Häufig gestellte Fragen und Antworten zu unseren Praktikumsprogrammen in den USA

Fragen bevor Du mit uns in Kontakt trittst

Warum möchte ich ein Praktikum in den USA machen?

In den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika werden die Trends für viele Branchen gesetzt. Deshalb sind die USA der beste Ort, um sich über neue Trends und Spitzentechnologien zu informieren und mit Profis an der Spitze ihres Spiels zusammenzuarbeiten. Hier können Sie berufliche Erfahrungen sammeln, die Sie sonst nirgendwo haben können. Ein Praktikum in diesem spannenden Land wird Ihre zukünftige Karriere stark verbessern und Sie vor Ihren Kommilitonen voranbringen.

Was passiert mit meiner Karriere wenn ich kein Praktikum in den USA mache?

In den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika werden die Trends für viele Branchen gesetzt. Deshalb sind die USA der beste Ort, um sich über neue Trends und Spitzentechnologien zu informieren und mit Profis an der Spitze ihres Spiels zusammenzuarbeiten. Hier können Sie berufliche Erfahrungen sammeln, die Sie sonst nirgendwo haben können. Ein Praktikum in diesem spannenden Land wird Ihre zukünftige Karriere stark verbessern und Sie vor Ihren Kommilitonen voranbringen.

Was ist der Vorteil mit einer Agentur zu arbeiten?

Many people feel like they are constantly exposed to the U.S. culture through movies, music or other globalized trends. Nevertheless, the U.S. business culture is something many have not experienced yet. There are a lot of differences to your home country as application processes and requirements differ a lot. Having a partner at your side who has years of experience in successfully placing applicants from all around the world in U.S. companies will ease your way into a great internship opportunity and opens new paths for you.

Verstehe ich den internationalen Wettbewerb?

In today’s globalized world, competition has increased heavily. You do not only compete with local people but with people from all around the world. This also applies when searching for an internship in the U.S.

Habe ich realistische Erwartungen?

When applying for an internship in the U.S., you will face lots of competition. Not only are you competing with U.S. applicants but also with other international students who seek an internship in the U.S. The more previous experience you have, the more flexibility you bring along and the better your skills, the higher are the chances of being chosen by a host company. Potential host companies are not just waiting for you. You should also keep in mind that by giving you the chance to gain practical experience, a company has to invest lots of time and resources. Thus, be realistic.

Betrachte ich das Praktikum in den USA als eine persönliche Investition?

The aim of an internship is gaining practical experience in your field. By doing an internship abroad, you additionally add an international background to your portfolio. All this will later enhance your career and opens doors for new opportunities – in short, your qualification increases. To benefit from all this, you will need to invest: time, energy and money. This investment now will then later pay off when standing out of the mass of standard applicants for a job position.

Könnte ich mir selbst eine bezahlte Stelle sichern?

That is a question you should ask yourself. Do you have the qualifications to withstand the international competition you will be facing?

Habe ich bereits das notwendige Profil, um ein attraktiver Kandidat für ein Unternehmen zu sein?

There are many important factors that are essential for a good profile. The requirements and expectations in an intern differ regarding the desired field and industry of an internship. During our placement program, we will help you develop the best profile possible to reach your goal. We will give you individual tips for writing a resume and cover letter as well as personal  interview preparation.

Wie gut muss mein Englisch sein?

There are many important factors that are essential for a good profile. The requirements and expectations in an intern differ regarding the desired field and industry of an internship. During our placement program, we will help you develop the best profile possible to reach your goal. We will give you individual tips for writing a resume and cover letter as well as personal  interview preparation.

Wo kann ich nach offenen Stellen suchen?

You can search for potential internship positions on our website by using the tool Job Search.

Kann ich mich direkt auf offene Stellen bewerben?

Open positions displayed on our website are potential internship opportunities. You cannot apply directly for a position but get the opportunity to be placed in similar internships through our placement program. Leave your placement to an experienced and well connected US provider and designated visa sponsor and benefit from receiving placement and visa through one organization!

Welche Voraussetzungen muss ich erfüllen, um für das Praktikumsprogramm in Frage zu kommen?

To do an internship in the U.S. you need a J-1 visa.You are eligible if you fulfill one if the following requirements.

Students and recent graduates

  • Enrolled student (at least 3rd semester) OR graduated within the last 6 months
  • Good English skills
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Maximum length of internship: 12 months

Graduates and professionals

  • Graduated from studies + at least 12 months of full-time work experience in the field of studies after graduation OR at least 5 years of experience in one field
  • Very good English skills
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Maximum length of training: 18 months

If you do not fulfill either of these points, we might be able to still find another visa solution for you. Please contact us directly.

Wie unterscheiden sich Praktikum- von Volunteerprogramm in den USA?

To do an internship in the U.S. you need a J-1 visa.You are eligible if you fulfill one if the following requirements.

Students and recent graduates

  • Enrolled student (at least 3rd semester) OR graduated within the last 6 months
  • Good English skills
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Maximum length of internship: 12 months

Graduates and professionals

  • Graduated from studies + at least 12 months of full-time work experience in the field of studies after graduation OR at least 5 years of experience in one field
  • Very good English skills
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Maximum length of training: 18 months

If you do not fulfill either of these points, we might be able to still find another visa solution for you. Please contact us directly.

In welchem Bereich kann ich ein Praktikum/Training absolvieren?

In almost all areas. As long as you meet the professional and other requirements, we can provide you with an internship in any industry, such as architecture, sciences, engineering, business management, international relations, etc. Please note that internships in the medical or social field (for example, human and veterinary medicine, psychology, social work, therapy, etc.) and as teachers are only permitted with restrictions. Should you have any further questions, you can contact us at any time.

Fragen wenn Du bereits Kontakt mit uns hast

Was ist die Art der Dienstleistung und was nicht?

Going to the US is a big step that needs a lot of preparation. We can be a partner at your side. We are not just a service provider that matches you with a company but we work with you individual and closely to find you an internship according to your qualification and preferences. Please note that you cannot “buy” an internship. Being part of our program means having a partner at your side that makes sure you’ll present yourself the best way possible and thus enables you to reach your goal.

Wie kann ich meine speziellen Praktikumswünsche äussern?

If you’d like to inquire about our placement program, please fill in the contact form on our website. We will then get back to you shortly with more information and individual feedback.

Was kann ich tun um gut auf den Kontakt mit IIEEX vorbereitete zu sein?

To benefit the most from a call with us, please make yourself familiar with our program and the visa rules. Send us your resume and details of your desired internship first and receive valuable feedback. When we then speak on the phone you should know what exactly what you are looking for in an internship and you are also welcome to prepare some questions you have. We can then discuss everything during a one-on-one call and get you ready to start your adventure!

Wann muss ich was bezahlen?

When you want to start the program, you will send in your registration form. You will then have to pay a deposit fee of 530€. By paying the non-refundable deposit we know you are fully committed to the program and we will from then on take individual care of you. Only after you got placed and signed a contract with your future host company, you will be charged the second and final invoice of 720€ for the placement program.

Was beinhaltet die Programmgebühr?

The program fee covers anything related to securing an internship in the U.S. for you, such as:

  • Application Packet
  • CVOne video resume account
  • Guidance, review, and assistance with your resume, cover letter, and
    application materials
  • Research and securing of suitable companies and positions based on your
    preferences
  • Coordination and preparation for phone and webcam interviews
  • Securing of placement in the U.S.
  • Assistance with accommodation, transportation, and health insurance
  • On-going support throughout the duration of your program
  • Program Certificate at the end of your program

Warum muss ich den vollen Programmpreis vorab zahlen?

The program fee covers anything related to securing an internship in the U.S. for you, such as:

  • Application Packet
  • CVOne video resume account
  • Guidance, review, and assistance with your resume, cover letter, and
    application materials
  • Research and securing of suitable companies and positions based on your
    preferences
  • Coordination and preparation for phone and webcam interviews
  • Securing of placement in the U.S.
  • Assistance with accommodation, transportation, and health insurance
  • On-going support throughout the duration of your program
  • Program Certificate at the end of your program

Wie lang dauert es bis ein Praktikum gefunden wurde?

Finding a suitable internship/training takes about 3-4 months. Additionally, applying for a J-1 visa will take several weeks which is why we recommend starting the program about 6 months in advance of the desired internship/training start date.

Wo ist das Praktikums-Unternehmen?

We work with hundreds of companies in virtually all fields and all major cities throughout the whole U.S. The majority of our program participants is placed in a host company in one of these four cities: San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles or New York. You will have the chance to express your city of preference to us, and we will work towards placing you in that city or region.

Wieviel Monate vorher muss ich mich anmelden?

We work with hundreds of companies in virtually all fields and all major cities throughout the whole U.S. The majority of our program participants is placed in a host company in one of these four cities: San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles or New York. You will have the chance to express your city of preference to us, and we will work towards placing you in that city or region.

Wie lang kann das Praktikum sein?

We work with hundreds of companies in virtually all fields and all major cities throughout the whole U.S. The majority of our program participants is placed in a host company in one of these four cities: San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles or New York. You will have the chance to express your city of preference to us, and we will work towards placing you in that city or region.

Kann ich die Stadt oder Region für mein Praktikum wählen?

Yes, you can name us at least two location preferences and we will take these into account when looking for your host company.

Was sind das für Unternehmen mit den ihr arbeitet?

