Learning Exchange Program
The IIIC is no longer accepting applications for 2019 visas. Applications for 2020 will open soon!
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 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. Our Director of Intern Placements Paul Pelan builds relationships with U.S. employers and assists interns in securing appropriate positions, offering tips on networking, resume building, and offering other professional resources. 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.
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The IIIC is a sponsor of the J-1 Intern Visa and the J-1 Irish Work and Travel Visa. Irish citizens who are current students or recent graduates from Irish universities can intern in the United States in their field of study for up to 12 months to gain experience and enhance their future career or academic pursuits. Our Director of Intern Placements builds relationships with U.S. employers and assists interns in securing appropriate positions, offering tips on networking, interviewing, resume building for U.S. companies, and additional resources.
Learn more about our visa program by reading below:
- Program Eligibility Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Internship Placement Service
- Information for Potential Employers
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 helps young people who travel to Boston on J-1 Summer Work and Travel visas by providing a staffed Cyber Café at our Center. This resource center supports students as they transition to Boston and helps students navigate living and working in the US. For further information, click here.
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.
Professionally, my internship allowed me to work in public affairs and energy policy. One highlight of this position was travelling to Las Vegas and San Francisco for solar conferences. I had the opportunity to go Sacramento to meet with elected officials and speak at city council meetings across San Diego County on the merits of solar power. At a rally in San Diego, supporting the national environmental movement, I got to see former President Obama! The team at the IIIC is an invaluable resource and will do all they can to help and support you along the way.”
— Christopher Dixon-O’Mara
Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin