InterExchange & SAYIT Host J-1 Fair in Dublin


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Interview and secure a job with an American host employer in Dublin!

InterExchange and our longtime Irish partner, SAYIT Travel, are excited to return to the Gresham Hotel on January 26th and 27th for the 2018 Dublin Job Fair.

Thirteen employers from numerous destinations across the USA will attend the job fair to conduct in-person interviews with Irish students to hire for over 500 open positions. Many of the attendees will leave the fair with confirmed job offers!

To Sign Up for a Job Fair, please reach out to SAYIT at j1visa@sayit.ie to start your application.

Who can you work with?

Hospitality One

Hospitality One

Chicago, Illinois

Employer Description

Hospitality One has been around since 2003 and we have been hiring J-1 employees for the last 5 years. We specialize in providing professional staff in the hospitality industry. We supply qualified servers, bartenders, and culinary crew to events all over Chicago. Our events range anywhere from a private residence to a plated dinner for a few thousand guests. We work events in all the major museums and main attractions in the city, including Lollapalooza, for the last 7 years. We will work with you around your schedule as long as you can give up your Saturday nights for us. It is a great way to truly see Chicago in a way that not a lot of people get the chance to.

What We Are Looking For In An Employee

We are looking for eager, hard working individuals. We have had great success in past years with the quality of participants coming through the J-1 program and are excited to continue with the same.

We proudly contribute the finest event staffing available to all of our clients and require that proper etiquette and professionalism is mandatory to be on our team. “We strive to be the best, so we look for the best.” Our clients demand a clean and polished look at all times to maintain their image in the industry. At Hospitality One you will not only be representing yourself and your home country, but you will also be maintaining the image of quality within our company.

Qualifications

  • Servers must be at least 18 years old.
  • To bartend or handle alcohol, you must be at least 21 years old.
  • Professional appearance
  • Friendly demeanor
  • Be willing to go above and beyond service expectations
  • Excellent team player skills
  • Strong work ethic with an emphasis on reliability
  • Able to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends
  • Able to lift heavy objects
  • Able to stay on your feet for long periods of time
  • Ability to get access to the Internet
  • Be able to get a working U.S. phone number

Job Descriptions

Banquet Servers

Banquet Servers are responsible for serving food and drinks, waiting on customers, answering questions, and clearing tables at weddings and corporate functions.

Bartenders

Bartenders are responsible for all bar liquor sales for both patrons sitting at the bar requiring service as well as servicing the waitress/waiter staff needing liquor/wine service for the guests. Individuals will be responsible for all drink computer entries, balancing cash, credit card, and checks. Individuals will be responsible for cleaning the bar area before leaving shift ensuring that everything is wiped down, washed and put away in its proper place as well as dusting, sweeping, and washing floor behind the bar area.

Cooks

Cooks are responsible for preparing and cooking food orders per recipe guidelines. Cooks prepare batters, meat dishes and vegetables. Cooks provide back up to the line during busy hours, including restocking and maintaining workstations to assure plenty of product is always available. Cooks clean all workstations at the end of the day, sweeping and mopping of floors.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers are responsible for cleaning and putting away dishes, pots and glassware that are used in the dining room, sweeping and mopping floors, emptying garbage and keeping the kitchen clean.

Work Schedule

You should expect to work about 25-32 hours/week. This is not a full time or a part time job; it is event by event. Some weeks are very busy while other weeks are very slow. The more events you are willing to work, the more work there is. Most work will be on the weekends. We ask that you dedicate at least 2 Saturdays a month to us and that you work a minimum of 2 shifts a week. A common work shift goes from 4 hours to 10 hours. Shifts are booked through our online database. It allows employees to show management what shifts you are available for. There are times that events get cancelled or the start times change. We notify all employees through our database, which sends out messages via email and text.

Work Begin Dates

You should plan your U.S. arrival so you can start working May 15th - June 7th.

Work End Dates

We are looking for candidates who can work until August 15th - September 15th. Employees should give at least two weeks notice of their final day of work and be as upfront and honest as possible.

