Intern in the USA

Cost and inclusions

Getting sponsorship to work in America can be a complex process. However, we’ve been doing this for 60+ years. We’re upfront about the costs, what needs to happen and what we need to do to get you out there.

Program cost

The program cost depends on the type of J-1 visa you need sponsorship for, and how long your internship is for.

Cost

   

J-1 Intern visa

0-3 Months -  £1,075.00

4 Months -  £1,215.00

5 Months -  £1,370.00

6 Months -  £1,525.00

7 Months -  £1,670.00

8 Months -  £1,825.00

9 Months -  £1,969.00

10 Months -  £2,119.00

11 Months -  £2,299.00

12 Months -  £2,399.00

13 Months -  £2,499.00

14 Months -  £2,599.00

J-1 Trainee visa

0-3 Months -  £1,129.00

4 Months -  £1,269.00

5 Months -  £1,429.00

6 Months -  £1,579.00

7 Months -  £1,729.00

8 Months -  £1,889.00

9 Months -  £2,029.00

10 Months -  £2,175.00

11 Months -  £2,325.00

12 Months -  £2,475.00

13 Months -  £2,625.00

14 Months -  £2,755.00

15 Months -  £2,915.00

16 Months -  £3,079.00

17 Months -  £3,199.00

18 Months -  £3,349.00

19 Months -  £3,449.00

20 Months -  £3,599.00

Other costs

US Embassy interview fee

USD $180

SEVIS fee

Included in the program cost (usually USD $220)

Host country site visit (if required)

Please see our FAQs below           USD $250

Support funds

You must have sufficient support funds for the duration of your program. There is no set amount that BUNAC need to see, it will just depend on whether your internship is paid or unpaid; whether you will be living with friends/family or paying for your own room and board; the cost of living in the in the town or city where you’re interning. 

Flights

You can usually book flights up to 11 months in advance. The cost will depend on when you book and the date you leave your home country.

Travel insurance

US Medical cover is included for the duration of your visa, but all travellers should ensure they have comprehensive travel insurance. 

Intern USA inclusions

  • Sponsorship to intern in the USA through our US partners, CIEE.
  • Issuing of your Certificate of Eligibility (DS2019) and paperwork.
  • 1-on-1 assistance and support obtaining your J-1 visa.
  • Vetting of your internship to ensure it meets US Department of State requirements.
  • SEVIS – a mandatory US government tracking fee (usually USD $220).
  • Detailed participant handbook and online pre-departure orientation.
  • US medical cover for the duration of your stay (travel insurance is still required).
  • 24/7 emergency contact and support for you and your employer.
  • Monthly monitoring to ensure you’re meeting your training plan goals. 

Why BUNAC

Put simply, it’s not possible to work or intern in the USA independently. It must be done through a US Department of State approved sponsor organisation. We work with the largest and oldest work abroad non-profit in America, CIEE. The team provide the sponsorship, internship vetting, and paperwork to apply for your J-1 visa. When applying for internships, make sure you tell the company you’re working with a J-1 visa sponsor, as the process of sponsoring an overseas intern versus an American intern is a barrier for US employers. 

Intern USA FAQs Got questions? We’ve got answers

   

Do I have to be a student to take part in the program?

No, this program is also open to non-students and non-graduates – so long as you have five years' experience working in the field you are looking to intern in. You’ll need to be able to eligible for one of two visas – either the J-1 Intern visa or J-1 Trainee visa. See our overview page for the eligibility criteria.

If I have an internship, am I definitely accepted onto the program?

What is a training plan?

Does my internship need to be paid?

How many hours a week must my internship be?

What is a host site visit?

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