Go to the U.S.

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Embassy.

In 2007, the U.S. Department of State added an internship category to the Exchange Visitor Program with the goal of providing participants with a broad exposure to U.S. culture and society, and to foster greater appreciation among Americans for the participant’s home country.    Internship programs are designed to allow foreign college and university students or recent graduates to come to the United States to receive hands-on experience in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field.

Maximum duration of internship programs is 12 months.

Interns must be foreign nationals:

  • Who are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States; orç
  • Who have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to their exchange visitor program start date.

All internship participants must secure a J-1 (Exchange Visitor) visa and must have an internship before applying for the visa.  To secure the visa, participants need:

  • A U.S. sponsor organization designated by the U.S. Department of State.
  • A DS-7002 form (Training/Internship Program Plan); describing the content of the internship program. This form is completed by the sponsor and the U.S. employer and signed by the sponsor, employer, and participant.

Tips for Applying for a U.S. Internship:

  • Write an American-style resume and cover letter that provides information on your educational background and work experience.
  • Be proactive! Internships will not come to you—you must go out and find them!
  • Brush up on your English language skills to stand out and express yourself clearly in a competitive field.
  • Have realistic expectations and set reasonable goals for yourself.
  • Plan ahead by starting the process of finding an internship at least 6 months prior to when you want to go to the United States. Also, start saving now so that you have money available to cover expenses when you find an internship.  Internships may be paid or unpaid depending on the position and company.
  • Think of the internship as an educational investment for your future career and take advantage of this “real-world” classroom that builds on your academic studies.
  • Think about different sizes of companies and look to small- and medium-sized companies where interns are often given more responsibility and more challenging projects.
  • Explore different regions of the United States.
  • Take initiative and be open to new experiences and challenges to have the most successful internship.
  • Tell potential employers about the J-1 visa, which enables you to legally intern in the United States for a minimum of 6 weeks and up to 12 months.

For more information on internships in the United States, visit:

For more information about J-1 visas, visit the J-1 Visa website, http://j1visa.state.gov/.

List of American Designated Sponsor Organizations for the Intern Program.

Several Spanish organizations are associated with American designated sponsors to select participants for this program.  Among these are:

  • IAESTE – Comité Español para el Intercambio de Estudiantes Técnicos
    Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
    Camino de Vera, s/n
    46022 Valencia
    Tel.: 96 387 77 20 – Fax: 96 387 79 06
    E-mail: spain@iaeste.org
    Web page: IAESTE.org/
  • SABATICA (Associated to “Communicating For Agriculture Scholarship & Education Foundation”)
    Phone + 34 902 107 303
    e-mail: info@sabatica.org
    Web page: Sabatica.org
  • YMCA
    Santa Engracia, 17, Madrid 28010
    28004 Madrid
    Tel.: 91-319-2126
    Fax: 91-700-0865
    E-mail: internacional@ymca.es
    Web page: http://www.ymca.es/

Secondary school students travel to the United States to study at an accredited public or private high school and live with an American host family or at an accredited boarding school.

To be able to participate, secondary school students must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age, but not more than 18 years and six months of age as of the program start date, or
  • Not have finished more than 11 years of primary and secondary school, not including kindergarten; and
  • Not have previously participated in a secondary school student academic year or semester exchange program or attended school in the United States in either F-1 or J-1 status.

For more information about this J-1 visa program, visit the J-1 Visa website.  You may also check the full list of American Designated Sponsor Organizations for the Secondary School Student Program here.  For additional information on  international education standards, please contact the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) whose mission is to evaluate and certify long-term international student exchange programs at the secondary level.

The Spanish organizations listed below are associated with American designated sponsors to select participants for this program.  The Embassy does not recommend or “rate” any of the organizations listed below.

AFS Intercultura – Since 1919
c/ Canillas, 2. Local 2  – 28002 Madrid
Tel.: 91 523 45 95 – E-Mail: info-spain@afs.org
Selects students for:
AFS USA, Inc.
20 Wall Street, 4th Fl
10005 New York, NY
Tel: +1 (800) 237-4636

Agencia de Viajes y Estudios LAP
Ctra de Húmera, 92B puerta 42
28224 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid
Tel: 91 715 95 36 / 902 430 260
Selects students for:
Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE)
7242 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: +1 858-455-0302 – E-Mail: contact@afice.org
Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations (OCEAN)
2101 E. Broadway Rd., Ste. 2, Tempe, AZ 85282
Tel: +1 (480) 907-7285 –  E-mail:  info@ocean-intl.org
Aspect Foundation
250 Columbus Ave -Suite 200
94133 San Francisco, CA
Tel: +1 (800) 879-6884
Mail: exchange@aspectfoundation.org

