International Division

Columbus International Program (CIP) merged with Us Together, Inc. Columbus in October of 2017. CIP is now the International Division of US Together.  The International Division is dedicated to Promoting International Understanding through Intercultural Exchange which will continue under UST. Take a look at what they have to offer: 



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Pictured above: Mark Poeppelman, Director of International Division, with the Board of US Together, Inc. 




Professional Internships and Training:


  • Cultural and Occupational Resource Exchange program (CORE) – a program intended for participants from foreign countries who want to visit the U.S. but need help with a professional placement. The site and training, as well as support with living accommodations and U.S. visa services, are established by the International Division.  Length of stay is 1-18 months. For more information, please click here.


  • Global Partners Program – a training placement program for U.S. businesses funded by the host company or corporation. The Global Partners Program allows individuals to come to the U.S. when they have already found and established a training site with a local organization. Length of stay is 1-18 months. For more information, please click here.


  • Cultural Exchange Intern Program – designed to allow students of degree-seeking programs or recent graduates from foreign universities to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to gain professional experience in their chosen field of study. Programs are also designed to enhance Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associates. Length of stay is 1-12 months. For more information, please click here.




Short-Term Exchange Programs: 


The International Division organizes short-term intensive training programs for individuals or groups interested in a specific subject (termed “Delegations”):


  • Cultural Delegation– a program similar to CORE but with a stay of only a few weeks.


  • International Professional in Residence (IPR) On-Demand – short-term exchanges initiated by individual professionals from different countries who have field-specific interests. Participation is self-funded or grant funded.


These opportunities are designed to provide intensive training to international professionals in a variety of fields. During their training in Central Ohio, visiting professionals learn transferable skills through seminars, new professionals relationships, and meetings with local organization, businesses, and agencies. Professionals gain knowledge and tools necessary to help them grow in their careers and provide new solutions in their communities at home. All programs are personalized to the specific interests and experience of the participants.




As part of a short-term training program, all participants receive:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • An orientation to the U.S. and a tour of the city 
  • Personalized training based on the group’s needs
  • Visits to local organizations whose work is relevant to the group’s training field
  • Planned cultural visits to local museums, city landmarks, and other tourist destinations
  • Arranged living with a host family
  • A chance to interact with U.S. counterparts, both professionally and informally
  • An opportunity for you to share your country’s customs and history
  • Free time to participate in leisure activities
  • A certificate of completion















Pictured above: International Division’s Ruth Schildhouse with co-founders Nadia Kasvin and Tatyana Mindlina to the right, and a participant from Taiwan to the left.