Uniform

Our standard uniform is Black Bistro which includes: black slacks, black button down dress shirt, white button down dress shirt, long black neck tie, long black apron, black socks & black non-slip dress shoes. We do require that you purchase the black shirt, tie, and apron from us so that we can assure that all our staff is uniform in the field. The initial cost of those items would be $38.00.

Transportation

Transportation is provided for some events, but not every event. Crewmembers are required to make their way to the various locations. All locations are within Chicago city limits. Chicago has a very reliable transportation system.

Housing

We strongly suggest securing a place to stay before they arrive. We have seen too many arrive and then struggle to find a place to live. We refer students to www.Chicagoinfinite.com. Chicago Infinite is a student-housing complex for the universities inside the Chicago loop. Their rooms are right next to our office. Otherwise Craigslist and Airbnb have been great resources in the past.

Interview Format

We can interview and hire couples and friend groups up to three people.

Area Information

If you work for Hospitality One, then you will be exposed to many of Chicago’s best tourism sites because many of our events are located in Chicago’s top institutions. We will have you in places like The Museum of Science & Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Toyota Park, Chicago Botanic Garden, University of Chicago and many more Chicago locations.

Big Bus Chicago

Big Bus Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Big Bus Tours’ sightseeing formula has been designed to provide a flexible approach to city discovery. Each open-top bus tour provides a hop-on, hop-off facility at a variety of interesting locations and, wherever possible, Big Bus Tours looks to enhance the visitor sightseeing experience by providing complementary experiences.

Our hop-on, hop-off bus tours provide entertaining commentary and are tailored to showcase all that's unique, including buildings, monuments, landmarks and famous attractions. For many of our cities, we also provide extras such as river cruises and free museum entry to enhance our customers sightseeing experience.

In Chicago we have 14 different stops that provide the perfect introduction to the city of Chicago. Hop on the bus from one of our stops to take in panoramic sights, from the Adler Planetarium to Hancock Tower. Hop off to take a selfie under ‘The Bean’, sample a slice of deep-dish pizza and immerse yourself in the best of Chicago’s unique cultural highlights. You will be a Chicago expert by the time you leave.

Position Descriptions

Customer Service Representatives are responsible for promoting and selling tour packages and attraction products using diligent methods; offering products verbally and via company brochures to all prospective customers per company policies and local selling laws; interacting with customers in an effort to provide them with a high quality shopping experience and customer service, handling US currency, and attending to non-sales related duties (i.e. cleaning, merchandising, inventory management). All students will be expected to work flexible schedules, including weekends and holidays.

You will make at least $11/hour, but there is a potential to make more money per hour through our sales commission structure. There are 25 positions available.

What we are looking for in an employee

Our Mission is to provide the perfect introduction to great cities and cultures through excellence in service and continual innovation. We are looking for candidates who are outgoing, love to smile, have fun, and who are not afraid to get rejected by a customer.

Work Hours

You should expect to work an average of 30-40 hours per week throughout the summer. Hours will most likely be closer to 30 for the month of June and then they will increase up to 40 (possibly even more) throughout the summer. July and August will be very busy. We use the downloadable app Hot Schedules to organize the schedule. All schedule requests or anything else will go through the Hot Schedules app. We put the schedule out 1 week in advance. The only time we do not accept requests off is 4th of July weekend.

Interview Requirements

Individuals, friend groups, and couples over the age of 18 may apply and interview. All students must be willing to work different shifts. We can interview up to two people at a time.

Work Begin Dates

June 1st to 15th. You should plan your arrival so you can start working between June 1st and 15th. The latest work start date is June 19th.

Uniform

We provide you with a Big Bus Chicago shirt and hat. You are responsible for your own black pants or shorts and black shoes.

Transportation

Students will need to report to our base on the South Side of Chicago every morning before heading out to their sites. Transportation will be provided from the base to the worksite on our buses. You will need to get to the base on your own.