Alianza Idiomas S.L 
Camí de Son Rapinya, 84 – 4ºA
07013 Palma de Mallorca
Tel: 680-343-602  – 971-875-391
E-mail: alfonsotriguero@gmail.com
Selects students for:
NW Services PEACE Program, Inc
2604 Polk St – 83605 Caldwell, ID
Tel: +1 (208) 250-0379  – E-Mail: kimberlyNWS@aol.com

American Secondary School for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST)
C/Mañe y Flaquer, 8-10 (2-2)
08017 Barcelona
Tel: 93 204-7802
E-mail: semler@telefonica.net
A U.S.- based nonprofit organization that matches academically talented, multi-lingual international students with American independent private secondary schools.
Selects students for:
ASSIST (American Secondary School for Int’l Students & Teachers)
P.O. Box 969, Suffield, CT 06078 USA
Tel:+ 1 860-668-5706

Company of Linguistic Services, SL (CLS) – Since 1984
Avenida General Perón, 10-1D
28020 Madrid
Tel.: 91-447-0025 – E-Mail: info@cls-idiomas.com
Selects students for:
International Student Exchange
36 Park Ave
11706 Bay Shore, NY
Tel: +1 (800) 766-4656 – E-mail: contact@iseusa.org

Consulting Idiomas Extranjeros (CIE) – Since 1986
Nuñez de Balboa, 28
28001 Madrid
Tel: 91-435-6299/40 – E-mail: madrid@cie.es
Selects students for:
Educational Resource Development Trust
2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 322
90405 Santa Monica, California
Tel: +1 (310) 450-4624 – E-mail: info@erdtshare.org

EF Educación
Maria de Molina,  41
28006 Madrid
Tel:  91 426 4930 – E-mail: mauro.cuervo@ef.com
Selects students for:
EF Foundation for Foreign Study
One Education Street
2141 Cambridge, MA
Tel: +1 (800) 447-4273

Estudiar en USASince 2006
Velázquez 94, 1ª planta
28006 Madrid
Tel.: 91 001 9908 – E-Mail: martadiaz@estudiarenusa.com
Web: Selects students for:
Educational Resource Development Trust
2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 322
90405 Santa Monica, California
Tel: +1 (310) 450-4624 – E-mail: info@erdtshare.org

Foreign Study League – FSL
C/ Núñez de Balboa, 49 – 3 dcha.
28001 Madrid
Tel: 91 781 9910 – E-mail: info@fsl.es
Selects students for:
CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange
300 Fore St. Portland, ME 04101
Phone:  +1 (207) 553 4000 – Email: contact@ciee.org

Get ReadySince 1993
Hermanos Bécquer, 6
28006 Madrid
Tel: 91 564 0162 – E-mail: jakob@getready.es
Selects students for:
CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange
300 Fore St. Portland, ME 04101
Phone:  +1 (207) 553 4000 – Email: contact@ciee.org

IHS-International Home Student
Gaztambide, 23
28015 Madrid
Tel: 91 5446403 – Email: info@ihs-idiomas.com
Web: Selects students for:
CHI Cultural Homestay International
104 Butterfield Rd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Tel: +1 (415) 459 5397 – Email: chimain@chinet.org
ISE International Student Exchange
36 Park Ave
11706 Bay Shore, NY
Tel: +1 (800) 766 4656 – E-Mail: contact@iseusa.com

Interway
Alberto Alcocer, 46-B
28016 Madrid Tel.: 91345 9494
Tel: 91345 9494 – Email: interway@interway.es
Selects students for:
Program of Academic Exchange, P.A.X.
14 Willett Avenue
10573 Port Chester, NY
Tel: +1 (800) 555 6211

IteaSince 1994
Alcalá, 59 – 1º – 3ºB
28014 Madrid
Tel: 91 577 7100 – Email: itea@itea-idiomas.com
Selects students for:
AYUSA International
600 California Street, 10th Floor
94108 San Francisco, CA
Tel: +1 (415) 434 1221

Juventud y Cultura
Edificio Bellas Artes
Alcalá, 42-5
28014 Madrid
Tel: 91 531 2886 – E-mail: info@juvycult.es
Selects students for:
CHI Cultural Homestay International
104 Butterfield Rd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Tel: +1 (415) 459 5397 – Email: chimain@chinet.org

Lengua y Cultura Inglesa S.L. –  Since 1989
Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, 73-1ºD
28008 Madrid
Tel: 91 540 0840 – Email: lyci@lenguayculturainglesa.es
Selects students for:
Aspect Foundation
250 Columbus Ave -Suite 200
94133 San Francisco, CA
Tel: +1 (800) 879-6884
Mail: exchange@aspectfoundation.org
Education Travel & Culture
1029 SW Washington Street
97205 Portland, OR
Tel: +1 (503) 222 9803

Nacel España, S.L.
Parque de las Ciencias, 1
18006 Granada
Tel: 958 223 368 – E-mail: direccion@nacel.es
Selects students for:
Nacel Open Door
101 5th Street E – Ste 1900
55101 St. Paul, MN
E-mail: info@nacelopendoor.org

SHE Herencia/Spanish Heritage Since 1971
Antonia Mercé, 8-1
28009 Madrid
Tel: 91 431 1466 E-mail: shegroup@she.es
Selects students for:
ASSE International, Inc.
228 North Coast Highway, Dept. CS
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tel:+1 (949) 494 4100 E-Mail: info@asse.com
Face the World Foundation
755 Baywood Drive, Suite 380
94945 Petaluma, CA
Tel: +1 (707) 559 5800
ISE International Student Exchange
36 Park Ave
11706 Bay Shore, NY
Tel: +1 (800) 766 4656 – E-Mail: contact@iseusa.com

Sheffield Centre
Velázquez, 16 – Bajo Dcha.
28001 Madrid
Tel: 91 578 0744
Selects students for:
Aspect Foundation
250 Columbus Ave -Suite 200
94133 San Francisco, CA
Tel: +1 (800) 879-6884
Mail: exchange@aspectfoundation.org

Step Since 1993
Rodríguez Arias 23, 5º, Dpto. 5
48011 Bilbao
Tel: 94 416 1388 E-mail: step@steptravel.net
Selects students for:
Program of Academic Exchange, P.A.X.
14 Willett Avenue
10573 Port Chester, NY
Tel: +1 (800) 555-6211

United Studies SLU
Jose Luis Perez Pujadas 6 – 3ª Planta
18006 Granada
Tel: 958 998 285 – E-Mail: info@united-studies.com
Selects students for:
United Studies, Inc.
100 Ridgeway Street, Suite 1A
71901 Hot Springs, AR
Tel: +1 (501) 321-2000
Face the World Foundation
755 Baywood Drive, Suite 380
94945 Petaluma, CA
Tel: +1 (707) 559 5800

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Embassy.

The Summer Work Travel program provides foreign students with an opportunity to live and work in the United States during their summer vacation from college or university and to be exposed to the people and way of life in the United States.

The maximum program duration is four months. Students must return to their home country prior to the start date of their university or college.  Participants receive pay according to minimum wage, as well as assistance to seek lodging, which may be at a dormitory, apartment, or with company staff members.  Sponsors may place participants only in jobs that:

  • Are seasonal or temporary;
  • Provide opportunities for regular communication and interaction with U.S. citizens and allow participants to experience U.S. culture.

Description of the U.S. Department of State Summer Work Travel Program

AFS Intercultura
c/ Canillas, 2. Local 2
28002 Madrid
Tel.: 91 523 45 95
Fax: 91 523 55 30
Internet: http://www.afs-intercultura.org
E-Mail: info-spain@afs.org

Centro Cultural de Idiomas – CCI Spain
C/Claudio Coello 126B, 1 dcha
28006 Madrid
Tel.: 91563 3778
Fax: 91563 3750
Email: cci@ccispain.es
Internet: http://www.ccispain.es

Company of Linguistic Services, SL (CLS)
Vallehermoso, 21-23
28015 Madrid
Tel.: 91-447-0025
Fax: 91-593-8070
E-Mail: cls-idiomas@terra.es
Internet: www.cls-idiomas.com

Foreign Study League – FSL
C/ Núñez de Balboa, 49 – 3 dcha.
28001 Madrid
Tel: 91-781-9910
Fax: 91-431-9050
E-mail: info@fsl.es
Internet: http://www.fsl.es

IHS-International Home Student
Gaztambide, 23
28015 Madrid
Tel: 91 5446403
Fax:91 5445997
E-mail: info@ihs-idiomas.com
Internet: www.ihs‐idiomas.com

Infort
Paseo de la Castellana, 120-6º- Izda.
28046 Madrid
Tel.: 91562 4152/562 4346
Fax: 91561 9004
Email: idiomas@infort.org
Internet: http://www.infort.org

