Here you will find information about jobs for work and travel participants. Please make sure you learn about prohibited jobs to be sure that your chosen position will not be rejected by United Studies.

Participants in the Summer Work and Travel (SWT) program must have vetted and approved employment before coming to the United States. Participants are expected to complete their contracts with their respective employers.

Secondary Employment

If you find yourself looking for new employment or a second job that does not interfere with the hours at your primary job, here are a few websites you can use to help with your job search. You can utilize any of these U.S. employment websites to help you find available job opportunities:

Indeed​Simply Hired​Monster,  Seasonal Employment, J1 Jobs, Coolworks, SummerJobs.com, Job Monkey and SnagAJob

You can also check local newspapers and company websites if you are interested in working for a specific corporation. The Department of State limits what jobs can be performed by Work and Travel participants and United Studies reserves the right to deny any job that does not comply with our policies.

Please make yourself familiar with the jobs that are not permitted by reviewing the list of Prohibited Jobs.

There are many jobs for our work and travel participants. Positions could include:

  • Lifeguard
  • Hotel service
  • Amusement park worker
  • Cashier
  • Sales person
  • Food service
  • and more

The Department of State limits what jobs can be performed​ by Work and Travel students and United Studies​ reserves the right to deny any job that does not comply with our policies.​ ​​ If you accept a job listed here and do not inform us, you will be terminated from the program and have your DS2019 revoked.

Any person visiting the U.S. without a sponsor and the authorization provided by the DS2019 is here illegally.

Please review this list of jobs that United Studies​​ will not approve.

Specific​ Prohibited Jobs

  • Any job that could bring undue attention or disrepute to the Exchange Visitor Program
  • Jobs requiring licensing
  • Warehouse or order distribution centers
  • Manufacturing jobs
  • Traveling fairs/concessions
  • Chemical pest control​
  • Sales positions where the employee has to purchase inventory to sell
  • Work in private homes providing child care, elder care, landscaping or as a personal driver
  • Pedicab or rolling chair drivers or operators
  • Operators​ of vehicles or vessels which require a drivers’ license, whether or not there are passengers
  • Medical care positions that involve patient contact
  • Any position in the adult entertainment industry
  • Jobs that require work primarily between 22:00 and 06:00
  • Jobs labeled as hazardous to youth by the Secretary of Labor, Subpart E of 29 CFR part 570
  • Jobs that require consistent physical contact with other people (i.e. body piercing, tattooing, massage, manicure)
  • Commission-based jobs that do not guarantee participants will be paid federal and state minimum wage
  • Gaming and gambling jobs that involve direct participation in wagering/betting
  • Any job that has a specific “J” visa category (camp counselors, interns, trainees)
  • ​Any job that displaces U.S. workers
  • Any job other than seasonal/temporary employment
  • Any job where the employer has had layoffs within 120 days prior to hiring
  • Any job where the employer has employees on strike

Important Notes About Jobs

  • Any job must be approved by United Studies​ prior to the start date and United Studies​ must vet every employer.
  • A student is able to change jobs, but must give United Studies​ adequate prior notification.
  • Any student found working at a position not approved by United Studies​ will be terminated from the program.
  • There is very little chance that a student will be allowed to stay in the U.S. if terminated by their program sponsor therefore it is in the student’s best interest to comply.
  • If you have questions about a specific job and its acceptability, please contact us before pursuing employment.
Female Lifeguard on duty at a swimming pool