Summer Work & Travel Program (USA)
The Summer Work & Travel Program (SWT) is an opportunity for qualified foreign college and university students enrolled full time and pursuing studies at post secondary accredited academic institutions to gain international exposure through living and working in the United States for up to four months. The SWT Program has been designed by the U.S. Department of State and is part of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Program, which create platforms for international students to share their culture and ideas with people of America.

Students are placed in various ‘non skilled’ jobs throughout the United States, particularly in summer or winter seasonal tourism destinations. Jobs include placements at hotels, resorts, theme parks, fast food, pools, restaurants, grocery, and retail shops. At the completion of the J-1 program, a ‘Grace Period’ is granted for up to 30 days for the purpose of sightseeing and travel in America.

TGU students have utilized their grace periods to visit some famous American landmarks, including Washington DC, Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas, and Miami Beach!!!

  • Job Placement locations throughout the United States
  • Non-Skilled job placements at summer/winter tourist destinations
  • Students must work a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 17 weeks
  • Students have a ‘Grace Period’ after the program which is ‘up to 30 days’
  • University/College students from all academic backgrounds eligible
  • Average 30-35 hours per week
  • Salary range $7.25-$9 USD per hour (Based on minimum wage guidelines)
  • SWT students work with other international students from around the world
  • Students typically reside in shared accommodations (apartments, motels)
  • Student accommodations are available near or within reason to job site
  • Transportation options (walking, bicycles, & public transport/taxis)
The Department of State publishes a list annually of authorized employment dates for students based on country or origin and academic break cycle.

For applicants from INDIA, May 1 – August 31 is the authorized valid work period in the United States; however, actual dates vary based on participants exam schedules and college break period. For INDIAN participants, the ‘Grace Period’ is September 1-30, based on college enrollment deadlines.
  • Sufficiently proficient in English to successfully interact in an English speaking environment
  • Currently enrolled full time student in college/university. Must have completed at least one semester Age 18-28
  • Ability to participate during the MAIN BREAK from college/university
  • Interested in learning about American Culture
  • Pre-placed job offer prior to receiving DS-2019 sponsorship
  • Ability to return to home country upon completion of the program
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond program end date
“ Working in the U.S. was a dream come true. Got to learn how to earn money and how to be independent. ”