Summer Work and Travel Employers

The Work & Travel Bridge USA (formerly J-1 Visa) Cultural Exchange Program is a great opportunity for qualified international university students to spend their summer vacations living, working, and experiencing life in the United States. American host companies can supplement their American staff during the busy season with students from around the world. Qualified Exchange Visitors are issued a J-1 Work and Travel visa, which allows them to work during their summer break from school for a maximum of four months, and then travel for up to 30 days to experience American culture, improve their English language skills and explore the United States.

IENA and its recruiting partners match companies with highly motivated university students from around the world and provides them with the authorization and support they need to be a valuable member of your seasonal team while earning money to support their stay in the US. All applicants are fully screened through a detailed application process and are evaluated on their language ability, if English is not their native language. The types of employers that commonly benefit from this program include: amusement parks, food and beverage operations, retail concessions, retail stores/shops in tourist towns, hotels, resorts, national parks and more. IENA students fill a wide range of entry-level positions including cashiers, restaurant servers, kitchen workers, retail clerks, housekeepers, maintenance workers, office assistants, and more. Their eagerness to work, and to experience life in the United States, makes them some of the best employees you’ll ever hire. While here they are also required to participate (with employer’s support and encouragement) in cultural activities, as a requirement of the Program..

IENA handles their insurance, paperwork, and we make sure they’re ready on arrival. We’re available for support 24/7 throughout the duration of the program.

Who We Work With

IENA works with employers in the following industries:

  • Hotel/Resort
  • Restaurant/Concessions
  • Retail/Concessions
  • Hospitality Management
  • Amusement Parks
  • Pool Management
  • ….and more

Our Participant Countries

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Ecuador
  • Jamaica
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom