Hospitality & Culinary Internship

United States

Kickstart your career in the culinary and hospitality world with the J1 Intern program in the U.S.! This is your ticket to training with some of the world’s most exciting and renowned hospitality brands. Imagine learning from industry giants, absorbing cutting-edge trends, and practicing your skills in a vibrant and diverse environment.

Living in the U.S. and collaborating with these esteemed brands isn’t just an internship; it’s a golden opportunity to launch your career with real-world experience. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast or a hospitality pro, we have the perfect match for you.

Join us, and let’s turn your coursework into a profession!

What the program includes


Internship placement secured before arriving in the U.S. so you know exactly where you are going to train and what that training will entail

Program Preparation
& Regulations

We work with you in advance to prepare you for your adventure in the U.S. and provide an orientation about what to expect. We also provide guidance on visa requirements and medical insurance.

Training Plan

We work with your host placement to ensure the training plan is a unique experience and highlights all the skills and hands on training you will benefit from while on the program.

Resume &
Interview Preparation

Help with your resume and interview preparation so you make a great first impression during host employer interviews and land the right internship for you.


24/7 emergency support from our U.S. based support teams

Fees &

To participate in this program you must:

  • Be a full-time student or within 12 months of graduation from a school outside of the U.S.
  • Speak excellent English.
  • Accept a placement that supports your chosen career field based on your education or degree

Step 1

Submit Your Application

Our team will reach out to you, and together we will review your eligibility, answer your questions, and see what positions you are interested in.

Step 2

Choose Your Position

Explore internship opportunities that suit your interests. Participate in a host company interview to find your perfect match.

Step 3

Complete Your Application

If you’re hired, congrats! Now you’ll need to submit the full application and program fee.

Step 4

Schedule Your Visa Appointment

Take your Alliance Abroad-issued DS-2019 form and your Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) to the U.S. Embassy at your scheduled time for your J1 visa appointment. It’s an important step, and we’re here to help if you need it!

Step 5

Start Planning Your Arrival in the U.S.

Once your visa is approved, it’s time to book your flight and start planning. Our pre-departure orientation will tell you everything you need to know so you’re prepared for an enjoyable and unforgettable experience!


The Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) is an official document signed by you, your host company representative, and your sponsor. The plan outlines what you will learn and the hands-on experience you will gain while participating in the program. It includes phases of learning, skills and tasks, information on your supervisor, and examples of cultural exchange activities available to you.

Alliance Abroad works closely with our host companies to ensure that safe, affordable housing and transportation is available near the site of training. Some of our host companies provide housing, and payroll deduct the cost of it from your paycheck. Some host companies work with us to provide housing leads of apartments or houses that have worked well for participants in the past. When reviewing housing, we always look at the monthly cost, furnishings, cost of utilities, proximity to the site of training, safety, and available transportation options to ensure it is a suitable option.

No. We understand that some participants are only available for a shorter period due to school requirements or personal choice. If you would like a shorter program, will do our best to identify a program that works for your needs. Typically, participants request at least a minimum of 6 months.

It depends!

  • If you are still a full-time student pursuing the same degree, you are eligible to participate in the J-1 Intern program a second time.
  • If you have recently completed your degree and are within a year of graduation, you may participate again.
  • If you were an Intern but now qualify as a Trainee, you may participate again after living outside of the U.S. for at least two years.

In any of these situations, your second program must demonstrate an enhancement of learning that builds upon the experience you received on your first program.

Alliance Abroad offers a Deferred Payment Plan to eligible participants. This allows you to pay a lower program fee in the beginning, and then continue to pay the remainder of your program fee after you start your program and start earning a stipend from your training. We also work with host employers who are willing to pay the sponsor fee in full and then payroll deduct once you are on your program. Please share any concerns regarding the fees with your AAG contact to find out what options might be available for you.

Yes. Even though a stipend is not required by the program regulations, Alliance Abroad only works with host employers who agree to pay an hourly salary to their Interns and Trainees. We ensure this stipend is the higher of state or federal minimum wage and explain any other benefits provided by the host employer in a detailed offer letter provided to you during the interview process for your review. We want to ensure you have enough money to cover your expenses during the time you are here.

The Intern and Trainee programs require a mid-point and final evaluation. These should be completed with your supervisor. Our evaluation can be done online and asks basic questions regarding your training experience to ensure your program is progressing according to your Training/Internship Placement Plan and achieving the objectives of the program.

Ready to take a leap?

Your next adventure starts now…

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