• Increase your competitiveness in the global marketplace
  • Gain access to the resources of IIE, one of the world’s largest organizations in international education and training
  • Build a global network of connections and gain hands-on experience
  • Strengthen your English and gain exposure to U.S. professional culture
  • J-1 visa sponsorship for qualified applicants and support provided throughout your opportunity 

What is GET - Internships and Research?

In today's increasingly interconnected world, the importance of cross-cultural professional and academic experiences is vital. By participating in a GET opportunity in the United States, you will experience hands-on training in your field to help you stand out in today’s global job market. Not only will you have access to internships and innovative research, all GET programs are comprehensive and include activities and events to make the most of your time in the U.S.

What's included in a GET opportunity?

GET internship opportunities are package deals. Each opportunity includes housing, meals, tuition or program fees for participation as well as J-1 visa sponsorship. J-1 visa compliant insurance is arranged by IIE and included in the program’s total cost. The I-901 SEVIS fee (or other J-1 visa related fees) and travel will be assumed by the participant. In addition to the all-inclusive features of each opportunity, we have partnered with leading institutions and companies to ensure that you get a well-rounded experience and make the most of your time in the United States.

Along with research and career-related opportunities, participants will be immersed in cultural experiences such as visits to museum exhibits, field trips to U.S. landmarks, recreational activities, theater and musical productions, and national holiday events.  Participants also spend their time living on-campus at a U.S. university, enjoying both the academic environment on-campus and also the towns and cities surrounding each campus.  Many of our opportunities take place in major U.S. cities, such as Chicago, New York, and New Orleans.

GET internship opportunities include a combination of some or all of these activities: hands-on research, laboratory time, mentorship, industry-focused lectures, and site visits to companies and organizations relevant or influential to a specific field. Opportunities are full time, requiring 30+ hours of work per week, and can range from 4 weeks to 16 weeks in duration.

Example GET internship opportunities* include:

  • Software engineering development for cancer research in Chicago
  • Design, construction and maintenance of sustainable infrastructure projects in New York City
  • Conducting cutting edge computer science research in Chicago
  • Learning to solve global pollution problems out of New Orleans
  • Applying lean enterprise practices to solve real challenges faced by companies in Knoxville
  • Voice-controlled robotic vehicle development outside of New York City

*These are examples of GET internship opportunities. GET internship opportunities change seasonally and we cannot guarantee that the above opportunities will be available at time of application.

Who will I be working with during GET?

All opportunities listed on our site are carefully selected by IIE. You will be supervised by a professional in your field and will receive specific guidance and training related to your academic and professional goals and objectives. The GET team at IIE will be in touch with you throughout your experience if you have any questions or need support.

How long are the internships/research assistantships?

GET opportunities can range from 4 to 16 weeks. Our partners offer shorter-term opportunities, generally lasting 4 – 6 weeks and longer-term opportunities, generally lasting 7 to 16 weeks. The length of the opportunity will vary depending on the program you choose and your time frame.

What's the cost?

An average opportunity cost may range from $5,000 to $10,000 USD. The cost varies depending on the program length and location.  Each cost includes housing meals, tuition of program fee for participation, IIE’s administrative fee, J-1 visa sponsorship and monitoring, and J-1 visa compliant insurance. The I-901 SEVIS fee, or other J-1 visa related costs, and personal expenses, including airfare, are not included and will be assumed by the participant. Please see additional information on cost and fees by visiting the Apply Now page.

J-1 visa category information

You may not be eligible for certain opportunities listed on the GET Database if you have been in the United States on a J-1 visa in any category for the last 12 months for more than a total of 6 months OR for the last 24 months on a J-1 visa in the professor or research scholar category. If your J-1 exchange visitor sponsorship is provided under the professor or research scholar category you may not return to the United States for participation in another professor or research scholar J-1 exchange program for a period of 2 years following the end of your GET opportunity.