The State Department J-1 Summer Work Travel Program is an exchange visitor program designed to achieve the educational objectives of international and cultural exchange by involving young adults in the daily life of the host country through temporary employment opportunities and to return home to share their experiences. The program also aims to encourage Americans to participate in the educational and cultural programs in other countries. Today’s global markets require international work experience, and the value added by working in the USA is immeasurable to students from overseas.
The following are prohibited placements: positions in the adult entertainment industry, sales positions that require participant to purchase inventory that they must sell in order to support themselves, domestic help positions in private homes (e.g. child care, elder care, gardener, chauffeur), pedicab or rolling chair drivers or operators, operators of vehicles or vessels that carry passengers for hire and/or for which commercial driver’s licenses are required and clinical care that involves patient contact. For the full list of prohibited placements, please see the “Program Exclusions” section on the Department of State website.
Students must be paid the same as the wage paid to U.S. workers in comparable positions. At a minimum, it must also be the higher of the State and Federal minimum wages.
J-1 Summer Work Travel Program participants pay all relevant federal, state and local taxes. J-1 Summer Work Travel Program participants are “EXEMPT” from Social Security (FICA), Medicare and Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA). AAG also works with a preferred tax service provider for all of our program participants, as they are generally able to get back nearly all of the taxes paid once they file their tax return.
AAG partners with our host employers to ensure that affordable and safe housing and that reasonable transportation is available for all of our placements. The safety and welfare of our students is of utmost importance. In cases where host employers do not provide housing or transportation, AAG will ensure participants are provided with approved housing leads to select from prior to their arrival to the U.S. The more attractive your offerings (free or subsidized meals, company-sponsored transportation and housing assistance), the more attractive you are as a potential employer.
No. AAG does not have the ability to grant visas, but we try to work closely with embassies in the countries from which we are recruiting to establish good relations. We monitor visa denial rates very closely and report any visa denials to our host employers as quickly as possible. We adjust our recruitment each year according to the visa success rate around the world.
Interviewing candidates in person is possible at AAG recruitment fairs depending on the size of your request of students. We also help arrange Skype interviews when needed or we can interview on your behalf.
J-1 Summer Work Travel participants will receive the federal minimum wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). All of our Work Travel Program participants employed must be paid the equivalent of their American counterparts.
At a minimum, it must also be the higher of the State and Federal minimum wages.