** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
The Custom Internship in New York City Program is designed for both Americans and Foreign Nationals who desire to undertake an unpaid internship with a US host company in NYC for 2-18 months. Your internship placement will be customized to you and your goals in your chosen field. Our placement coordinators work with a large variety of companies and the organization you are placed with will be determined by many factors including company needs along with your education, experience and background. The placement offer MUST be directly related to your field of academic study unless you have over five years of work experience in another field.
For international students to qualify for a J-1 visa, they must:
Be a full-time university student or start their placement no more than 12 months after their official date of graduation (Intern Category)
OR have 12 months, full-time, work experience in their field outside of the USA (Trainee Category)
OR have 5 years of work experience in a particular field (Trainee Category)
How long does the process take?
American citizens and permanent residents can be placed in a host company in as little as 2-3 weeks. No visa is necessary so you can start your assignment right away.
Non-U.S. Citizens: 90-120 days from the time we (or you) secure a host company placement.
Non-U.S. citizens pay a little more for the visa paperwork and processing.
Custom Internship Placement
Visa Assistance and processing of the J-1
Computer Science/ Networking
Hospitality & Tourism
Law & Public Administration
Media & Communications
Theater or Theater Management
For a detailed list of specific areas within these general fields, click here.
Our visa office does not sponsor J-1 Trainees in the following Subject Fields (U.S. citizens are exempt from this rule): Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling, Social Services, Medical and Health-Related Occupations or Aviation
Airfare to/from New York City
Mandatory for Non-U.S. citizens:
SEVIS Fee: approximately $180
U.S. Embassy interview fee: approximately $160
Health Insurance ($55 per month)
Site visit fee: $250 (required by the State Department to conduct a site visit to each host company)
VISA Fee (as listed in the chart below, based on duration)
All U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and F-1 visa students are eligible
Non U.S. citizens:
Currently enrolled as a under graduate or graduate student or
Recent graduate your placement starts within 12 months of your official graduation date.
Relevant academic background and/or work experience in desired field
"I have started training at Production Central in New York and so far I'm really enjoying the program. I'm assisting on set, editing, operating cameras, researching and learning something new everyday. The city too is absolutely inspiring and magnificent. It truly is a fantastic experience and I definitely advice all students or trainees to gain international experience. It's really worth it, well at least for me!"- Zoe K. (South Africa)
"The company you found for me is great place to work. Sometimes challenging but over all great. I am learning a lot and Isaac is also a very good Boss. I am enjoying my experience here and I am glad and thankful for this amazing opportunity. Thank you."- Fibian R.