We have built an extensive network of host companies in the U.S. With many of our host companies we have maintained a close relationship on a continuous basis. Depending on the applicant’s field and preferences, we do also contact new partners regularly. Generally, most companies we work with are medium sized. We also work with smaller companies or startups. Some very well qualified applicants get the chance to intern in multinational corporations as well. The size of the company does not give any indication about the quality of the internship though.

Werden Sie mir helfen, meinen Lebenslauf und mein Anschreiben vorzubereiten?

Yes, as soon as you sign up with our program, you will be assigned a personal program coordinator who will prepare your documents with you as well as plan the Skype interviews with your potential future host company.

Ist das Praktikum / Training bezahlt?

Most short-term internships are unpaid. However, many long-term internships are paid. The stipend amount varies from company to company. It  also depends on the internship field and the Applicant’s skills and experience.The company may or may not agree to pay a stipend. It is very important to consider that you are taking part in an educational program which costs the host company time and resources. Thus, the true value of your internship is the experience which you will gain, thus our focus is on that rather than what you can earn. It is therefore very important that you set sufficient financial funds aside for your stay in the U.S. We will verify those fund prior to your appointment with the U.S. embassy.

Ich kann mir nur ein bezahltes Praktikum leisten?

You should always compare the costs and investment in your internship with what you receive in return. Doing a professional internship in the US usually enhances your future career immensely. By leaving your placement to an experienced and well connected US provider and designated visa sponsor you make sure to successfully reach your goal. Isn’t that what’s most important to you? Also have a look at the FAQs “Do I understand the international competition?” and “Do I have realistic expectations?”.

Fragen wenn Du an unseren Program teil nimmst

Was passiert nachdem ich Online gebucht habe?

After you sent in your registration form, the following steps will happen:

  • Pay 1st placement invoice to show your commitment to the program
  • Get assigned a personal coordinator and have Skype screening call to discuss your internship preferences in detail
  • Make CVOne video resume
  • Receive interview training
  • We contact companies that fit your profile and set up interview(s) for you
  • Once we find a match an internship contract will be signed by you and the host company
  • Pay 2nd invoice after your internship was secured
  • Start the visa process
  • You are ready for your adventure!

Was passiert beim "Welcome Call"?

Once you have started our program and were assigned a personal coordinator, you will have a screening call with this person. During the call we want to make sure to discuss all your preferences and details regarding your desired internship so we can find the best match for you.

Was passiert wenn sich kein Praktikum in den USA finden lässt?

We check all applicants thoroughly before accepting them in our program. Once you were accepted, we will make sure to find you a suitable internship.

Kann ich Praktikumsangebote ablehnen?

We will evaluate in detail if your profile fits the company in question. If a company wants to offer you a position and you reject the position after the interview with no factual reason, your deposit payment will not be refunded. Non-factual reasons are all reasons that are not in line with the previously agreed preferences, which could be a change of internship location or field of internship.

Was passiert wenn ich vor dem Placement das Programm verlasse?

We will evaluate in detail if your profile fits the company in question. If a company wants to offer you a position and you reject the position after the interview with no factual reason, your deposit payment will not be refunded. Non-factual reasons are all reasons that are not in line with the previously agreed preferences, which could be a change of internship location or field of internship.

Gibt es einen Vertrag mit den US Unternehmen?

Yes, we will prepare a contract which will be signed by you and your host company.

Fragen wenn Du dein Praktikum in den USA gefunden wurde

Helfen Sie auch mit dem Visum für die USA?

Yes. As soon as you have secured an internship/training, we will gladly assist you in the visa process. This service is subject to additional fees. You will benefit from the complete service from a single source.

Wann und wie erhalte ich das Visum für mein Praktikum in den USA?

After you have received an internship offer from an American company, we will immediately initiate the visa process. Please note that this service must be booked additionally. Our experience has shown that you should generally plan 4-8 weeks for the visa process.

Ist es möglich, am Programm teilzunehmen, obwohl ich vorher ein J-1-Visum hatte?

Yes. The J-1 visa in the categories INTERN and TRAINEE can be applied for several times. The following requirements apply:

INTERN: Applying for a second INTERN visa is possible as long as you are registered as a student and you have studied another semester between the two internships or have completed your studies during that time.

TRAINEE: If you wish to apply for another J-1 trainee visa, you must have a minimum period of two years between both visas. The same applies if you already had a J-1 intern visa and would like to apply for the J-1 trainee visa.

Helfen Sie eine Unterkunft zu finden?

Yes. While we will not assign you housing, we will provide hands-on help in securing your accommodation.

Kann ich einen Nebenjob in den USA haben?

No. The J-1 visa is only valid for working at the host company stated in your initial application. Accepting other work offers would infringe upon U.S. visa regulations. Immediate departure to your home country will be executed. The U.S. Department of State may even ban you from coming back to the U.S. for many years.

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