Juventud y Cultura
Alcalá, 42-5 – Edificio Bellas Artes
28014 Madrid
Tel: 91-531-2886
Fax: 91-532-7971
E-mail: info@juvycult.es
Internet: http://www.juvycult.es

LAP: Agencia de Viajes y Estudios
Salamaca, 14 -Pta. 4
46005 Valencia
Tel: 902 430 260
Fax: 96 381 6610
E-mail: info@agencia-lap.com
Website: http://www.agencia-lap.com

SHE Herencia/Spanish Heritage
Antonia Mercé, 8-1
28009 Madrid
Tel.: 91431 1466
Fax: 91576 9985
E-mail: shegroup@she.es
Internet: http://www.she.es/

Sheffield Centre
Velázquez, 16 – Bajo Dcha.
28001 Madrid
Tel: 91578 0744
Fax: 91435 5766
Internet: http://www.sheffield-centre.com

Step
C/ Rodríguez Arias 23, 5º, Dpto. 5
48011 Bilbao
Tlf. 94 416 13 88
Fax: 94 444 63 86
E-mail: step@steptravel.net
Internet: www.steptravel.net

If you wish to attend a Camp

Summer Camps are a long standing American tradition. The American Camp Association (ACA) estimates that approximately 10 million children attend camp annually in the United States. There are many different camp choices:

  • Traditional camps offer a wide range of activities – from hiking and swimming to arts and crafts and outdoors appreciation.
  • Specialty camps have a narrower focus or an emphasis on a specific program such as music, tennis or adventure challenges.
  • Trip camps allow the children to transport themselves to various locations by backpacking, hiking, riding, or canoeing.
  • Travel camps take campers by bus or other transportation to different geographical places of interest.
  • Family camps incorporate the entire family in the camp experience, allowing children who may not be ready to stay away from home a chance to experience camp with their parents.
  • Special Needs camps focus on children with specific medical needs.

A visa is not required to attend a summer camp. Children can travel either on a tourist visa or under the Visa Waiver program.

For a comprehensive guide to camps, including a database of over 2,400 camps, visit: www.campparents.org.

If you wish to work as a Camp Counselor

Summer Camp Counselors in the U.S.: This program allows foreign nationals to work at U.S. summer camps for up to four months.

Description of the U.S. Department of State Camp Counselor Program

Through the Au Pair program, foreign nationals between 18 and 26 years of age have an opportunity to continue their education while participating in the home life of a host family in the United States.  Au pairs provide limited childcare services for up to 12 months. An extension of 6, 9, or 12 months may be granted in certain cases. Contact your sponsor organization for more details about program extensions.

Au Pairs must be proficient in spoken English and must be a secondary school graduate or equivalent. They must also complete at least six hours of academic credit or its equivalent at an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution during their Au Pair program.

There is also an “EduCare” option.  The EduCare component of the AuPair program is for foreign nationals providing childcare for school-aged children. EduCare companions must fulfill the standard requirements to be an au pair. The EduCare participant must complete an educational component of at least 12 semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent.

Description of the U.S. Department of State Au-Pair Program

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Embassy.

Franklin Institute, University of Alcalá, Madrid

The mission of Instituto Franklin – UAH is to serve as a cooperative platform that unites Spain and North America with the objective to promote awareness and knowledge about the diversity of cultures that pertain to those territories. This mission is carried out through collaborations between Universidad de Alcalá and American higher education institutions, public or private agencies, and associations in order to foster understanding and constructive collaboration on both sides of the Atlantic.

International Institute, Madrid

The International Institute established in 1892, is located near the center of Madrid and has classrooms, a library, an auditorium, and a cafeteria. The Institute is an institution that sponsors a variety of academic and cultural programs for Americans and Spaniards, including conversation groups, lectures, and dramatic and musical performances.

Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos, Barcelona

The Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos (IEN) is an independent, non-profit, private institute that promotes English language learning and the study of the United States in Catalonia. The IEN sponsors public programs, including speakers, exhibits, and concerts. The IEN circulating English-language library has over 8,600 volumes and 110 periodicals, 430 video cassettes and 10 CD-ROM’s, and offers electronic data base search services. The IEN also offers an educational counseling service to students seeking educational opportunities in the U.S. In its 45 years of operation, the IEN has established an outstanding reputation in the Barcelona community for excellence in English teaching. Approximately 50 American teachers instruct a student body of nearly 3,600 per trimester at the principal center, the branch center in Badalona (Barcelona suburb), and in other sites around Barcelona. While the IEN is an independent institution, Public Affairs enjoys excellent relations with it and frequently sponsors conferences, exhibits, book presentations and special programs there.