Our program in the USA

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Paid Hospitality / Tourism and Culinary Internships and Traineeships in the USA

Spain Internship provides you with a program allowing you to find a remunerated traineeship or internship in the USA in the hospitality/hotel field. If you already have a company and you want only sponsorship, please, visit our only sponsorship program page: https://internships-usa.eu/j1-visa-sponsorship/

This program includes:
  • Step-by-step guidance during the application process

  • Help with resume and cover letter writing according to US format

  • Hospitality / Hotel / Culinary Internship - Training Placement

  • Plan and Agreements (DS-7002 form)

  • Assistance in obtaining (DS-2019 form1)

  • Guidance and advice on housing, language school (if desired), etc.


  • Front office

  • Back office

  • Tourism

  • Food and Beverage

  • Culinary

Hospitality internships in the USA: Requirements

Intern or Trainee program? What is the best option for me?

Since 2007, the US Government makes a distinction between an Internship in USA and Trainee Program in the USA.  

You can apply for an Intern Program if: you are a foreign national who is currently enrolled in and pursuing academic studies abroad or if you have graduated from an overseas institution no more than 12 months prior to the start date of his or her exchange visitor program.

The maximum duration for traineeship or internship in the hospitality/hotel and tourism fields is always up to 12 months + 30 day grace period.

You can apply for a Trainee Program if: you are a foreign national who has a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution abroad and at least one year of related work experience acquired outside the United States.

Requirements for all participants who want to apply for a hospitality/tourism program in the USA

The academic field of study, major, qualification and work experience must correspond to the desired sphere of the Internship or Training. Therefore you must be tourism, hospitality or kitchen graduate.

English level must meet the requirements to perform successfully in the proposed intern/training position. (B1, European framework required)

Proof of sufficient financial funds for the period of the program is required. The ministry of immigration will require proof of funds of at least 1500$ per month of stay in the USA. The hospitality and internship programs will probably cover this entire amount. Required funds decrease on the amount of your salary for paid positions.


Duration of the Hotel/Hospitality/Tourism Internship Program in the USA

We arrange placements for 6 or 12 months. We can also arrange shorter internships but remuneration may change. Although the extension of a contract to the maximum period (12 months) is possible, this involves an extra cost for the new DS-2019 form issuance. We recommend you determine the optimum period of the Internship or Training in advance.

After the end of the Internship or Training period, the participants have the right to an additional 30 days, which can be spent on leisure and trips within the USA.


The compensation varies by company and basically depends on the exact position, participants’ work experience and other factors. Some companies may assist with housing and/or transportation. A modest stipend is common, ranging from 1400 to 2500 € / month.

Stipends range from 10 to 16 $ per hour of work, per month depending on your CV, requirements and field of the placement. It can fluctuate if the offer includes housing and meals.
You can expect all your expenses covered with this program.


Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Internships in The USA

Our services

Spain Internship has a strong understanding of the US labour market and application process, enabling you to find an appropriate internship/training position. You name a tourism field and geographical region and we will take care of the rest!

In our experience, the competition among applicants is very high. Spain Internship requires application 3-4 months before your intended internship/training start date in order to be successful.

Form DS-2019

Spain Internship provides assistance in obtaining the DS-2019 form and developing the Internship or Training Plan (DS-7002 form), required for a J1 visa.


If not provided by the hotel or host organisation, Spain Internship advises you about different types of accommodation and provides information about affordable housing options available and assists you to find the most suitable one. We also provide a list of inexpensive hotels to house you on your first few days upon the arrival. The cost of stay directly depends on geographical region and location.

Insurance Info

What is travel insurance for?

If you become ill or get injured during your stay abroad your health insurance coverage at home won’t pay for all treatments that you will possibly need. In particular, medical treatments in the USA are often not covered by your insurance company at home. In case of hospitalization in the USA, the costs can be up to 3,000 USD per day.

What is the difference between travel insurance and my health insurance at home?

Travel insurance is private insurance that is valid during your stay abroad. The insurance coverage is extensive and complementary to your existing coverage but is not as comprehensive as your health insurance coverage at home. Certain treatments are excluded from coverage, e.g. treatment of pre-existing conditions, regular check-ups, orthodontics or psychological treatment. Before receiving any medical treatment, please read your insurance certificate and the conditions carefully to learn which benefits are covered under your travel insurance.


USA Program - Application Process

Application – Apply for our USA internship program and we will reach you shortly.

Program Registration fee – To confirm registration, Spain Internship collects the application fee from a student. The registration fee is €300.

Skype Admittance Consultation – The candidate will partake in a Skype consultation with our agency partner in the USA. Spain Internship will receive the report with the result of the consultation.

English Level Assessment – In order to participate in this program the candidate must have an intermediate English level.

Internship proposal.

Final Payment

Visa Application – The student applies for a Student Visa at the embassy. The student will support while the application process.

Arrival – Candidate arrives in the USA and attends orientation at the agency partner.


Prices of our Programs in the USA

Internship or Training Placement+ Form DS2019 (the major part of the J1 visa application)

Registration fee    300€

Total program cost

2-5 months  3100 €
5-8 months 3350 €
8-12 months 3600 €
This price includes the registration fee.



In case of refusal or rejection of a visa application by the US Consulate Spain Internship will refund your DS 2019 application fee partially (subject to terms and conditions of the visa-sponsoring organization):

  • The applicant is denied the J-1 Visa by a U.S. consulate or embassy with jurisdiction over the applicant's place of permanent residence;
  • The applicant has not violated U.S. law and/or visa regulations;
  • The agency partner receives the original DS-2019 Form that was issued to the applicant;
  • The refund request is received no more than 6 months after the scheduled beginning of the J1 training/internship program.
  • Service Fees are not included in this program.


The full fee is payable upon signing the Internship Agreement with the host company.


Internship USA 

Cancellation and Refund Policies:

Cancellation Period Fee

  • Cancellation after interview and acceptance by the host company. Deposit loss: 300 € 
  • Cancellation after the DS-2019 has been issued Loss of the entire fee program.

Visa Denial Fee Payable

Cancellation due to visa denial $600 USD, refund.

If you are interested in our internship or traineeship in the USA, submit your application in our USA site https://internships-usa.eu/apply/ and we will reach you shortly!


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