Work Begin Dates

You should plan your arrival so you can start working June 1st – 15th.

Departure Dates

We are looking for candidates who can work at least through Labor Day, which is September 3rd. The latest we can have participants finish work is September 10th. You must give at least two weeks notice of your final day of work.

Housing Information

All students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. I can provide areas that have summer openings because of University summer breaks. In the past successful students looked into housing before they got here and had a legitimate lease that clearly details the housing agreement. Other students stay in a hostel for about a week until they find something they like, however this can be more stressful and you might end up spending a lot of money on hostels.

Area Information

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. Chicago is built next to beautiful Lake Michigan. Chicago has a rich Irish history and has the largest Irish-American community in the U.S. Milwaukee and Indianapolis are the closest cities. Chicago is centrally located within the U.S., and other major U.S. cities are easily accessible by airplane, bus, and train.

From its bold modern architecture and soaring skyscrapers, to stunning waterfront developments and tranquil green parks, you’ll see the very best of Chicago with Big Bus Tours. You can discover all the best this Midwestern metropolis has to offer. Pay a visit to all the famous Chicago attractions, such as Magnificent Mile, John Hancock Tower and Millennium Park, and chance upon some of the city’s hidden treasures during your tour. You’ll be working right in the Downtown area near the world-class museums, parks and sporting venues.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Chicago, Illinois

Employer Description:

The first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant and market opened in 1996 on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. We’ve since grown to include many notable locations throughout the United States and internationally. At the core, we’re a small chain of seafood restaurants committed to providing a casual environment where everyone can enjoy a great meal and have some fun, too. Food is the hero at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.; we serve food that makes our employees proud and will make you want to return.

Located on the Navy Pier, our Chicago restaurant is especially picturesque with grand views of the city and Lake Michigan. There are many attractions on Navy Pier such as parks, gardens, shops, and restaurants.

Position Descriptions

All employees, regardless of position, are required by the state of Illinois to complete and turn in an Illinois Food Handler certification within 30 days of beginning work. You can start getting paid as soon as you provide us with a copy of your Social Security application receipt.

Host/Hostess

Hosts/hostesses are responsible for helping guests, seating patrons, cleaning tables, sweeping the floors, and keeping the host station clean. You should also be prepared to help out where needed and in general help keep the restaurant clean and running smoothly. There are approximately 5 positions available. The wage is $11.00/hour + tips.

Retail Sales Associate

Retail Sales Associates are responsible for interacting with guests in an effort to provide them with a high quality shopping experience at our in-restaurant store. You will be handling US currency, reaching sales goals and attending to non-sales related duties (i.e. cleaning, merchandising, inventory management). There are approximately 5 positions available. The wage is $11.00/hour.

Servers

Servers are responsible for waiting on guests, answering questions, making menu recommendations, delivering food & drinks, and rolling silverware. You will work in a team environment, which includes completing any additional side work. You should also be comfortable dealing with US currency. Chicago law states that you must be at least 21 years old to work as a server. All servers MUST complete an online Food Handler class as well as an online class for Responsible Alcohol Service that is required from the state of IL. There are approximately 20 positions available. The wage is $6.10/hour + tips.

Work Hours

Over the summer you should expect to have an average of 30 hours per week with June usually being a slower month. Because we have outdoor seating your hours could be affected by the weather. Additionally if your performance is below our standards then your hours could be decreased.

Uniform

All employees are required to provide themselves with slip resistant shoes and pants/shorts that are approved for their uniform. We provide discount coupons for the non slip shoes at local stores.

Work Start Dates

You should plan your arrival so you can begin work May 15 - June 1. The earlier the better.

Work Finish Dates

We are looking to hire candidates who can finish working August 20 - September 15. The later you can stay the better. Employees are required to give at least two weeks notice of their final work date.

Housing Information

We do not provide housing for J-1 students, but we can point you in the right direction. Students in past years have stayed in buildings on 777 State Street, which is set up for J-1 Visa students. They have also found apartments for sublet on Craigslist.

