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About Internship USA

Interning or training at a top U.S. company is one of the smartest career moves you can make. Not only will you gain real-world skills that will serve you throughout your career, but you will also get valuable firsthand insight into American culture and business practices. Along the way, you will share ideas with colleagues, make important new business connections, and build lifelong friendships.

If you want to go to the USA it will save you (and us) lots of time if you read as much as you can below about the J1 internship Programme before you apply, so you have an understanding of the entire process.

Important Information

Please fill out the form below - our team in the UK will then be able to create an online account for you in BEACON and you'll receive an email from with your log in details.

  • Once you have logged in you will be able to start your own part of the application.
  • You will also need to click on Training Plan and invite your Host Company supervisor to start the online DS-7002. Please note you will need their first and last name as well as email address for this.

Once you have logged into your online account you will see a blue button marked Training Plan.


This will take you to your online training plan.
Scroll Down to the Section marked MAIN SUPERVISOR/ POC and click the blue INVITE button.


Enter your Supervisor details and hit the SEND INVITATION button


You can then return to your part of the application!

You'll also need to download your Supporting Documents and have these completed to upload to your online account - see below

Important Information
Supporting Documents you will need to upload to your online Beacon Account

Please note

If any of the supporting documents or sections marked REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICATIONS are missing from your account we will not be able to move forward with the process. This may cause significant delays to your application
You must ensure these are uploaded to your online account before you sign!

We strongly recommend downloading your checklist so you can refer to this when putting your application together online

Profile Picture


You will need to upload a profile picture to the top of your online account.
This must be of yourself and not include any other people.

Adding your Profile Picture to your onine Beacon account

As part of the application, you must upload a picture of yourself to your online account.
Without this you will not be able to complete your application.

The picture should only be a standard jpg or png file in portrait or similar, and not have any other people in it.

The image should be a maximum 800kb -
larger images will not be accepted by the system


Passport ID page


Please either use a jpeg image or PDF file. It must be clear and every letter/ number on the ID page must be clear.
Your nationality on your application MUST match the nationality on the passport you are applying with.
*Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the end date of your programme

Proof of Academic Status Page


This will need to be completed by your university and signed/ stamped. You will then be able to upload this to your online account.

Fees Disclosure Page


You will need to sign (BY HAND) and date this and upload to your online account under DOCUMENTS at the bottom of the page, choosing "Signed Fees Disclosure" from the dropdown options once you have upoaded the file

Proof of English Language Ability

If you do NOT have a UK or Irish passport you will need to get your tutor or member of staff at university to complete this for you.

You can also use an English Test from the past 2 years - details are on the online account. If you do not have one of these and cannot get this completed we will conduct an English language interview with you.

If your Internship is unpaid

If your internship is unpaid or does not pay at least $1000/ month, you will need to show EITHER a bank statement showing access to funds of at least $1000/ month for the time you are in the USA OR a letter of financial support from a parent of guardian. You can use this template for this

Program Start and Return Home Dates (arrival and departure)


You must make sure these are entered into your online training plan before you sign! Without these dates we are unable to review or start the process for you.

*Your PROGRAM END DATE MUST BE AFTER YOUR INTERNSHIP END DATE or we will not be able to submit your application.

You will not be permitted to enter the US before your Program Start date and will not be allowed to remain in the US after your Program End date, so please consider this before choosing.

Any changes in Program dates AFTER you have signed your application will incur additional fees of £20 + any additional month.

In order to make sure you are covered by the programme insurance (a legal requirement) you must enter the earliest date you plan on arriving in the USA and the last date you plan on being in the USA. You are not allowed to be in the USA outside of these dates.

*Your Program END date must be AFTER your Training/ DS end date on your Training Plan*

You will need to click the EDIT Button on the DATES section of your online training plan to enter these BEFORE signing your training plan. Don't forget to SAVE once you have done this!

Any changes in Program dates AFTER you have signed your application will incur additional fees of £20 + any additional month.
Any changes in Program dates AFTER APPROVAL of your application will incur additional fees of £50 + any additional months charges

Very Important - Please Read


Due to the nature of the system we will not be notified when you have completed and signed both your online application and your online training plan.
It is VITAL you email us to confirm when you have done this at


*Please note all programme fees are in UK Sterling (Pounds).
**Legal documents requiring Shipping outside the UK or Ireland will be charged accordingly. You will be able to choose between UK Royal Mail international Delivery (where available for your country) or UPS International Courier.

