Save Money With Student Discounts While You're in the U.S!


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If you are a J-1 Intern who is still enrolled in school, do not forget to bring your student identification card with you to the United States! There are many retailers that offer student discounts, from discounted movie tickets at AMC Theatres on Thursdays, to 10% off total McDonald's purchases at participating locations.

As an InterExchange participant, you also have the opportunity to purchase the International Student Exchange Identity Card. It offers access to thousands of student discounts worldwide, reimbursement of your medical insurance deductible, and airline bankruptcy protection. It is available to students of any age and youths between the ages of 12 and 26. The cost is $25 per year.

See below to find other great deals you can take advantage of as a student. And remember, anytime you make a purchase in the U.S., be sure to ask if there is student pricing available. Most places will offer you a reduced rate with your student ID.

Computers & Related Products
Students receive great deals on tech products. If you are looking to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, or other accessories, the Apple store offers large discounts of up to $200 on a new Mac. Do you prefer PCs to Macs? If so, Microsoft offers 10% off of their touch screen PCs in addition to a free copy of Office 265 University if your purchase includes one of the select models. Once you purchase a computer or laptop, be sure to install virus protection. Norton offers up to 50% off some of their products, exclusively for students. For discounts on cameras and tablets, check out the Sony Education Store to save 10%.

Entertainment
If you had a long and busy Thursday at your internship, relax after work with a movie at AMC Theatres. On Thursdays, students receive a lower ticket price. Don't forget about the free refills on large sodas and popcorns. If you can't find an AMC theatre near you, you can go to your nearest participating Cinemark theatre for a student discount on movie tickets.

If you are fonder of live theater, there are plenty of student rush discounts, day-of performances, standing room, and ticket lottery opportunities. BroadwayWorld offers great deals on Broadway shows to students. Recent discounts include $30 rush tickets for "A Night With Janis Joplin," $40 General Rush tickets for "Annie," and $31.50 front row tickets for "Chicago," all of which must be purchased for same-day performances.

Travel
STA Travel offers great fares for students traveling across the U.S. and Canada, as well as to countries abroad. Flight deals include a one way flight from Boston to New York for $68 or Boston to Richmond, Virginia (one way) for $79. For tours outside of the U.S., visit StudentUniverse for rates that are as low as $525 for 7 days on a Morocco Family Adventure or $4,050 for 14 days in Japan, airline fares not included. You can even tour the East Coast for $1,799 for 9 days, or San Diego, Grand Canyon & Vegas for $1,049 for 7 days.

Museums
If you are in the New York City area, there are plenty of student-discounted tickets for museums such as the American Folk Art Museum ($8), The Jewish Museum ($7.50), The Paley Center for Media ($8), and the Museum of Modern Art ($12). For museum ticket discounts in other U.S. cities: The Field Museum in Chicago features $12 admission for students; in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers $10 student admission; and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami offers $2.50 admission tickets.

Sports
Do you love playing sports? Are you interning or training on the northeast coast of the U.S.? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you are in luck! Eastern Mountain Sports retail stores located in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia offer a 15%-20% discount at checkout. If you are in the New York metro area, stop by Citifield Stadium to watch a New York Mets baseball game for $10 with a valid student ID. Do you live on the west coast? Don't worry. You can get 25% off tickets to watch a major league baseball game. If you are in Washington D.C., you can see the Washington Nationals for $25 or less with a student ID. If you are looking for a discount on a gym membership while interning in the U.S. and are located in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Miami areas, show your valid student ID and stop by a Crunch gym near you to learn more about their student rates.

Subscriptions
As an Intern in the U.S., you can subscribe to many memberships and receive significant discounts. Keep up with the latest news in subjects such as marketing, business management, finance, and accounting with one of the most renowned circulated newspapers in the country, The Wall Street Journal, for only $1 a week. If you are looking for a newspaper that encompasses sections such as politics, business, technology, science, health, arts, and style, subscribe to the New York Times. Rates vary by location and subscription preferences. Love shopping online? If you have a valid .edu email address, you can earn free two-day shipping from Amazon for $79 a year. You can also sign up for a Sam's Club Collegiate Membership and save on groceries, computer gadgets, laundry detergent and other necessities when presenting your student ID and .edu email address.

Retail
There are plenty of retail stores that offer student discounts on clothes when you present your valid student ID at the counter. J. Crew and Banana Republic both offer 15% off full-priced purchases. Kenneth Cole and Ann Taylor take 20% off full-priced, in-store purchases. Club Monaco offers 20% for both regular and sale items. With all of these discounts at major retail stores, you will surely be best dressed at your internship.

Useful Links

InterExchange Career Training USA is a top J-1 Visa sponsor for university students and young professionals who have already secured internships or training programs with companies in the U.S. If you still need to find an internship or training program in the U.S., check out our resources and start the J-1 Visa sponsorship process early.

Ani Kington Ani Kington

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.

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