Area Information

We are located on the iconic Navy Pier, which is the #1 tourist destination in the Midwest. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and is built next to beautiful Lake Michigan. Chicago has a rich Irish history and has the largest Irish-American community in the U.S. Milwaukee and Indianapolis are the closest cities. Chicago is centrally located within the U.S., and other major US cities are easily accessible by airplane, bus and train.

Tiny Lounge | Tiny Tavern | Tiny Tapp

Tiny Lounge | Tiny Tavern | Tiny Tapp

Chicago, Illinois

Employer Description

For more than sixteen years, Tiny Lounge has functioned as both a destination location - serving craft cocktails on par with any mixology-driven concept in the city - and a neighborhood fixture. Since being relocated from its original home under the Brown line Addison station, and now situated at 4352 North Leavitt Street, Tiny Lounge is considered the “local” for people living in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and surrounding communities. In 2016 we expanded and now also operate Tiny Tavern on Navy Pier and Tiny Tapp located on the south bank of the river between the Clark and Dearborn street bridges. The cocktail menus features Tiny mainstays such as the Subourbon and the Tito’s Hammock. Equally popular are signature Tiny Lounge food offerings such as Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Sweet Potato Empanadas and Tiny Burgers.

Job Descriptions

There are approximately 5-10 jobs available for each position we are hiring for. We are looking for candidates who are professional, prompt, outgoing and friendly.

Hosts/hostesses

Hosts/hostesses are responsible for helping customers, seating them, taking their orders, using a cash register, and keeping the host station clean. You should also be prepared to help out where needed and in general help keep the restaurant clean and running smoothly. The wage is $11.50/hour.

Servers

Servers are responsible for waiting on customers, answering questions, writing down lunch and dinner orders, serving food and drinks, refilling water, dealing with U.S. currency, and setting and clearing tables. The wage is $6.10/hour + tips.

Bartenders

are responsible for alcohol sales for patrons sitting at the bar and servicing the waitstaff needing alcohol for the lunch and dinner patrons. Bartenders will be responsible for drink computer entries, balancing cash, and credit cards. Bartenders will also be responsible for cleaning the bar area before leaving shift, ensuring that everything is wiped down, washed and put away in its proper place, as well as sweeping and washing the floor behind the bar area. The wage is $7.25/hour + tips.

Barbacks

Barbacks are responsible for stocking the bar with liquor, ice, glassware, beer, garnishes and so on. You will be ensuring there is plenty of clean glassware, collecting empty glasses, and keeping the premises clean. The wage is $6.50/hour + tips.

Work Hours

You should expect to work about 32 hours/week. There probably will be more hours available as the weather gets nicer and the summer gets busier. We use the downloadable app HotSchedules to organize shifts. Hours are weather dependant, so if the weather is bad you may receive fewer hours that day.

Work Start Dates

You should plan your arrival to the U.S. so you can start working May 15th – June 15th.

Work End Dates

We are looking for candidates who can work until August 15th – September 15th. You must give at least two weeks notice of your final day of work and be as upfront and honest as possible about your work end date.

Interview Format

We are able to interview and hire couples and friend groups, but we will be conducting interviews individually.

Uniform

The uniform is black pants, uniform shirts and aprons. We will provide you with your first shirt and apron.

Housing Information

We do not provide accommodation, but we are able to point you in the right direction. Many J-1s in the past have been successful finding housing on Craigslist before their U.S. arrival. Make sure you have a signed lease that clearly states the housing rules, expectations, and security deposit.

Area Description

The city of Chicago covers an area of 60,000 hectares and sits 176 meters above sea level on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Chicago’s extensive parklands, including 3,000 hectares of city parks attract an estimated 86 million visitors annually. As a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, Chicago today embodies the values of America’s heartland-integrity, hard work, community, and reflects the ideals in the social fabric of its 77 distinct neighborhoods. With attractions around every corner, from high-flying observatories to Millennium Park where art and music mix, with lots of room to play, you’ll find fun every day of the year. Explore the amazing Navy Pier and discover thrilling rides, activities, dining, shopping, museums and cityscape views that make it the top destination in the Midwest. Don’t miss festivals like Lollapalooza and huge expositions showcasing flowers, sailboats, art, and dazzling summertime and holiday fireworks.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Bus Co.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Bus Co.

