The Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration has announced that it will perform site visits to many J-1 Intern and Trainee host organizations beginning this month. Most individual participants and host organizations have received e-mails from the J-1 sponsors regarding these visits. The State Department conducted similar visits last spring, which generally focused on information gathering and observing the program. These visits were largely considered successful by J-1 program sponsors in demonstrating the value of the cultural exchange.
The State Department will begin the field visits this month. Here are a few tips to assist host companies and participants prepare for a potential visit:
Ensure the J-1 intern/trainee’s supervisor is aware of a potential visit.
Ensure the intern/trainee is prepared to discuss how he or she is learning about American culture and how the host company facilitates this aspect of the program.
Ensure the intern/trainee is prepared to discuss his or her rationale for participating in the program (e.g., to gain international perspectives, how it will help the intern/trainee’s career, how the intern/trainee will share his or her experience with his or her home community when he or she returns, etc.).
Ensure the intern/trainee is prepared to discuss the new skills he or she is learning as outlined in the DS-7002.
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