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Becoming a Host Organization

While many organizations of all types and sizes have embraced the diversity, team building, and cross-cultural understanding that come with hosting international interns, not every organization qualifies.

There are a number of factors that go into deciding whether a potential host organization is eligible to host an intern through CIEE Internship USA. Some of these factors are stipulated by the U.S. Department of State, while others are standards CIEE has put in place as part of our efforts to maintain the quality of its training programs.

Host organization requirements

Prospective host organizations must meet some basic requirements set by the U.S. Department of State. They must:

  • Prepare and adhere to a CIEE-approved training plan
  • Provide a suitable workspace and position-specific equipment
  • Offer ongoing supervision and evaluation of the intern
  • Have a workers’ compensation policy (or equivalent) that covers the intern
  • Hold an Employer Identification Number or Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Provide interns with access to opportunities for cultural exchange

Businesses like fast-food franchises, single-location retailers, economy motels, spas, gyms, and home offices generally are prohibited from hosting. In addition, there are specific guidelines for research positions, medical/clinical organizations, agricultural operations, hospitality positions, and any position that involves unskilled labor.

Specific hosting guidelines are included in the next section dealing with DS-7002 Training Plans.

Site visits

Host organizations new to the program may require a site visit from a CIEE-designated representative, so we can ensure a positive, productive professional environment. This is a U.S. Department of State requirement. Visits are very short – 5 to 15 minutes – so they will be easy to fit into your day.

For some hosts, visits are not necessary. For example, you’re exempt if you have hosted an intern or trainee with CIEE within the last three years or you’re an academic institution, or federal, state, or local government office.

In addition, you’re exempt if you meet both of the following criteria:

  • You have more than 25 full-time staff members
  • You generate more than $3 million in annual revenue

If you’re not sure whether your organization is allowed to host, or you want to know more about position limitations and site visits, please give us a call at 1-888-369-1620, or send an email.

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