USA

If you like the idea of living and working in a big city with a small-town heart, there's no place better than Boston. Use your USIT 12 month Graduate visa to intern in engineering, technology or pharmaceuticals - the Massachusetts capital scores top marks in all of these industries.

Boston is the birthplace of America, where Paul Revere made his famous ride, patriots threw tea into the harbour and the Red Sox finally broke the curse of the Bambino. It has all the trappings of a major city, with the bonus of friendly locals, beaches in summer and ski slopes in winter.

Follow the Freedom Trail around Boston's colonial landmarks, drop into Harvard for some intellectual stimulation or enjoy views of the Charles River and surrounding New England countryside. Boston has it all, plus great nightlife, restaurants and a buzzing literary and art scene.

Where to Intern

Boston is famous for being a hub of technology, engineering, medicine and higher education, making it a top choice for life-changing career training in the USA. You'll find nearly 60 colleges within the greater Boston area, including prestigious Harvard University and Tufts Medical School. Boston is also the location of several world renowned hospitals, major banks, investment firms like Fidelity and insurance companies like John Hancock Financial Services. This is a great city in which to gain professional experience in high tech research and development, financial services, law, publishing and marketing. Tourism is a year-round industry for Boston and it also has many museums, public libraries and galleries - making it an inspiring US city to live in while using your 12 month visa.

Where to Live

From the Back Bay to the North End, the most appealing Boston neighbourhoods have excellent public transportation links, great restaurants, public parks and picturesque streets. Consider the Allston/Brighton area for a student crowd or trendy Jamaica Plain, an area well known for its diversity. Across the river, Cambridge is home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and historic brick buildings. To find your base in Boston, check out BostonForRent.com, BostonApartments.com or WeRentBoston.com.

Climate

Summers can get hot and sticky while you'll need to bundle up well during infamously snowy winters, but these extremes make Boston an ideal base for year-round outdoor ativities. Spring is alternatively bright and rainy. Massachusetts truly puts on a show come autumn, when trees explode in a riot of gold and red.