J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

J-1 Exchange Visitor Program


The American Australian Association is authorized by the United States Department of State and the United States Information Agency to administer the J-1 Student Work Travel Pilot and J-1 Intern exchange visitor program.

J-1 Student Work Travel Pilot Program

In February 2009, the American Australian Association successfully received designation from the United States Department of State to be an authorized sponsor for the J-1 Student Work Travel Pilot Program.  

The Student Work Travel Pilot Program is open to eligible Australian and New Zealand citizen tertiary students only.  This exciting new program provides opportunities for current Australian and New Zealand university students to experience working, living and travelling in the Unites States for up to 12 months as J-1 Exchange Visitors.  Particpants can independently change employers and locations while on this program.

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J-1 Intern

The American Australian Association only offers J-1 Intern sponsorship to selected students who are participating in either the Washington Internship Program or the ANU-AAA Congressional Research Fellowship Program.  Individual selection for either program is by university course conveners.
Washington Internship Program
The American Australian Association is also a designated sponsor of the J-1 Intern program.  Since 2005, the American Australian Association in partnership with The Fund for American Studies has sponsored more than 100 students for Congressional Internships in Washington, DC. 

The Association’s designation is specific in purpose and available to a limited number of Australian undergraduate tertiary students from the Australian National University, ACT and Flinders University, SA. Eligible students at both universities need to apply for admission and be selected by their respective universities to undertake ‘The Washington Internship’ - an accredited political course which incorporates a six week internship in a Congressional or Senate members office on Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

The names of selected candidates are provided to the American Australian Association by the course conveners, Andrew Banfield, Australian National University and Professor Donald De Bats, Flinders University. 

ANU-AAA Congressional Research Fellowship Program
The ANU-AAA Congressional Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) places outstanding Australian honors and postgraduate students, from Australia's Group of Eight (Go8) universities, in the offices of United States Senators who serve on the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

For a period of up to 3 months, from January - April each year, CRFP fellows will assist a Senator's senior staff in developing policy advice and assisting with the day to day functioning of the office. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend foreign relations committee hearings and policy briefings held for staff in the U.S. Capitol.  Fellows will also be associated with leading foreign policy, security or economics think-tanks in Washington, D.C.

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