Work USA

Raise your uni holiday game. If you’re 18-30 and a full-time student, have the ultimate summer working and travelling in the USA. Earn money, make friends, discover America.

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What’s the Work USA J-1 summer program?

If you’re a full-time student, then the J-1 visa allows you to work anywhere in the USA for up to four months over your summer holidays – plus travel around America for 30 days afterwards. On our Work USA program, we’ll help match you with a summer job before you go, provide the sponsorship you need to apply for your J-1 visa, and support you throughout the whole process.

Ordinary jobs in extraordinary locations: you’ll earn a salary, experience America like a local, and have the summer of a lifetime. (Until next year, when you go back and do it again. You can do Work USA every summer you’re studying, up to three times in total!).

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So, what did you do over the holidays?

So, what did you do over the holidays?

Not much. Worked in a hotel on Catalina Island in California, went hiking in the Hollywood Hills and surfing in the O.C. at weekends, road tripped along Route 66 at the end of the summer with my new work mates.
Just your average summer with Work USA, then. Book now for summer 2023.

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Earn over USD $8,000* next summer

Earn over USD $8,000* next summer

Make your summer work for you. Depending on the job and location, you can earn over USD $8,000 including tips working in America over the summer. Plus, you’ll add international job experience to your CV and show future employers you have the confidence to live and work abroad.

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The need to know before you go


BUNAC presents Ordinary jobs in extraordinary locations

18-30 and a student? America needs you. Official sponsors of the all-American summer since 1962: we provide the sponsorship, job support and visa assistance you need to spend your summer Stateside.


Book with travellers. Expert job hunters, visa translators and parent whisperers all our team have worked or volunteered abroad.


We support you at every stage of the J-1 visa process, including arranging your visa paperwork, advising on your embassy interview and checking all your documents.


We help you to find a paid summer job before you go, connecting you with US employers looking to hire international students from our Work USA program.


Our longest running BUNAC program, we’ve been helping to create the American dream for students since 1962. Trust US when we say we’re US obsessed.


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*All figures are based on the available jobs, advertised salary and accommodation costs for our Work USA 2024 program. This example is based on working 40 hours a week over the 12-week summer period. To see how this figure is calculated and what you can earn in other roles, please visit our cost and inclusions page. BUNAC is not liable for any differences in these salaries, directly or indirectly related to your performance. This should be used as a guide only.

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