SCA welcomes applications from all over the world, and international applicants are given the same consideration for positions as U.S. citizens. In 2007 we had a total of 24 foreign interns, including 10 from Japan, 4 from the United Kingdom, 2 from Mexico, and one each from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Colombia, and Spain.
All foreign citizens are required to obtain U.S. visas if selected for an SCA internship (J-1 visas for National Park Service and US Forest Service sites, or B-1 visas for all other agencies and organizations). SCA will provide up to $650 in travel reimbursement, round-trip, between the intern’s home country and the site where the intern serves.
While SCA accepts international applications, some of our positions cannot select volunteers who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, including all positions which last six months or longer and any positions with the U.S. Department of Defense including Air Force, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Marine Corps and Navy. In addition, international applicants must complete additional requirements during the application and selection process.
Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must submit a TOEFL score taken within the last two years with their SCA application.
A word of caution: Applicants from outside the U.S, if they are selected for a position, must secure a visa after the selection has occurred. Non-U.S. citizens are not allowed to serve internships on a tourist visa. If you are selected for an internship, SCA will send you materials for your visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and we will endorse your visa application. But it is your responsibility to secure the proper visa.