Chicago, Illinois

Business Description

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. was started back in 1994 by three friends and has become the biggest tourism transportation company in the Midwest. We have over forty trolleys and twenty-seven open-top double decker buses. We employ over one hundred fifty people to play different roles in our company such as tour guides, drivers, and ticket sales agents. We are very proud of what we do and love to show off our beautiful city of Chicago to everyone that comes to visit. We at Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of your J-1 Summer Work & Travel Program.

Job Description

Ticket Sales Agent

Ticket Sales Agents are responsible for promoting and selling tickets for our tours at different locations throughout downtown Chicago. Our sales locations are outside and you will be standing on your feet. Rain or shine we are out there selling tickets. There are approximately 20 positions available and the wage is $11.00/hour.

What We Are Looking For In An Employee

We are looking for reliable candidates who will have pride in their work. You can start getting paid when you provide us with a copy of your Social Security application receipt.

Work Schedule

You can expect to work about 28-35 hours per week. That is about 3-4 days per week. We schedule all employees according to availability. The more days you have open for work, the more hours you are scheduled for. There are even times in which you can pick up extra shifts if you’re available. Hours can change in the event that we are expecting rain all day and/or are not selling as much. If the schedule changes, then you would receive a phone call in advance, however, most of the time if we call you, it is to offer an extra shift.

Interview Format

We are able to interview and hire couples and friend groups.

Work Begin Dates

You should plan your arrival to the U.S. so you can begin working June 4th. We will bring everyone into the office for first day orientation.

Work End Dates

We are looking for candidates who can finish work August 15th - September 15th. Employees need to give at least two weeks notice of their last day of work.

Uniform

We will provide you with three red polo shirts and a baseball hat. You will have to provide your own shoes. They should be comfortable and neutral in color (black, white, brown, or grey). You will be on your feet most of the day during your shift. They can be gym shoes and/or casual shoes, but they cannot be open toed. We also would like the employee to be well groomed and neat in appearance. Most facial piercings are not allowed, however, some exceptions have been made if they are discreet or hardly noticeable. Earrings are allowed, but no more than 2 per ear, and also should be no more than 1 inch (2.54 cm) in diameter. Tattoos are okay, however, if they are offensive, controversial or excessive, they would need to be covered up.

Housing

We suggest renting an apartment near the red line. In the past participants have had success finding apartments in neighborhoods close to public transportation. The following websites are good resources in Chicago for finding housing: campusrent, craigslist, sublet.com.

Transportation

Our main office is located at 4400 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago. This is where you will check-in in the morning. From there you would be transported to one of our tour stops to sell tickets for our tour, which is located in downtown Chicago.

Cultural Opportunities

As a tour operator, you are welcome to take tours of the city any time on-board one of our vehicles. Our employees are very knowledgeable and active in the variety of happenings in the city and are a great resource for visitors as well as new employees. The City of Chicago is located on Lake Michigan which provides great scenery as well as activities along the lakefront including biking, swimming, and athletics to name a few. Last year the Art Institute of Chicago was named the #1 museum in the World by TripAdvisor. There are dozens of other world-class museums throughout the city that appeal to almost any interest. Chicago is an international city representing many different cultures, which is showcased throughout the city in different neighborhoods and festivals. One of the major festivals that Chicago hosts is Lollapalooza. 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza, which has been held in Chicago for over 10 years now.

Photogenic

Photogenic

Boston, MA | St. Louis, MO | Chicago, IL | New York, NY

Employer Description

At Photogenic, we bring the best tourist destinations into focus to make our images stand out. The result? A lasting impression of what makes America truly unique. Our employees set us apart from our competition. We put state-of-the-art imaging technology in the most capable and caring hands to ensure a combination of unparalleled customer service and photographic expertise. Founded in 2001, our guest-centric approach and continuous employee training have helped drive Photogenic’s growth as a company while advancing the careers of our employees. Our network has expanded from a single location with 45 employees to a national organization with more than 400 employees.

