 days total during your program. During your grace period you may not depart and then return to the USA.

Your university ultimately has to decide whether you will “get credit” at that university for your Teaching Internship. Make sure to discuss how to get university credit with your university as part of your timely pre-departure preparation for the program. Upon successful completion of the program, CICD and your American host school will provide you with an official certificate of completion and participation. You may also want to consider getting credit from our affiliated program at Seattle Central Community College (please inquire directly with CICD).

Most likely. The precise amount of tax you might need to pay depends upon how much compensation you receive, as well as your nationality. More information about taxes.

The Mentor Teacher normally guides, supervises, and evaluates the intern on a daily basis on key aspects of the training plan such as lesson planning, curriculum evaluation and development, relevant school-related activities, as well as introducing the intern to the school staff and community. The Mentor Teacher might also play a role helping locate a host family or assisting the intern with other situations that may arise during the internship.