Introduction- Inbound Program

Internship in the USA

Ohio Program helps international applicants (agricultural college students, young farmers, etc.) to find a host company to conduct internship/training in the USA. Each year, around 430 applicants obtain a J-1 visa successfully with the help of Ohio Program. Over the nearly 40 years of operations, we welcomed interns from over 100 countries!

  • The Ohio Program participants use the J-1 non-immigrant visa that allows them to experience living in the USA and gain professional training related to their field of study and future career plans.Training at Grenhouses

Type of Programs

  • Crops and Machinery - such as large scale farms producing corn, wheat, sorghum, and compaines provide harvesting servise of crop farming.

  • Livestock - typically dairy farming or swine production.

  • Horticulture - such as greenhouse production, public gardening, landscape design and construction, retail in a garden center.

  • Turfgrass - management that is golf course maintenance and greenkeeping. 

  • Creamery - farmstead cheesemaking.  Fundamental cheesemaking skills including monitoring ph, curd moisture content, and operation of the cheese vat and press,  Basic sensory evaluation of farmstead cheeses. 

  • Equine -horse farm.  Horse care techniques and nutritional management.  Horse breeding practice and prepare horse for show and basic horse training skills. 

Completion Time

A typical program takes 12 months. But for certain programs such as agricultural machinery and landscaping, the duration varies between 6 months to 10 months.

*Grace Period: After completing training, the intern/trainee will have 30 days of grace period for travel. Remeber this is for travel in the U.S. only! And if you travel outside the U.S., you can not re-enter the USA with the same, now expired, visa.

Required Health Insurance

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) sets a minimum standard level of health insurance coverage. Ohio Program will supply you with health insurance that meets this required coverage.

Orientation in Columbus, OH

Program participants need to come to the Program office in Columbus, OH for an one-day orientation before they begin their internship/training program.

Monthly Report and Evaluations

Intern/trainee must submit a monthly report each month during the internship/training program. The host will evaluate each intern/trainee bi-monthly.

Finish the Program

Ohio Program office will issue a "OSU Completion Certificate" at the end of the program to succesful participants.