Job Description

Our image starts with our people. At Photogenic, we are always looking for energetic employees who will contribute to some of America’s busiest attractions. If you have customer service experience and thrive in a fast-paced working environment, Photogenic is a place where you can put your talents into action. Our employees value a fun work environment and enjoy being valued members of the team. The wage is $11.00-$13.00/hour, depending upon location.

Our photographers are responsible for

  • Welcoming and directing guests through the line.
  • Taking quality souvenir photographs for venue guests.
  • Inviting customers to view their photos and complete sales of souvenir photographs.
  • Engaging in a friendly manner with all guests.

All applicants must be willing to commit to the following

  • Visible tattoos and piercings must be covered/removed while on shift
  • Must comply with company uniform guidelines
  • Available to work weekends and holidays

Photography experience is a plus, but is not required. If you have the will to learn, we'll teach you what you need to know to succeed!

Couples and friend groups no larger than 3 people are welcome to apply and interview together.

Photogenic, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. Information from criminal background check report and drug test may be used for decisions relating to employment.

Locations

Chicago
  • 15 - 20 positions available
  • Tourist locations: Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Willis Tower Skydeck, Museum of Science and Industry
Boston
  • 10 - 15 positions available
  • Tourist locations: Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston Duck Tours, Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruises
New York
  • 3 - 5 positions available
  • Tourist locations: New York Water Taxi, Spirit of New York, and related dinner cruises
St. Louis
  • 5 - 10 positions available
  • Tourist locations: Gateway Arch, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Grant's Farm

Work Schedule

Exchange visitors should expect to work an average of 30 hours per week, but each week could range from 20 to 40 hours depending on your availability. Please note that for our outdoor placements weather could affect your hours.

Work Start Dates

You should plan your U.S. arrival so you can begin working May 15th – June 15th.

Work End Dates

We are looking for candidates who are able to finish work August 10th – September 15th. You must give at least two weeks notice of your final day or work and be as upfront and honest as possible about your work end date.

Interview Format

Couples and friend groups no larger than 3 people are welcome to apply and interview together.

Uniform

Uniform shirts are provided by the company and cost anywhere from $0 to $50 depending on what city you are hired for. You are responsible for providing black and khaki dress slacks and shorts.

Housing Information

There are many colleges and universities that rent out dorm rooms for exchange visitors who are staying for the summer, and short-term leases may be available from general apartments in the area as well. If you are having trouble, we may be able to assist in finding housing.

Area Descriptions

Chicago

Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, the sleek 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute and its notable impressionist collection.

Boston

Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and its largest city. Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding. One stop, former meeting house Faneuil Hall, is a popular marketplace.

New York

Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion, and finance. The city’s five boroughs sit where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, with the island of Manhattan at the Big Apple's core.

St. Louis

St. Louis is a city and port in the state of Missouri. The city developed along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms Missouri's border with Illinois.

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger

Boston, MA | New York, NY | Chicago, IL

What on earth is Pret?

Pret operates a bit like a restaurant. We build kitchens in (or very near) every shop. You won’t find sell-by dates on our fresh sandwiches and salads. Our milk and coffee is 100% organic. We offer our unsold food to charity at the end of each day rather than keeping it to sell the next day.

In 1986, Pret opened the doors of its very first shop. A shop with a mission. A mission to create, handmade, natural food, avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market today. A fresh and healthy menu greeted our first customers and our good, natural food crusade had begun.

Today, we have over 350 Pret A Mangers worldwide with shops in the U.K., USA, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. We serve more than 300,000 customers every day, all of them looking to enjoy our fresh, healthy menu.

Job Description

Team Members start early (5:00 AM is common). We wear jeans. You'll make the best sandwiches (with amazing, natural ingredients). You’ll be part of a great team. And we bet you’ll have fun too.

A Pret Team Member works in the kitchen and front of house with their Pret team. They follow the 3 core Pret behaviors in all aspect of their work: Passion, Team Working and Clear Talking. They are responsible for creating a welcome and safe environment, engaging and wowing our customers and producing great quality Pret food. Key focuses for the role are teamwork, uniforms, the ‘6 Key Points of Service and Production’, cleanliness, health & safety, and productivity.

We are on the lookout for people who

  • Have a genuine passion for food, people, and standards.
  • Love to work in a fast pace environment.
  • Maintain integrity of service.
  • Are genuine and respectful of guests and employees.
  • Have ambition to grow with our company.
  • Have great people skills.
  • Show strong attention to detail.

Job Locations, Salary, & Number of Positions Available:

New York, New York
  • Salary: $12.00/hr
  • 100 positions available
Boston, Massachusetts
  • Salary: $11.00/hr
  • 25 positions available
Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: $10.50/hr
  • 25 positions available

Benefits

Twice a year Pret throws an extra special themed party with free food, drinks, and other exciting activities

When you’ll start you’ll receive a Gold Card entitling you and up to 4 guests to 50% discount on our products

When on shift, you are entitled to free breakfast and lunch (depending on your shift)

Work Hours

You should expect to work about 32 hours/week on average throughout the summer. You will receive a weekly schedule 2 weeks in advance.

Work Start Dates

Pret will host two work begin dates. You can either start work on June 4th or June 11th. On these days we will host orientations, begin training, and there will be a welcome party. Pret and InterExchange suggest that you arrive to the U.S. at least a few days before your work start date so you can sort out housing, Social Security, and get a chance to familiarize yourself with the city.

Work End Date

We are looking for candidates who can stay until September 15th. We require that you give at least two weeks notice of your final day of work.

Uniform

Team Members are responsible for purchasing navy blue jeans, black non slip (polishable) shoes, and black socks. Pret will provide you with the shirts, hats, and belts.

Additional Requirements

  • Clean shaven
  • Minimal makeup
  • Great personal hygiene
  • No jewelry (except a plain wedding band)
  • All tattoos must be covered
  • No eyelash extensions

Housing Information

Pret a Manger does not provide housing for J-1 participants, but we can point you in the right direction. We recommend speaking with friends who have done a J-1 in the past for housing advice. Make sure you have a signed lease clearly stating your agreement, the rules & regulations, & security deposit.

Area Descriptions

Boston

Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and its largest city. Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding. One stop, former meeting house Faneuil Hall, is a popular marketplace.

Chicago

Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, the sleek 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute and its notable impressionist collection.

New York

Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion, and finance. The city’s five boroughs sit where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, with the island of Manhattan at the Big Apple's core.

InterContinental Boston

InterContinental Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Business Description

A contemporary masterpiece, InterContinental® Boston is a landmark of luxury overlooking Boston's historic waterfront. An eclectic mix of rich history and modern luxury, we place you on the actual spot where a late-night tea party ignited the American Revolution - putting you at the heart of history in splendid modern style.

What We Are Looking For In An Employee

We are looking for candidates who are hospitality-minded, service and detail oriented, and who are excited to engage with our guests.

Positions Available

We will be hiring for three of our restaurants/bars: Five-10 Waterfront, Miel, and our Club InterContinental. You can start getting paid as soon as you provide us with a copy of your Social Security application receipt. You can find detailed job descriptions at the end of this document.

Work Schedule

You should expect to work an average of 32 hours/week. The schedule is posted in the work area, texted, or you will receive a phone call. The Five-10 Waterfront is an outdoor restaurant that the hotel opens during the summer. The weather in Boston can be inclement during the initial transitioning of seasons from spring to summer; therefore there are days when the restaurant will be closed due to the weather. Positions in Miel restaurant and the Club Lounge may have more stable schedules as they are indoors.

Work Start Dates

You should plan your arrival so you can start work on June 7th. On these days we will begin training, fitting you for your uniform, and showing you around the property.

