International Exchange of North America (IENA) was established in 1995 to arrange reciprocal international work exchange programs to and from the USA for college students, recent graduates and others. We sponsor participants from around the globe — United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Serbia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Thailand, China, Romania, Peru, Argentina and more — to come and work in the USA for periods of 4 to 12 months.
IENA is designated by the US Department of State to sponsor several J-1 visa categories. We also work closely with our overseas Partners to develop opportunities for US students and others to work and travel in other countries.
We aim to further the original goals behind the US J Visa and similar programs offered by other governments. We promote the benefits of international work exchange programs and provide eligible participants from around the world with the opportunity to learn about another country by living and working there.
We believe each participant is an individual adult whose attitude and sense of personal responsibility and commitment are major elements in his/her success in the program. Our role is to provide the knowledge and support to ensure that success.
We pride ourselves on the service and support that we provide to our participants, Partners and employers. Our staff and directors are always available to assist and provide practical advice based on 35+ years of experience with more than a quarter of a million participants. There are many other programs, but no one matches our support services or the experience of our team.
IENA has offices in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York City.