J1 Visa – Seasonal Work in the USA

J1 Visa – Seasonal Work in the USA


Are you dreaming of heading on a J1 this summer and working in one of the top cities in the USA? You’ll need an approved seasonal job before you can take part – so let USIT help you!

An Irish J-1 visa is the chance of a summer of a lifetime in the USA – live, work and explore with a summer job in the US city of your choosing where you can go with your crew or find a new tribe. Once your summer work is over, you have 30 days to travel across the US and explore everything America has to offer.

USIT, Ireland’s leading specialist in student travel, can guide you through your visa application, making sure you have all the documents you need to start your J1 process. We can also provide access to our jobs database that includes details of all the US employers you can work for and info on where they’re located. You let us know which employers you want to interview with, and we can set it all up and help make sure your CV is USA-ready. Our team can help you prep for your interview, talking you through the job role and testing your webcam to avoid a tech disaster (it happens to the best of us!)


Depending on what city you’re heading for and what type of work you’re interested in, there’s a wide range of seasonal work that you can do on your J1. Examples of past roles that our programme participants have filled include:

  • Central Park tour assistant in New York City
  • Attraction attendant in San Diego
  • Bartending in Boston
  • Hot dog vendor in Chicago
  • Boardwalk games attendant in Ocean City, New Jersey


You must:

  • Be enrolled in a full-time academic day course in a recognised Irish University or College
  • Be aged between 18 – 30 at the time of your application or by the 15th May 2022
  • Be of any nationality studying in Ireland, an Irish or Northern Irish National studying in Great Britain, OR an Irish National on Erasmus
  • Have a valid passport


Hourly pay will vary from one job to the next, but you’re guaranteed to be paid at least the federal minimum wage for working an average of 32 hours per week.

contact kerry.plante@usit.ie for more details

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