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There will be an additional charge for documents sent to countries other than the UK.

Please note: Should you wish to remain in the USA for the optional tourism and travel time at the end of your Internship you MUST enter these dates on your online training plan. We will not be able to amend or extend these once you have travelled to the USA.

You do NOT automatically qualify for the tourism and travel time - you must apply for it as part of your application - see below for guidance on this.

Use the Fees Calculator

Please note fees include all sponsorship, legal documentation, 24/7 support in the US, medical and liability insurance for the duration of your time in the USA - as well as the US Government SEVIS fee. The fees do not include the visa interview fee (payable direct to the embassy when you book your face to face interview (currently $160 US dollars - see US Embassy Interviews).
***Should your US Host Company require a site visit there will be an additional charge of £200 for this - see "Host Company Site Visits"

Change of Dates once application has been approved and documents shipped: Once you have received your DS-2019, requests for new documentation as a result of new dates (or loss of documentation): £55 +cost of any additional month new dates may require
All prices subject to change

Cancellation Charges - In case of cancellation your fees will be refunded MINUS the amounts shown below:

After application received: £200
After application received and Application approved/ DS-2019 printed: £425
Please note there will be no refunds if you cancel OR withdraw form the programme AFTER the LISTED DATE of DEPARTURE on your application or you have travelled to the USA - if you are unable to travel to the USA you MUST inform us prior to your programme start date/ listed date of departure.
CIEE are unable to offer any refunds once you have started your programme in the USA
In case of visa refusal at embassy participants will be refunded programme fees minus £250 (this includes the non refundable SEVIS fee).
It is VITAL you inform IST Plus via email providing details of the refusal and also if possible provide a copy of the paperwork the embassy gives you showing the reason for the Visa denial.
On the rare occasion that an application is refused sponsorship there will be a non refundable application fee of £200.
If legal sponsorship is refused AFTER a Site Visit has taken place in the USA the non refundable fees will be £350.

*All prices subject to change

What to do when you receive your documents from IST Plus

Once you have received all your legal documentation from us (including your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility ) you can go ahead and book your face to face interview at the USA Embassy.

Remember - you can't book your face to face interview until you have your DS-2019# (also known as a SEVIS ID) - and you can't get this number until you have been approved by CIEE and received your documents back.

Please note the US Embassy charges $160 US for visa interviews (approx £120).

Your SEVIS ID/ DS-2019 number and where to find it

Once your application has been accepted by CIEE, your SEVIS ID will show as your DS-2019 number in your online account - this should show 1-2 working days after approval (not including weekends).


Once you receive your legal paperwork from us you will also be able to see this number on the top right of your DS2019 Certificate of Eligibility

About the DS2019 Certificate of Eligibility

The Form DS-2019 or "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" is the basic document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program.

This form permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States.

You will be issued with a DS2019 Certificate once your application has been approved in the USA.
Once approval has been granted it normally takes 3-5 working days for the paperwork to be sent back to the UK.
We will then be able to send it out to you along with your other documents.

At that point you will be able to go online and book your face to face interview at your local embassy or consulate.

Issuance of the J-1 visa, like all non-immigrant visas, is at the discretion of Consular Officers viewing visa applications at U.S. embassies and consulates. This means that even if you are accepted to an exchange visitor program and have received your DS-2019, the Consular Officers decide if you receive the J-1 visa.

DS2019 certificate

Important Info

The SEVIS Email

Once your application has been processed through SEVIS you will receive an email confirming this from FMJfee. This email is confirmation that CIEE have paid your SEVIS fee - but is not confirmation that your documents have yet been printed or shipped from the USA. Please wait for your legal paperwork to arrive at your address before booking your face to face interview.

Important Info

What Documents do you need for the Visa Interview?

