A-stars and stripes
There’s a reason why the USA is the number one destination for USIT travellers. (Doughnuts, definitely the doughnuts). In your twenties, every summer can be spent working at camp – or on a J1 if you’re a student. And then after college, there’s the option to work for a year on a Grad USA visa – or longer on a Trainee USA visa if you're not a graduate. Like the coffee refills, the opportunities are endless. And working in America is a slam dunk for getting ahead in your studies or career, earning good money, and having the time of your life doing it.
Need to know before you go
Where to go
Big hitters like San Diego, NYC, Chicago, Boston, LA and San Francisco are popular places to live and work – especially when it comes to J1 summer jobs and grads looking for professional job openings on their Grad USA visa. But the good news is, whether you do summer camp, J1 or any of our professional internship programs – all America visas give you at least a 30-day grace period to travel around the States either before or after your job. Often both!
What it pays
What you earn in the USA depends on the program and your experience. As a first-timer at summer camp, you’ll earn one of the highest salaries – USD $2,000 with meals and accommodation included. For J1, the hourly rate differs per state, but out J1 summer employers usually pay between USD $10-18/hour - often with discounted staff accommodation and tips. For our professional internship programs, there is uncapped earning potential.
When to go
In line with Ireland’s summer holidays (albeit with a lot more sun), Summer Camp USA and J1 run between Jun-Sep. But Irish passport holders get the best of both worlds, with our Grad USA, Internship USA and Trainee USA programs operating year-round (within the visa window and rules). Giving you the chance to experience fairytale winters and russet autumns in the Fall – as well as much-needed all-American summers on the beach.
Guaranteed USA jobs
Number 1 for J1
The original J1 provider, a summer J1 is a rite of passage for many Irish students. From San Diego to NYC, land the best summer jobs on our Job Hub. Book from September for first dibs.
Free virtual info event - Tue 6 June '23 @ 17:30
1-year Grad USA | Everything you need to know
Let's play a game. Final year student or recent grad? Want to live and work in the USA for a year? If that's a double 'yes', then log on for our Grad USA team talk to find out everything you need to know about making the move Stateside after college.
Free virtual info event - Thu 15 June '23 @ 17:30
Work & travel Australia | All the intel plus €100 off
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