Manny's Sweet Treats launched a Trainee Intern Program and is working with IENA (International Exchange of North America) which allows foreigners to live in the US for up to 18 months and learn new skills directly related to their professional experience.
The program is an excellent opportunity to build upon the skills and knowledge you already have and learn new skills to take home with you at the end of the program. And, of course, you'll be able to experience American culture up close and personal.
IENA will support the applicant through the visa process and would also be your resource in the US for the duration of your stay.
If the applicant is selected for a video interview, his/her/they application will remain active for any future training program or opportunities.
Do not call a Manny's Sweet Treats location asking for updates on your application. We will send an email letting you know if you move to the next face. Failure to follow any guidelines is automatic application rejection.
There is only a $5 non-refundable fee to process your application. Once the application fee is processed you will get a link that will redirect you to the application and assessment pages.
We’re looking for applicants that want to experience on-site learning with American employers. This is not an employment program, so you should be serious about learning new skills or building on skills you already have in your field of education or work experience. It would help if you also had a plan for how you intend to integrate your American experience into your future career when you return home.
Here are specific requirements for Trainees:
Manny’s Sweet Treats will guide you through your process of opening a bank account and getting your social security and driver’s license.
Aim to live close to where you work. Walking and biking allows you to get to know your neighborhood and city. You will stay physically active and save on transportation costs. For longer trips, try public transportation in your area or rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, a taxi or trains.SEVIS Reporting Contact Us
Participants will arrange their own transportation to and from the US, and to their housing/destination Check with your recruiter for information on flight deals.
The following SEVIS Validation Information is for Exchange Visitors who are sponsored by IENA ONLY and participating in our Trainee Intern Program.
If the Sponsor listed on your DS-2019 is not IENA, please STOP and contact your sponsor.Validate Your Information Here
On-line validation is not yet available. After you arrive in the U.S., IENA will contact you by email with instructions for reporting your U.S. address.
At the end of each training phase, both you and your immediate supervisor are required to submit an evaluation showing that you have successfully complete the phase. Don’t worry, IENA will send you a reminder by email to complete the survey.
We know traveling to a new country for work can raise a lot of questions. Check out our useful FAQs or reach out with questionsContact Us
When it comes to social media and American culture, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Manny’s Sweet Treats will withdraw a program offered to participants due to things we might have deemed inappropriate and found on social media. Please be aware of how you portray yourself. You are going to America in a professional capacity, and your public presence should reflect that. We highly recommend that you make all your social media private. Remember, even someone else tags you in or photos someone else posts of you can have an impression on a host site’s impression of you.
Each host site will have its own set of rules regarding social media.
You, your host site, and IENA put a lot of work into creating an internship or training program that meets your specific goals and objectives. Because we put in the work to ensure that you will learn new skills and experience the American workplace, problems are minimal. If you have any concerns about your program, contact IENA and we will work with you and the host site to solve any issues. In rare cases changing host sites is necessary. In these cases, IENA will assist you every step of the way.
Second jobs are not permitted.
You are going to hear several terms for different forms etc. during the process. Here is our IENAipedia to those forms:
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: This J-1 Visa is a government program that allows qualified students and young professionals to share their cultures and ideas with the people of the United States. This program is run by the US Department of State. Visit this website for more information.
DS-2019 Form: This form can only be issued by a US Department of State designated visa sponsor. IENA is one of those. It certifies that you are eligible to take part in the cultural exchange program and is a vital part of the application process. You will need it for your embassy appointment AND you will need it when you enter into the USA. Guard it as you would guard your passport.
SEVIS Receipt (or SEVIS I-901 Receipt): SEVIS stands for “Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.” It is a system by which the US Department of State keeps track of you on the program. You will need this form when you visit the embassy for your visa interview.
Social Security: The US Government requires all employees to apply for a Social Security Number. Your host site supervisor will help you do this upon your arrival, however, you MUST validate your arrival via your IENA account BEFORE you can apply. Once done, you will need to visit the local Social Security office. You must obtain a Social Security Card. If you already have one, then that’s yours for life.
Form I-9: All employees, foreign and domestic, are required to complete this form. It is a straightforward form and you will need your passport (including J-1 Visa) and your DS-2019. Your employer will help you complete this.
Form I-94: This is your arrival and departure record. It is a good idea to print this when you get settled and keep it with you. You cannot print it until after you have arrived in the USA. It can be printed here
W-4: This form is for tax purposes. Your host site may withhold a small amount of taxes from your salary. You ARE entitled to claim some of this back because you are not a resident of the USA. IENA partner with taxback.com to make claiming back the taxes as simple as possible
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