  • Your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility (this is in the pack we send you with your legal paperwork once you have been approved). Please make sure the infomation in Box 1 of the form is correct and that you have signed and dated at the bottom of the page (Exchange Visitor Certification).
  • Your Validated DS-7002 Training Plan - also in your pack
  • Your Passport
  • Your DS-160 Confirmation print out
  • Your I-901 SEVIS receipt print out (this is in the pack we send you). This will have the address for CIEE on it - this is correct as they have paid your SEVIS fee on your behalf
  • Your Embassy appointment letter/ email - you must print this out
  • Any other documents that may be useful to an embassy officer when assessing your Visa application
  • We also recommend taking 2 visa size photos - even if your photo has uploaded to the DS-160 successfully.
  • If you have lost or damaged any of your documents please let us know immediately as you must have these when you attend your face to face interview
  • For a full and comprehensive list of the paperwork required at embassy please see here or go to

If there is an error in the dates on your Visa it is VITAL you contact the US embassy direct to query this. You should not travel to the US unless your visa has been issued with the correct dates.

Booking the Interview: Step 1

Go online and complete your DS-160. This can be found at Remember you are a J1 Exchange Visitor when choosing certain options! You will need to complete the DS-160 and upload a digital photograph of yourself before you can move to Step 2.

*Please note we are unable to assist with completing the DS-160. Please follow the guidance below

Important Info
What's Your Program Number?
  • Internship USA: P-3-05133

Booking the Interview: Step 2

After creating your account, please follow the process and guidance for each of the steps

1. Provide your DS‐160 number (see Step 1).
2. Determine your visa type (J1)
3. Select a courier return location – read the options carefully as an additional fee may be charged
4. Pay your U.S. visa fee via debit card (Visa or Mastercard) – this is $160 US Dollars and is required for anyone booking a visa interview.
5. Schedule an appointment

Interview tips

When attending an interview at the US Embassy, there are some important things to remember.

  • You should make sure you have read your DS-7002 carefully and are ready to discuss this in detail with the consular officer
  • You should be able to clearly explain your plans for when you return from the programme
  • You should be able to clearly explain the benefits of the international experience this opportunity will offer you - and why this differs from opportunities available in your Home Country
  • You should always be polite, professional and respectful of the US Embassy and what it represents

Contacting the US Embassy (UK Enquiries only)

For any questions or issues relating to visa interviews etc. you can use the Operator Assistance Visa Information Line - or contact them using the @USAinUKConsular Twitter Account

• Callers within the United Kingdom should dial 020 3608 6998
• Callers from the United States should dial 703-439-2367
The call center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am and 7:00 pm (local time; EST in the United States). The call center is closed on all U.K. and U.S. holidays

Common Questions

Useful Information

Extending your Programme

You are allowed to apply to extend your internship to a maximum 12 months.
If you choose to extend you MUST apply for this at least 6 weeks in advance of the end date on your DS-2019 Certificate (this is the actual end date at your host Company- NOT the end date of your programme).

In order to extend your programme please email our team at to request we unlock your online training plan for an extension. Your Host Company will then be able to log in and complete this.

You will also need to download your own part of the Extension application - please download this below.

**Please note: We will be unable to review your online Extension until we have received your completed PDF application. Email this to as soon as your online training plan has been signed by you and your host company supervisor

**Please note Application will open in a new tab in your browser. You can download it directly from there

An extension allows a participant to remain in the US for the purposes of continuing their training at their listed Host Company.

Please note we are unable to accept requests for extensions for the purposes of changing Host Companies.

It is important to note that should you travel outside of the US while on an extension to your original training, you will need to apply for a new visa at your local (home) embassy in order to re-enter the USA with a new J1 visa that matches your extended dates.

Please bear this in mind when making any travel plans.

How Much does an Extension Cost?

The fees for an extension are the same as if you were starting a new programme. For example, if you choose to extend for a further 6 months the fee for that extension will be the same as if you were applying for a 6 month programme.
See the Section further up this webpage marked "How Much does it Cost" for information

  • Your SEVIS number will remain the same as your original programme
  • You should NOT travel outside the US without your extended DS-2019 Certificate.
  • Your new J1 Visa should be applied for in your home country - if this is the UK you are able to apply for the Visa Re-isuuance programme/ Interview waiver programme (you will not need to attend an interview but can instead send your documents to the embassy for processing)
  • The process will take between 4-7 days once you have submitted your documents to the embassy/ consulate - please allow enough time for this in your travel plans

*If you are extending in a country other than the UK please check your local US embassy for specific details

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