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Co-op Program Directory

The Co-operative Education Directory is a comprehensive listing of the post-secondary co-operative education programs of member institutions in Canada.




Cultural Vistas

CAFCE is pleased to have entered into a partnership with Cultural Vistas, a US-based organization that helps students obtain J-1 visas required to work in the United States (http://www.culturalvistas.org /). 

CAFCE members can direct their students to Cultural Vistas for a discount on the cost of the J-1 visa. For students whose work term is not more than three (3) months, the cost is $ 750 and for those with a work term of three (3) to twelve (12) months, the cost is $ 800. Although there are additional fees, such as one-time fees and health care costs, this represents significant savings for our students.

Members are not obliged to take advantage of the agreement in this regard, but it is now part of the benefits offered to members.

Click here to view a presentation that was given at the 2014 CAFCE Conference on this partnership. Click here to view the CV fact sheet.

CAFCE/CICD Partnership Information 

Center for International Career Development provides university students with the opportunity to experience American culture and gain valuable professional skills in their field through J-1 Internships in the USA. CICD is a US Department of State-designated J-1 Program Sponsor promoting excellence in cultural exchange since 1997.

CICD provides personal, end-to-end service from initial application to successful program completion. A single coordinator is assigned to each application, so the student and company have one point of contact throughout their entire internship experience. CICD provides ongoing support for all programmatic matters throughout each intern’s program in the US, including a 24-hour emergency line. CICD provides interns and host companies with helpful resources and information throughout their programs.

CICD Program Fees:

In partnership with CAFCE, CICD offers co-op students from CAFCE member institutions reduced fees for J-1 program sponsorship services. All fees can be paid by the J-1 intern, the host company or a third party.

Length of internship      Regular Cost CAFCE member cost
1-3 months US $750 

US $725 (savings of US $25)

3-6 months US $795 

US $725 (savings of US $70)

6-12 months    US $995 US $800 (savings of US $195)

CICD does NOT require host companies to pay for sponsorship services!

Optional Services and Fees:

Expedited service: US $450

  • Optional 5 business day expedited processing service (contact CICD for details)

Accident and Injury Insurance: US $45/month or US $65/month

  • Option to provide proof of health insurance that meets Dept. of State requirements

Site Visit Fee: US $185

  • Required for new host companies with fewer than 25 full-time employees on-site or less than $3 million in annual revenue


  • Interns will be responsible for paying the SEVIS fee (US $180) directly to the Department of State; CICD does not invoice for or include this service
  • Only Non-Canadian interns will be responsible for paying an embassy interview fee of US $160 (contact CICD for details)

CICD’s refund policy and detailed costs (without the CAFCE member discount on program fees) can be found at CICD’s Program Fees and Refunds page.

Application Process for J-1 Program Sponsorship through CICD:

CAFCE Institution

CICD will work with one contact person at each CAFCE institution to help facilitate the J-1 process. Please provide Sophie Snowden (sophie@cicdgo.com) with the name and contact information for your institutional contact.

To ensure that co-op students from your member institution receive the CAFCE discount, please provide CICD (cicd@cicdgo.com) with a list of students who intend to apply for J-1 program sponsorship before these students apply on CICD’s website. Please also remind them to include their university contact details in their initial registration with CICD (see below for how students indicate that they come from a CAFCE member institution).


Once students have a confirmed co-op placement, they should register online at

www.cicdgo.com - How to Apply for CICD J-1 Visa Sponsorship.

Please make sure they include CAFCE in the referrals section:


…and list the contact information for their co-op contact under “Agency Information.” This allows CICD to confirm their eligibility for the CAFCE discount:



CICD assigns each student a coordinator that will provide the student and host company with application forms, handbooks and program information. After the coordinator receives all requested documents from the student and company, CICD will issue the invoice. As soon as CICD receives payment, the coordinator will interview the intern and host company supervisor, review all documents, and if needed request additional information or training plan modifications. If approved for sponsorship, CICD will issue the DS-2019 form after all parties have returned the signed contracts. CICD is there to assist students and companies throughout the entire process.

Please contact CICD with any questions regarding the application process or any other aspect of the program at cicd@cicdgo.com. Please include “CAFCE member” in the subject of the email along with the name of the co-op university.

We look forward working with you soon!