The following is taken from the AHA web site. It details what is expected from AHA interns.

Participants in our programs acknowledge that:

  • The primary purpose of AHA cultural exchange programs is to interact with U.S. citizens, practice the English language, travel and experience U.S. culture while sharing their culture with Americans.
  • They will abide by the laws of the United States.
  • They will abide by all rules and regulations applicable to U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor programs.
  • They will abide by all rules and regulations of AHA and host employer.
  • They have not come on a J-1 Visa program seeking permanent residency or employment in the U.S.
  • They are expected to follow the guidelines of employment provided by their host employer.
  • AHA is their visa sponsor. A U.S. host employer is not a visa sponsor.
  • Any wages earned during the programs are only meant to help defray living expenses during the programs. Earning money is not the primary purpose of cultural exchange programs and any monies earned may not cover all expenses of the program.
  • Host employers may terminate their employment relationship with participants.
  • Host employers do not have the authority to cancel the J-1 Visa. Only the U.S. Government or AHA has that authority.
  • They must contact AHA in the event of an emergency or if any problems occur during the program.
  • They will respond to all requests and inquiries sent from AHA.
  • They are required to leave the United States at the end of their programs.