The SWAP SUMMER USA 2017 program

Spend your summer living and working in the USA! With so many options to choose from - 50 states, dozens of iconic cities, and hundreds of seasonal jobs available - SWAP Working Holiday's Summer USA program gives you the flexibility to choose where you want to work and get the job you want.


If you're a full-time student or a 2016/17 graduate, you can experience a summer living and working alongside locals and using your downtime to meet new friends and explore the USA. With the cost of living being substantially lower than in Canada and a strong US dollar, there's no better time to live and work in the US! Securing your job before entering the country means you can hit the ground running and start making money as soon as you arrive. You'll find that the program pays for itself quickly and allows you to cover some of your travel as well. You'll get a feel for the American way of life, gain valuable work experience, and add to your resume. But it's not just all about work - from road-tripping Route 66 to standing in awe of the Statue of Liberty, and celebrating the 4th of July in style - it can all be part of your red, white, and blue summer!


When you GO with SWAP, whether you decide to serve high-rollers in fast-paced Las Vegas or work the front desk at a beachfront escape in Cape Cod, you'll always get our personalized support. From getting through intimidating paperwork to securing a limited J-1 visa, getting essential information, and insuring your travels - SWAP's got you covered every step of the way!

What's included when you GO with SWAP
Finding a summer job in the US

Participants on the Summer Work and Travel J-1 visa can work in paid seasonal summer jobs, anywhere in the United States. Seasonal jobs are those that become available ONLY in the summer where there is an increased (i.e. "seasonal") need for more staff.


Internships and unpaid volunteer positions are not permitted on this J-1 type (but we have programs for more career-related work), so please check out the SWAP USA programs comparison chart to make sure which is the best program for you.


Here is some general information to remember about the job:

  • You must be paid at least the minimum wage of the state you will be working in.
  • All employers must have an EIN number, Workers Compensation Insurance, and confirmation that you'll be covered under their policy.
  • All work must be temporary and your employer must have a seasonal need to hire additional staff.

To help you in your US job search, we have provided a number of online resources (on the right) to help you get started. Bookmark this page and go to those sites everyday - new placements are added daily.


What kind of (seasonal summer) jobs can you work at in the US? What does "seasonal" mean?

We cannot stress this enough, but please be familiar with this information.

What kinds of jobs can't I do in the US?

The J-1 visa has a number of restrictions. Please carefully read this information.

How long can you stay in the US?

Your visa will be valid for any period of up to 4 months between May 1st 2017 and September 15th 2017, and you will need to decide on your own visa start date. You are permitted to enter the US up to 5 days prior to your visa start date and may remain, as a tourist, up to 30 days after your end date. The travel insurance that's included in your package (and mandated by the US) will cover you for the whole time you're in the States - so no worries there!

You've decided that you want to live and work in the US this summer. Now what?

Great to hear! Congratulations! Now let us help you get approved and on your way to the best summer ever.

The Summer USA program is only $990 for any period up to 4 months.

That's less than $248/month while your paycheques will be in stronger US dollars! The Summer USA program also includes everything listed here, including travel insurance covering your entire stay.


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