Agricultural Internship and Training USA
How does it work?
The Agricultural Program has been developed to allow international agriculturalists to pursue training in the area of agri-business in order to improve their knowledge of advanced agrarian practices, techniques, methodologies and expertise, while enhancing their knowledge of American culture. A customized training plan is prepared for each participant that outlines specific objectives and phases of training and supervision and evaluation procedures to be used during the program.
Usually, we are recruiting young agriculturalists, primarily from agricultural universities. These young people, of which approximately 85% are male, are placed on the following work fields:
- Crop operations
- Livestock operations
- Horticultural operations
- Turf management placements – primarily golf courses
- The placement of applicants will be made on specific criteria depending on education, work experience, skills and abilities.
Participant should all have a fairly strong theoretical understanding of whatever field they are pursuing training in and will hopefully have some amount of experience in their field already. This will make them that much more attractive to a prospective host. It is a “learn-by-doing” program. It is very important to point out that these placements are not observation or research or supervisory placements. The kids will be training and working shoulder to shoulder with their supervisors and other farm/business employees.
Validity of program: Registration in this program is open all throughout the year. There is no pre-set admision period or start date.
Duration of program: between 9 and 12 months, prefferably the placement of 12 months.
Housing: is either provided at no charge or at minimal charge and this will be explained in the outline letter they receive along with the training plan (Department of State form DS-7002).
Payment/Salary: some host sites/employees pay a fixed monthly stipend and some pay an hour wage (both options based on minimum wage requirements). It is fairly common for participants to earn $900 to $1,500 per month, which should leave them with $500 to $1,100 left over after they pay their living expenses.
We have outlined minimum eligibility requirements for applicants for the Agricultural Program:
Be at least 18 years old
Have either a round trip ticket or sufficient money for return airfare home
Have proficient English skills to perform internship activities
Have adequate hands-on experience in the field they are applying for
Have university degrees and coursework that supplements their practical experience.
Internship applicants/participants must:
Either be currently enrolled in, and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. or graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor program start date
Enter the U.S. to participate in a structured and guided work-based internship program in his or her specific academic field
Possess either a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field acquired outside the U.S., or five years of work experience outside the U.S. in his or her occupational field.
Enter the U.S. to participate in a structured and guided work-based training program in his or her specific occupational field.
Training applicants/participants must:
Send a Resume/CV with picture along with the registration forms to Student Travel
Fill out the AG forms
You hold an english interview with a STR representative
After acceptance in the program you pay the registration fee
The applications are reviewed and sent to employees, them being the ones who have the final decision of accepting or not a candidate.
Skype interviews will be held before and after the host accepts an applicant in order to test his/hers level of English
After receiving a placement, the second fee of the program will be paid
Receiving the work permit DS-2019 from USA
Supporting the interview with the US Embassy for obtaining the J-1 visa
Purchasing the plane ticket
- Enrollment fee: 250 USD
- The second fee of the program: 600 USD – includes medical insurance throughout the internship period, placement and work permit
- Sevis fee: 180 USD
- Visa fee: 160 USD
- Plane ticket: Student Travel assists you in obtaining your flight ticket