November 2021
What an exciting time to be in Atlanta! The Atlanta Braves are back in the World Series for the first time since 1999. They’ll face the Astros in Game 6 on Tuesday.
The travel restrictions for travelers from Schengen will no longer be in effect as of November 8. According to the US Embassy all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status and of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

When America reopens and with many Swedes eager to gain international experience, now is a great time to host a Nordic intern. Our members can utilize SACC-USA’s Talent Mobility Program and get top talent from Sweden in 2022. A Nordic intern can contribute a specific skill set and new ideas for a company’s successful operations post-Covid. Please let me know if you have questions about the talent mobility program.

For 2022 SACC GA is looking for a 12-month intern. Through a scholarship from The Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad we are thrilled to offer a scholarship that covers living expenses for the year. If you know of a suitable student at a Swedish university please encourage them to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Ida Pond
Executive Director SACC GA
November 2-4, 2021
SACC Summit Phoenix, AZ

November 3, 2021
Webinar Cryptocurrency, Zoom
November 10-11, 2021
Green Connections, San Diego
November 18, 2021
Virtual Mixology, Zoom
Scholarship available
Our internship program offers companies and organizations in Georgia to host highly qualified and bilingual interns from Sweden for a stay between 6 and 18 months. With a minimum age of 21, many of the candidates have received a bachelor or master’s degree in topics like technology, marketing or computer programming, and some of them have already gained experience and specialized skills within their field.
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) assists host companies by:  
  • Matchmaking, we will find the right candidate, based on your specific needs.
  • Making the arrangement, including application for a J-1 visa
  • Providing an introduction for the intern
  • Providing an easy visa application process, where SACC will be the sponsor
  • Provide you with a contact person at the chamber during the internship
Benefits for the host company: 
  • Qualified interns. You can host well-educated, motivated and bilingual trainees in a training program up to 18 months.
  • International exposure.
  • Large pool of pre-screened candidates. SACC will post your position on their website and distribute it to our network in Sweden to generate applications specifically for your position.
  • Peace of mind. SACC reviews candidate applications so that you are ensured that they meet the criteria set by the U.S. Department of State for the J-1 visa.
  • It is easy. SACC guides you and your intern through the application process and assists with the necessary documentation.
  • Low cost. The host organization pay a flat fee, and a stipend to the intern equivalent to the cost of living in the host company’s location. There are no social security or Medicare taxes for a J-1 trainee.
We had the honor of speaking with Ralph Howard, Chairman of Vasa in Atlanta.
What is your connection to Sweden?

My connection to Sweden is my wife. We have been married for 37 years. We met on a blind date in West Germany in November 1983. ​​After Ralph completed his military service and graduate school in Alabama, the couple moved to Atlanta and have lived here since. 
Tell us a little bit about your organization, what does Vasa do?
The Vasa lodge in Atlanta is one out of 18 districts of the Vasa Order. Vasa is about sharing, enjoying and propagating Scandinavian culture and heritage. As a group of 30-55 members in Atlanta we celebrate all the classic Swedish holidays, have members' meetings and we try to celebrate other nationalities beside Sweden, with representatives from other countries, where they get to show us their culture. 

Vasa’s name reflects the organization’s roots as a Swedish-American fraternal organization and started more than a century ago. Vasa Order of America emerged from the many Swedish societies that existed as a safety net for early immigrants. The Vasa Order comprises the Grand Lodge, 18 District Lodges, and nearly 200 local lodges.
Who are your members? If you are not a member, how do you become a member?

Our members were born in Nordic countries, are of Nordic ancestry or the spouse of an active Vasa member, are a non-Nordic widow or widower of a Vasa member, or are committed to the promotion and advancement of Swedish and Nordic heritage and culture.
Do you have anything planned for the coming months?
Usually, we celebrate the classic Swedish holidays and other Nordic holidays. Unfortunately, we do not have anything planned right now because of the Covid situation. We are hoping to plan something soon for our members. 
For more information about Vasa in Atlanta, please visit the website.
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Corporate Membership
$650 - midsize to large companies, over 50 employees

Business Membership
$275 - small companies, under 50 employees

Individual Membership
$100 - for individuals, not companies

1+1 Individual Membership
$150 - for 2 individuals to join together

Young Professional Membership
$50 - for individual members up to 40