Internships and traineeships in San Diego (California)

Paid internships and traineeships in San Diego (California), USA

Internships USA offers a complete package which allow get internships in San Diego for international or national students. Our package includes the internship search and or J1 Visa sponsoring, in case you are a foreign students which needs to have a VISA to do the placement in the USA.

Internship in the “America’s finest city”, San Diego (California), USA

Popular for its kilometres and kilometres of white-sand beaches and great weather, San Diego is one of the most attractive cities in California. If you are thinking about doing a paid internship in California, you should consider not only Los Angeles or San Francisco, but also San Diego. It goes without saying that San Diego is always a good idea if you want to develop your skills in the Tourism and Hospitality field as it is one of the most famous destinations for travelers and surf-lovers. International trade is also one of their greatest strenghts.

Internship fields available in San Diego.

In San Diego, you can get almost any type of internship. In case you need a visa and apply for a J1 visa internship it has to be one of the fields allowed by the J1 program. We offer placements mainly in Business, Engineering, Design, Law and Tourism.

  • Business: marketing, finance, business development, management, Business, Commerce and Finance;
  • Engineering: IT development, Backend / Frontend development
  • Design: Web / Graphic design
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Law

Benefits of the placements. What kind of benefits are commonly offered for a J1 internship?

Placements in the USA are generally paid though it depends on the profile, lenght, field,etc… We offer a guarantee of remuneration in all the fields but in law, which is a field that generally does not offer stipend for candidates.

  • In the business placements, we offer a guarantee of 500$ / month for a 6 months placement and 1000$ for a 12 months placement. Though in San Diego this stipend tends to be higher, that is not guaranteed.
  • In the tourism field, we offer a compensation which ranges from 1400-2500 $ for a 40 hours placement and it could include housing depending on the place.
  • In the IT development and design placements there is a big fluctuation in the stiped, we offer the same guarantee than in business placements but well qualified students can get well-paid placements.

Check in the description of our programs further details.


An internship or traineeship in the USA must be at least 3 months in duration. However, it is very difficult to find an internship for such a short amount of time as most employers wish to have interns for a period of at least 6 months. The maximum duration for a J1 internship in the business field in the USA is 12 months and 18 months for a traineeship.

Extension of a participant’s placement to the maximum duration of the program is possible; however to do so will incur additional costs as a new DS-2019 will have to be completed showing the new dates of the extension. Due to the additional time and cost it will take to extend the duration of your stay, we recommend that beforehand you decide definitively how long you would like to stay in the USA.

Living in San Diego city costs, accomodation and others

The biggest cost of students going to San Diego is the accommodation which is an average of 900$ for a studio. Therefore, a room can cost you 500-600$ easily for a shared appartment in the city. If you do not mind travelling 45′ or 1 hour every day that amount can be decreased. In any case, we offer you support to look for a room in Chicago, so we will advice you where to look and even pass you some contacts of direct owners in certain areas that we have.

Transportation is also you need to keep in mind, an unlimited monthly pass for metro and bus costs 72$ per month in San Diego. Food will take you around 150$ per month. Said this, you will need a basic amount of 1000$ per month of stay while living in San Diego, but we do recommend to have some higher saving to live comfortably in San Diego. This city is not one of the cheapest cities in the U.S., but still cheaper than other cities like New York, Boston or San Francisco.

Am I elegible for an internship in San Diego?

In case you are an US national or hold a green card visa you can apply anytime for an internship.
In case you are a foreigner and you need an internship, you need to apply through the J1 internship and traineeship scheme:

Internships: foreigners enrolled in academic studies or who has graduated from an overseas institution no more than 12 months prior to the start date of his or her exchange visitor program can make an internship program.
Traineeships: foreigners who have at least 1 year experience in the field they wish to become a trainee can enroll in the traineeship program.

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