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About AIFS

Founded in 1964, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. With global offices in 6 countries, AIFS facilitates cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 traveling participants each year. AIFS programs include professional training, college study abroad, internships abroad, au pair placement, camp counselors and staff, high school study/travel and insurance services. Since 1964, more than 1.6 million individuals have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.

AIFS, an industry leader, has served as a J-1 visa sponsor for six decades. The organization is currently designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 visas in the following categories: Au Pair, Camp Counselor, Intern and Trainee.

AIFS Professional Pathways administers J-1 visa sponsorship for international Interns and Trainees pursing professional opportunities with multisector businesses across the U.S. This division of AIFS supports U.S. companies, immigration firms, universities, partners, students, and professional at all levels.

Professional Pathways Leadership

Shaina Katz, Vice President

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Shaina has worked in professional and cultural exchange for 15 years, including overseeing and scaling J-1 Intern and Trainee Visa sponsorship programs for over a decade. With vast experience as a J-1 expert and federal Responsible Officer, Shaina has facilitated programs across all industries, with students and professionals from over 100 countries, and has served as a trusted partner to the most globally recognized companies, immigration firms, and international academic institutions. She understands the complexities of the U.S. immigration system, has a reputation for ensuring outstanding program and stakeholder compliance, and is eager to tailor partnerships to creatively meet the needs of businesses facilitating these talent development opportunities.

Shaina advises businesses and academic institutions on the J-1 Visa and approaches to developing robust training programs. She also coaches students and professionals on career readiness and the U.S. job application process.

Shaina holds master's degrees from American University's School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and from Clark University in Professional Communications.

Shaina volunteers as a career mentor for newly resettled refugees and with international peacebuilding non-profits looking to maximize their impact. She travels extensively and deeply believes in the transformative power of cultural exchange – for individuals of all ages and backgrounds – as the most effective tool for education, peace, innovation, and personal growth.

Shaina has worked in professional and cultural exchange for 15 years, including overseeing and scaling J-1 Intern and Trainee Visa sponsorship programs for over a decade. With vast experience as a J-1 expert and federal Responsible Officer, Shaina has facilitated programs across all industries, with students and professional from over 100 countries, and has served as a trusted partner to the most globally recognized companies, immigration firms, and international academic institutions. She understands the complexities of the U.S. immigration system, has a reputation for ensuring outstanding program and stakeholder compliance, and is eager to tailor partnerships to creatively meet the needs of businesses facilitating these talent development opportunities.

Shaina advises businesses and academic institutions on the J-1 Visa and approaches to developing robust training programs. She also coaches students and professionals on career readiness and the U.S. job application process.

Shaina holds master's degrees from American University's School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and from Clark University in Professional Communications.

Shaina volunteers as a career mentor for newly resettled refugees and with international peacebuilding non-profits looking to maximize their impact. She travels extensively and deeply believes in the transformative power of cultural exchange – for individuals of all ages and backgrounds – as the most effective tool for education, peace, innovation, and personal growth.