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Specialized Programs

ICLS’ WIN in the USA offers specialized programs including intensive language instruction, customized business seminars and orientation workshops, followed by internships with Washington-or New York-area organizations. We take care of all J-1 visa requirements. Participants may enroll in one of the following programs. Let us help find the right program for you:

Business English and Internship/Traineeship
(Available for individuals and groups of 3 or more)

4-8 weeks of Intensive Business English at ICLS, followed by
3-12 months of Internship or Traineeship (with/without placement service)

This program offers Intensive Business English for participants with Upper Intermediate English Proficiency to increase professional language fluency and to introduce them to American business culture. Upon completion of this course, participants join their assigned U.S. host organizations for 32-40 hours a week to continue their program through the on-the-job training/internship portion.

English and Internship/Traineeship
(Available for individuals and groups of 3 or more)

2-3 months of Intensive English and 30 hours Private Business English at ICLS, followed by
3-12 months of Internship or Traineeship (with/without placement service)

This training program is an excellent choice for those who have Intermediate English skills but still need to increase proficiency to successfully participate in on-the-job training or internship. Depending on the results of an initial assessment of language proficiency, participants first enroll in ICLS’ Intensive English Program (IEP) for 2-3 months. The 30-hour Private Business English course complements the IEP by focusing on business vocabulary and the speaking and listening skills needed in American professional environments. Upon completion of this training, participants join their assigned U.S. host organizations for 32-40 hours a week to continue their program through the on-the-job training/internship portion.

Online English and Internship/Traineeship
(Available for individuals and groups of 3-4)

30-60 hours of online Private or Group English, followed by
3-12 months of Internship or Traineeship (with/without placement service)

This program does not require travel to Washington for English training, saving time and money. Online classes allow participants to train privately or in a small group with a highly qualified native English teacher. Online courses are taught in a live, interactive virtual classroom. Participants focus on business vocabulary and the speaking and listening skills needed for internship interviews and in American professional environments. While participants are studying, ICLS’ WIN in the USA staff will find a suitable internship placement and prepare application documents for obtaining a J-1 visa. Upon completion of this training, participants join their assigned U.S. host organizations for 32-40 hours a week to continue their program through the on-the-job training/internship portion.

Intensive English Program & Business English (F-1 visa), followed by Internship (J-1 visa)

4-6 months of Intensive English and 30 hours of Business English
3-12 months of Internship/Traineeship (with/without placement service)

This program is for those who require more time to develop a level of English proficiency to be eligible for Intern or Trainee program. Students enroll in ICLS’ Intensive English Program (IEP) for a minimum of 4-6 months, 9:00 am-12:55 pm, Monday through Friday schedule. The 30-hour Private Business English course is scheduled after a student is evaluated by the ESL Director. If necessary, the student will be advised to stay in the program until his/her communication skills are improved. The Business English course complements the IEP by focusing on business vocabulary and the speaking and listening skills needed in American professional environments. Upon completion of this training, the student will be evaluated for the J-1 Intern/Trainee Program.

Partnership Programs

AMERIGO Program
(Available for groups of 6-8)

15 hours of Business English & Introduction to US/International Business Practices, followed by
3 months of Internship/Traineeship & weekly Business Workshops

This program offers participants a unique opportunity to experience the U.S. and its cultural and business diversity for three months through Business English classes; seminars & workshops on Effective Communication, Powerful Presentations, International Negotiations, Business Plans, Industry Review; and practical business experience through an unpaid internship with Washington-area organization. Participants must obtain a J-1 visa.

US – Mexico Internship Program
(Available for individuals and groups of 4-6)

8 weeks of Intensive English and Business English, followed by
3-6 months of Internship with/without placement

This new program is designed for Mexican undergraduate and graduate students in their final year and those who have graduated within the past 12 months. This program provides instruction and follow-up “work-based” training. Interns study Intensive English and Business English at ICLS and participate in a structured, 3-6-month work-based internship program with a U.S. organization, with possible extension for up to 12 months. Participants must obtain a J-1 visa.

The 2016 Presidential Election Internship Program
(Available for individuals and groups of 4-6)

4 weeks of Intensive Business English, and
3 months of Internship with placement

This exciting program is for students, graduates and professionals interested in taking part in U.S. presidential election observations and discussions, and would like to improve their understanding of American civic and electoral systems. Participants will participate in issue-focused seminars and workshops, project research and conduct presentations on a topic of their choice. During the first month of the program, participants will study Business English at ICLS and attend an introduction to internship program seminars & workshops at InclusionUS. Then, particpants will spend 32-35 hours of internship training with assigned Washington-area nonprofit organizations.

English Courses

As noted above, we offer a selection of various language courses for participants based on their international English skill level, needs and training goals. At the end of the course, participants are expected to have the ability to communicate and negotiate business ideas, make presentations, participate in group projects, and work productively in professional environments.

Business Workshops

Participants will be introduced to US business trends and culture, discuss modern business management techniques, meet guest speakers and visit companies to observe their businesses in person. Also, participants will take part in group projects that concludes in a presentation on an international business topic of their choice. A certificate of achievement is awarded at the end of the program.

Internship/Traineeship

  • The internship program is designed to allow participants to gain first-hand exposure to US culture and business practices in their chosen occupational fields.
  • Internships will take place at selected organizations in the Washington or New York area.
  • Participants will receive an orientation to their host organizations, meet staff members, and discuss their individual training plans with assigned supervisors.
  • Individual training plans offer hands-on training in select fields through participation in the host organizations’ ongoing projects, events, and daily activities.
  • ICLS monitors your progress and stays with you throughout the program.
  • Internships are full-time and last for 3-12 months.

The goal of all of these programs is provide opportunities for improving understanding of U.S. society, business and culture through on-the-job training and internship at American organizations.

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