Although you can secure a job in the USA independently, if you don't have a US passport or green card you will need a visa. Some visas require the applicant to be highly skilled in their profession, but there are visas designed for young people and students to gain work experience in the USA. These types of visas require you to find a Legal Sponsor (and this means a designated company, not your aunt Maureen!).
The first step is to do your research and find an organisation that can sponsor your stay in the United States. Check your eligibility, which is usually based on your home country and your educational status. Some will offer roles such as camp counsellors, au pairs, bar work, etc. You might also find a company to sponsor you for ski and snowboard work in a resort. Companies who advertise ski and snowboard instructor positions often offer free accommodation to their employees as part of their employment package, which is a great way to further fund your gap year.
Another option open to university students and graduates is the J1 Visa, a work-and-study based exchange program. You can contact your embassy for a list of designated sponsors for this visa.
Although there are a few more hoops to jump through, jobs in the USA aren't completely out of reach. With a little bit of research you could land the job of your dreams, in the land of the free.
Intern in the Global Capital of Culture and Commerce, New York City, in order to gain hands-on business experience and boost your resume!
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New York City is a global financial hub that will leave you wanting more. Current student, recent graduate or professional in transition? Gain experience to make your resume stand out.
Work at summer camp in the USA in 2017 and have the summer of a lifetime! We have positions that run from 8 to 12 weeks, in fantastic camps which are based all over the USA.
Hit the slopes in February 2017 as a Ski Rep during peak season across a bunch of European and North American resorts!
Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. With hundreds of roles available there’s something for everyone.
Spend up to three months working in an American resort in a variety of hospitality positions. Top that off with up to a month of travel afterwards and you’re onto a winner.
With Camp Exchange USA, you will spend up to ten weeks at camp this summer — living and working with kids in the great outdoors - and helping them have the summer of their lives!
Our US Summer Camps need YOU for Summer 2017! Lots of options, great rates of pay and discounts for early applications.
Are you interested in PR & Marketing? We have amazing roles for you in Global Capital of Culture and Commerce, New York City.