Benefits of the Program

The US is the most diverse and dynamic economy on earth. The opportunity to live and work there for up to 18 months on a sponsored and structured training program will bring a wide range of benefits that will last long after you return home.

I’ve learned that tourism is all about networking. Training with Qantas has enabled me to speak with different people and find out more about all the different opportunities available in the travel industry. I would like to be a flight attendant back in Australia and having trained with Qantas in Los Angeles I am hoping to be offered a permanent position with them back home.

Linh Pham, Australia, Trainee at Hallmark Aviation Services in Los Angeles, student in Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • You will be issued with a visa allowing you to live and work in the US for the duration of your program
  • You will be part of a structured training program that will expose you to many aspects of the business
  • You will get first hand experience in your field of study or chosen career in the world’s leading economy
  • You will make invaluable business contacts that you can call on later in your career
  • You will expand your horizons and open career doors you didn’t know existed
  • You will gain important insights into American business culture that will enhance your future career prospects
  • You will challenge yourself and gain independence and maturity
  • You will enhance your resumé and give yourself a competitive edge in the jobs marketplace
  • You will earn US$ which you can use to travel around the country at the end of your program

International Students are eligible to apply but the granting of visas is at the discretion of the US consulate.

International Students

Applicants must apply for their chosen Trainee Program while in their home country or their country of current study or work.

Applicants for visas should generally apply at the American Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any US consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence.

The Individual US Embassy/Consulate in a given country may have a strict policy when interviewing an applicant who is applying for a visa from outside his home country. Certain Embassies/Consulates will not accept applications from “third country nationals”. In this case, the applicant may register for a CIEE Trainee Program in his current country of residence but must apply for the visa in his country of citizenship.

It is the responsibility of all International students to be aware of any regulations or restrictions specific to their nationality when applying for a J-1 Trainee visa from Australia or New Zealand.