Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost to hire an intern?
A: There is no placement fee for the host company. We charge you nothing. Our services are free for hosts.

Q: If the host company does not pay for the placement, how does EDI make any profit?
A: The applicants pay to join our program so that they can gain internship and English learning experience.

Q: How does the recruiting process for the International Volunteer program work?
A: EDI sends the cover letter and resume of one or more of the many applicants we have on file. If necessary, EDI can arrange a telephone interview at a time convenient for the host company. After the interview, the company decides if they would like the candidate or not. There is no obligation.

Q: How are the applicants' English skills?
A: Although applicants are not required to have a high level of English skill to participate in the program, they are required to have basic communication skill in English and attend English schools during the program. Program participants will have English classes in the morning and engage in internship in the afternoon.

Q: How soon will the applicant come to the United States?
A: If applicants will stay in the U.S. for less than 3 months, they do not need to obtain any visas and can come to the U.S. as soon as they are ready. (This is called the Visa Waiver program for international visitors) If applicants wish to participate in the program for longer than 3 months, English schools can issue them an I-20 to obtain an F-1 Student Visa. This visa application process may take for several weeks.

Q: How long can an applicant intern for?
A: Applicants can initially work for up to 3 months Ė Participants can apply for an F-1 Visa to stay in the U.S. for longer.

Q: Am I required to pay international interns?
A: There is no wage requirement for the host organization. No stipend is required because of internsí visa requirements. Participants cannot be paid.

Q: What kind of paperwork does the host company need to complete?
A: The only paperwork EDI needs from the host company is a position description. EDI will send you an Open Position detail sheet for the host company to fill out.

Q: I donít have any time for additional paperwork. Who will help with that?
A: EDI will coordinate the paperwork needed for the F-1 Visa process.

Q: Do applicants have any experience?
A: All applicants are well qualified and pre-screened by EDI staff.

Q: If I choose international interns, how do I know they just donít quit?
A: Applicants are motivated. They have committed to moving across the world for this experience.

Q: If I need someone who has a certain national or language background, can I request that?
A: We have applicants from around the world and most of them speak at least two languages. We are happy to assist you if you have national or language preferences.

Q: What if I donít like my intern?
A: While over 95% of out hosts have good experiences, you are not obligated to keep someone that doesnít work out. EDI will assists with transferring them or helping them return home.

Q: Do I have to cover traineeís insurance? Do trainees come to U.S. with insurance?
A: No. Applicants arrive with prepaid health insurance coverage.

Q: Who will provide accommodations while the applicant is in the U.S?
A: There is no obligation for the host company to provide accommodations. Housing is offered to the students as part of the program.