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Culinary J-1 Internship Program



About the J-1 Cultural Exchange Program

The U.S.A. J-1 Training Program is a cultural exchange program by the U.S. Department of State, which gives students, recent graduates and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to come to the U.S. and share their culture and ideas with Americans while receiving in-depth training in the best hotels and resorts throughout the United States for up to 12 months.

  • Live in the United States for 12 months and receive in-depth training in the Culinary department.

  • Receive $10 per hour while undergoing training.

  • Receive a minimum of 32 hours per week of training, with a normal work week being 40 hours.

  • Subsidized housing, only $80 per week in rent.

  • Learn about the U.S. culture and experience in a U.S. workplace.

  • Improve your English language skills.

  • Travel through the United States for up to 30 days after your training program has finished

  • Training 4 Hospitality offers a complete J-1 program. Program fees include your J-1 visa documentation, a fantastic hourly paid position in Culinary Arts or Front Office, insurance premiums, sourcing of housing, preparation for your hotel interview and embassy appointment interview, pre-departure orientation, 24/7 emergency support while you are in the USA and much more!

  • You are currently enrolled in a Hospitality or Culinary degree and your college is recognized by your local government OR

  • You have graduated from a Hospitality or Culinary degree in the past 12 months OR

  • You have graduated from a Hospitality or Culinary degree longer than 12 months ago and have 12 months of full time work experience in the Hospitality industry or Culinary Arts outside the United States OR

  • You have at least 5 years of full time work experience in the Hospitality or Culinary industry


Training 4 Hospitality is very transparant about our program fees. All fees are listed here and are in U.S. dollars:​

  • Program Fees 6 months: $2,695

  • Program Fees 12 months: $3,295

A $200 deposit will be charged after the screening interview with us. The remainder of the fees is paid after a placement has been secured.

Costs that are not included:

  • SEVIS fee: $220

  • Embassy appointment fee: $160

  • Airfare


All Training positions are hourly paid. The hourly pay for this specific training is $10 per hour. Your hourly pay covers your living expenses and gives you the opportunity to save some money.

You have to pay taxes on your pay, which will be withheld automatically by your Host Employer. Taxes in Wisconsin are quite low (around 10%). By submitting a tax return at the end of the year, you can get most of your taxes back.


The Abbey Resort is the place for guests to chill along Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. This prestigious full service resort  boasts 334 rooms and suites, 14 villas, multiple Food & Beverage outlets and a varied menu. The perfect place for a Culinary training program!


Open positions and Start Date

Culinary Arts

February, 2019

Hourly Pay and Number of Hours

$10, guaranteed 32 hours per week

(35-40 hours on average)


Fontana on Geneva Lake, WI

Culinary Training Rotations

Prep Kitchen - Main Kitchen - Bakery - Banquet Kitchen - Outlet Kitchens


We keep the application process as simple as possible for your convenience.​ Please find the application steps here:

  1. Submit your application using the online application form or our paper application form.

  2. Have a Skype interview with us. You'll receive an invitation through email within 2 days after submitting your application.

  3. Pay your $200 program deposit and start collecting your J-1 visa documentation.

  4. Review the offer for the Front Office or Culinary training position we send you and prepare for your hotel interview.

  5. After a successful hotel interview, sign your hotel offer letter, which explains the position, hourly pay and other important details and pay your remaining program fees.

  6. Send Training 4 Hospitality your J-1 visa documentation so you can be sent the J-1 visa documentation (these are called DS forms).

  7. Prepare for your embassy appointment at your local U.S. embassy. We help you prepare for a successful appointment.

  8. Receive proof of your insurance and arrange housing with the help of Training 4 Hospitality. 

  9. Visit the U.S. embassy. After a successful appointment you receive your J-1 visa within a couple of days.

  10. Book your flight and start an amazing adventure in the United States!

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