J-1 Visa an option for Canadians wanting internships in USA


INTERNeX can now assist Canadian post-secondary students with the J-1 Visa application if you have found an internship or co-op placement with a company in the USA. Once you have secured a placement offer from a U.S. employer, we will assist you and your prospective host employer in navigating the whole J-1 visa process.

We can also help you with resources on finding an appropriate internship based on your specific area of study and university requirements as well as accommodation options and a social program in many of the cities in the US where we have regional representatives. We make sure everything meets the standards set forth from the State Department concerning your placement and that you will have all the support necessary to be successful during your stay in the US including…  an opportunity to engage local culture.

The program includes:

  • Determining your eligibility for a J-1 Visa
  • Determining your prospective host companies eligibility to host you
  • Ensuring prospective hosts that they have created a proper training plan
  • Supplying you with the necessary paperwork for the visa
  • Processing your program application
  • Providing you the required accident and sickness insurance that exceeds State Department requirements
  • Ongoing support and assistance throughout your program as necessary


  • You must be a student currently enrolled in a degree or professional certificate program in a college, university, or other post-secondary academic institution in Canada (note you do not need to be Canadian citizen, you just need to be enrolled at a Canadian institution)
  • Or; you must have graduated from one of these institutions within 12 months of the planned internship start date
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 38.
  • Internships must be directly related to the your academic field of study
  • Interns must be at least halfway through their degree programs before their program start

Check out all the program information here

Internship possibilities for Canadians in the US

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INTERNeX now provides Canadians with J1 visa support for internships in the USA

The United States of America; a land of contrasts, of wild diversity and never-ending possibilities.

From Hollywood to New York, Route 66 and Vegas to Yellowstone and New Orleans… everything your have seen and heard about a thousand times in movies and on television is here… at your doorstep.

From practicums in major, well known cities like Los Angeles and New York to more industrially or technologically focussed regions, you have a nearly unlimited choice of industry sectors, activities and companies. From large multi-nationals to small, dynamic startups you have nearly every conceivable placement option.

Of course it isn’t all about work; the US has a unique mystery all its own. From the Great American Road trip to southern-BBQ, Venice Beach and the first Starbucks you have a nearly unlimited landscape and culture to explore. There are unimaginable experiences waiting to be had.

The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on earth and its population is comprised of German 16%, African 13%, Irish 11%, English 9%, Mexican 7%, Italian 6%, Scandinavian 4%, Polish 3%, French 3%, and Native American 3% and 25% of everything else.

This multi-ethnic background can be experienced in every aspect of their culture; in the music from Jazz to hip hop and Blues to Pop, from Ragtime to Soul and Rock.. and also wondrously in the local cuisine… no not only the amazing pizza, burgers and dogs, but Gumbo and Tex-Mex, New York Cheesecake and New England Clam Chowder and everything in between. The food, like the culture, music and landscape, enjoys the greatest diversity you can experience anywhere on earth.

So get out there and see it , feel it, hear it and take it all in… there is more to the USA than you could ever imagine.

For more info on what we offer and how to find your internship click HERE 

Client testimonial

Hi there!

My name is Whitney, I am 23 years of age and I am French from Martinique. I decided to come to Canada because I heard a lot of great things about it and my partner was already doing his internship in Vancouver, so I took a plunge and decided to go too. I was studying in the United States (Ohio; as an international student from Rouen) so I thought it could be nice to discover Canada!

I found out about INTERNeX through a French agency that had a partnership with it.

I was participating in a co-op program but it wasn’t what I first wanted. Since the waiting list was too long for the visa I needed, Tim at INTERNeX offered me to apply for a co-op instead. It worked out, so I got the chance to do my internship at EC Vancouver, a private school that offers English classes to foreign students. It was awesome to work there.

At EC, I had to use a lot of my skills, which is exactly what I wanted. I used all the languages I speak; I also had to do teamwork and communicate a lot. I am not really a people person but in that context I must admit that I was, and I genuinely enjoyed it. It really made me more confident and I am going to make sure I use this new skill wisely in the future.

So, since I was working in a school, the tasks depended on the day of the week. At EC Vancouver we greeted new students every Monday. That same day we have to copy their passports and medical insurances, give them a walking tour, and then return their documents along with a schedule and their student IDs.

The weekly tasks changed a lot but I had some recurrent things to do: help students with their inquiries, print and promote activities through in-class announcements, librarian tasks, take pictures on graduation days (Fridays), enter data in our software (personal information, grades, attendance, warnings, etc.).

Both my experiences in Vancouver and at EC Vancouver have been awesome. I was honestly a little nervous because I am a bit shy and naturally anxious but everything turned out fine. My team was the bomb; fun and very dynamic. My supervisor was the best I could have had. I feel very lucky. They are all very unique and I miss them a lot.

As for Vancouver, this is the only thing I want to say: Thank God it’s not going anywhere because I’m coming back to work after my Masters’ degree! The landscapes, the people, the lifestyle. All this is just amazing. I visited a lot of places (museums, Stanley Park, Victoria, restaurants etc.), I went bicycling and spent time with my coworkers in bars. It is the best thing that happened to me so far. Just go for it, you won’t regret it!

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