American Summer Exchange provides U.S. college students with an exciting international and cultural exchange opportunity, right here in America. Participants spend the summer living and working in an iconic U.S. vacation area alongside international college students participating in our Work & Travel USA Program.

Build your resume and develop global workforce skills

This summer job experience will set you apart from the crowd. More than ever before, employers are looking to hire team members with “cultural intelligence.” Employers are seeking people who know how to think and act in a complex environment and among a diverse group of people. They want team members with skills like:

  • Openness and curiosity
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Critical thinking and adaptability
  • Problem-solving and decision-making ability
  • Tolerance of other personal values and behaviors.

You’ll gain all of these skills and more in American Summer Exchange. And we’ll help you learn how to talk to future employers about the skills you’ve gained from this summer job and cultural exchange experience.

Explore a new part of the U.S.

Have you ever been to the woods of Maine? The lakes of the Wisconsin Dells? The beaches of Santa Cruz? The Blue Ridge Mountains?

You’ll have the unique opportunity to live and work in a beautiful part of the U.S., hopefully somewhere you’ve never been before.

Make friends from around the world

You’ll live and work alongside international students from around the world who’ve traveled to the U.S. during their college summer vacations.

You’ll hang out together and learn about cultural differences in the workplace and college student life abroad.

You’ll gain cross-cultural communication skills, broaden your cultural horizons, and make new international friends.

And you can travel before and after your program and see even more of America.

Work an awesome summer job

We’ll match you with one of our trusted U.S. host employers. You’ll become a valued member of the team, earn at least minimum wage, and work between 32-40 hours per week.

We’ll arrange local housing and support you throughout your experience.

All job placements are seasonal and entry level positions at one of the following U.S. host businesses:

Santa Cruz Boardwalk


Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Noah's Ark Water Park


Noah's Ark Water Park

Arcadia Jordan Pond House


Acadia Jordan Pond House

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

North Carolina

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

Morey's Piers

New Jersey

Morey's Piers

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation