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To apply for the J-1 IWT program, please fill out our eligibility form below.

The Irish International Immigrant Center is a U.S. Department of State designated visa sponsor for the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa program. Irish citizens and international students who are current students or recent graduates of Irish universities, can intern in the U.S. in their field of study for up to 12 months to gain experience and enhance their future career and academic pursuits. The IIIC became an accredited J-1 visa sponsor in 2008 and has since supported more than 2,500 graduates and students through our programs.

J-1 Intern Program Purpose & Policy Regarding Mandatory Return to Ireland Upon Completion

The J-1 visa programs are US public diplomacy programs designed to foster global understanding through cultural exchange visits. The US Government’s Department of State categorically requires all J-1 visa exchange visitors to return to their home country upon completion of their exchange program in order to share their exchange experiences. The J-1 Intern program is not a pathway to permanent status in the United States.

If you have any intention of staying longer than the 12 month program period, or transferring to another visa, then the J-1 visa programs are not for you. As a participant in IIIC’s J-1 program you must commit to not transferring to a B-2 Visa, H-1B, L visa or apply for an adjustment of status. All IIIC applicants are required to sign a declaration stating that you understand that you are applying for an non-immigrant, J-1 Intern Visa and that this is not a pathway to permanent status in the United States.

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J-1 Irish Work and Travel (graduate visa)

Under this category of the J-1 visa, you can travel to the U.S. without having secured an internship. It is a work-based learning experience for you to advance your skills in your field of study. We sponsor this visa only for Irish citizens who graduated from Irish universities. Our Director of Intern Placements builds relationships with U.S. employers and assists interns in offering tips on networking, interviewing, resume building for U.S. companies, securing appropriate positions when available, and additional resources.
Learn more about our J-1 IWT visa program by reading below:

To apply for the J-1 IWT program, please fill out our eligibility form below.

Eligibility Form


J-1 Intern Program

If you do not have an Irish passport or did not graduate from an Irish university, you may still apply for the general J-1 Intern visa. This visa is also a work-based learning experience, but you must secure a placement on your own before applying for the visa. Your position will have the same restrictions listed above.

J-1 Intern Program with Ulster University

In partnership with Ulster University, the IIIC provides international internship opportunities for third-year students with top U.S. employers across multiple sectors. As their visa sponsor, we provide constant support for students throughout their stay in the U.S. For more information about this program, click here.

J-1 Summer Work and Travel

The IIIC is also a resource for those who travel to Boston on J-1 Summer Work and Travel visas. We do not sponsor the J-1 Summer Work and Travel visas, but we support students as they transition to Boston and help them navigate living and working in the US. Assistance from our Director of Placements might be available upon request.

What IIIC’s J-1’s Are Saying

“The J-1 IWT program is by far the best opportunity for graduates who want to gain vital work experience and go on a life-changing adventure. My J-1 IWT program to San Diego, California provided me with professional and personal development that was unparalleled to any other option. My first piece of advice is if you are considering the J-1 IWT – simply go for it… you will reap the benefits tenfold.”
— Christopher Dixon-O’Mara, 2016
Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin
“I think in a few years from now, the most memorable and impactful experience will have to be finally securing a role that I enjoy and beginning my career. It takes a lot of hard work, long hours and determination but I never doubted my decision to move to New York.”
— Emmet O’Shaughnessy
Business and Information Systems, University College Cork, 2019