Placement USA (PLUS)

Matching students with career-focused internships in the United States.

Cultural Vistas' Placement USA (PLUS) program works in cooperation with universities and government organizations to offer international students career-focused internship placements at established organizations across the United States.

Our nonprofit has a strong history of matching students with high-quality, customizable internships that provide the real-world transferable skills needed to launch successful careers. In addition to gaining professional experience, our participants learn to adapt and succeed in a new environment, forge meaningful relationships, and gain firsthand exposure to U.S. life, culture, and customs.

Leveraging its nationwide presence, Cultural Vistas can help secure internship placements across a variety of professional industries and fields, ranging from high-tech companies to law firms, non-profit and government organizations.

Program Benefits

  • Personalized internship placements with established U.S. organizations
  • Visa sponsorship necessary to enter the United States for up to 14 months (includes one month grace period before and after the internship)
  • Individualized and structured internship training plan
  • Comprehensive medical insurance coverage
  • Arrival and acculturation assistance
  • Networking opportunities and cultural events
  • Guidance through duration of the program, including 24-hour emergency support


Internship placements can last from three weeks up to 12 months.


For placement services, an applicant must be referred through a partner university and qualify under the J-1 Intern requirements:

  • Non-U.S. citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Proficiency in English
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S., with at least one completed semester, OR graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the internship's start date

For more information, or to see if your university is a current partner, please contact: