Internship Placement Procedures

To become a host organization, the following requirements must be met:

  • The host organization must meet the basic requirements defined by the US Department of State.
  • The host organization must have a thematic area that matches that of its applicants’ educational and professional backgrounds.
  • Once a potentially suitable match is made, and the company has successfully interviewed  and selected  applicant(s),  the company should provide an appropriate training plan to guide the candidate’s training.
  • Candidates take all required paperwork to the US embassy or consulate in their home country for in-person interview and obtaining a J-1 visa.

Host Application Paperwork

ICLS works with host organizations to provide support in designing suitable internship/training placement plans (DS-7002) and completing all required documents as part of the J-1 visa application.

For guidance, contact ICLS by email:  or phone: 1 (202) 639-8800.

ICLS offers the following services:

  • Enrolls qualified participants in the ICLS sponsored Intern/Trainee Exchange Program
  • Screens and selects participants for American internship and traineeship programs
  • Conducts English proficiency and skills assessment interviews
  • Provides Intensive English and Business English courses to improve communication skills and prepare for internships
  • Facilitates interviews with American companies who offer internships
  • Prepares visa application documents for obtaining a J-1 visa

Participants may spend 32-40 hours a week at US organizations and have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in American business culture, methodologies and expertise in their career or occupational fields.

For more information, please contact ICLS at

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