Each summer, The Project Children Intern Program provide between 30 - 45 internships in various locations in the USA. These are made available to students in 3rd level full time education. The internships run for 8 weeks and are in a number of different fields. The program is heavily subsidised, with only a minimal cost to successful applicants.
In early February, eligible students are invited to apply for the program. This process involves submitting an online application form, and various items of supporting documentation. They must be received by Project Children before the deadline date, which is typically in late March or early April.
During April, the Project Children (NI) board will review applications and shortlist a number of these applicants. Shortlisted applicants will proceed to the next section of the application. This involves being called for a short interview during mid April. Shortly after the interviews, the board will make its final selections, and those successful candidates will be notified.
All of the successful candidates will attend a 1 day orientation event in May. During this event full details will be provided to the participants, as well as guidance for applying for their J1 visa. They will get the chance to meet their fellow interns, and meet previous participants of the program.
Participants will prepare their J1 visa applications, and attend a short visa interview at the US consulate in late May or early June.
The program runs from mid June until mid August. A selection of the participants will be given the opportunity to spend their first week of the program assisting with a Habitat for Humanity house build project on the gulf coast, before commencing with their internships. Project Children will cover all travel and costs of this.
On returning home, all participants will automatically become members of the Project Children Alumni Association. Through the association, they will have the opportunity to attend reunions, and to assist with fundraising and other Project Children initiatives.