Work Finish Dates

We are looking for candidates who can work through September 15th. You must give at least two weeks notice of your final day of work and be as upfront and honest as possible about your final day of work.

Uniform

All uniforms are provided by the hotel, except for the shoes. For Food & Beverage service positions, non-slip proper work shoes are required.

Interview Format

We are able to interview and hire friend groups and couples.

Housing

We do not provide housing, but we will provide housing resources to you before your arrival so you can get a head start on finding accommodation. Some good resources are AirBnb, Craigslist, and local housing Facebook groups. In the past students have had success searching on these housing websites for open listings. We do have a colleague here at the hotel that works in real estate who may assist with finding accommodations if you run into trouble.

Area description

A captivating cosmopolitan city with a European edge, Boston, Massachusetts is loaded with exciting things to do and see. Our vibrant urban destination boasts a spectrum of world-class entertainment and arts, action-packed sports, legendary landmarks, and a sizzling nightlife and dining scene.

Located in the heart of Boston - surrounded by the Fort Point Channel and Rose Kennedy Greenway - our hotel is just steps from exciting Boston attractions, including Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, North End, Chinatown and a plethora of historical attractions such as the Boston Tea Party Museum and Freedom Trail.

Exceptionally convenient, InterContinental® Boston sits adjacent to the Financial District and is 10 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport.

Pier A Harbor

Pier A Harbor

New York, New York

Employer Description

Pier A Harbor House is located on a beautiful Victorian pier overlooking New York Harbor and the Hudson River. We have a large outdoor seating area and serve a fresh seafood focused menu along with a selection of local beer, wine, and cocktails.

Pier A is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated New York City landmark. Opening in 1886 as the headquarters for the New York Harbor Police and Department of Docks, Pier A later served as the VIP entrance for European Ambassadors traveling to Ellis Island and as the main station for the Marine Division of the New York City Fire Department.

What we are Looking For in an Employee

We are looking for responsible, personable, and energetic candidates who enjoy meeting new people and thrive in a fast paced and fun environment. Experience is preferred, but with our various supporting positions, it is not absolutely required.

Job Types

Servers & Bartenders (15 positions available); Server Support (10 positions available)

Salary

$7.50 + Tips

Job Description

All positions will work in direct customer food and beverage service or service support.

Work Hours

You should expect to work about 32 hours/week. All staff submit availability, communicate to management, and receive scheduling through an online portal – HotSchedules. It’s quick and user friendly. You should note that all shifts are subject to change based on the weather since you will be working outdoors.

Work Start Date

You should expect to work about 32 hours/week. All staff submit availability, communicate to management, and receive scheduling through an online portal – HotSchedules. It’s quick and user friendly. You should note that all shifts are subject to change based on the weather since you will be working outdoors.

Work Finish Date

The latest you can work is September 15th. We require at least two weeks notice of your final day of work. You should give us your best estimate of when you plan on finishing work.

Interview Format

We can interview and hire couples and friend groups.

Housing Information

We suggest using Airbnb or hostels temporarily and using the first week of the stay to find accommodation through sites such as craigslist.com, which are effective as long as you are present to view the property.

Pier A employees can use our large network of J1 students and our internal communication portal (hotschedules) to find housing if experiencing difficulties. Pier A management promotes an “open door” policy to this and any issues that they may encounter. We are here to help.

Uniform

We supply employees with two Pier A shirts and a Pier A apron which must be worn when on shift. Participants need to wear black pants or shorts (non sportswear) and comfortable closed toe black shoes.

Social Security

We can pay J1 participants upon receiving the Social Security application receipt. We welcome having your card mailed to Pier A for an easy retrieval.

Area Description

We are located in Battery Park in one of the oldest parts of Manhattan. Battery Park has numerous historical attractions and views of the Statue of Liberty. We are close to the Jewish Heritage Museum, the Irish Hunger Memorial, the 9/11 museum and the One World Trade Center. Further information can be found at http://www.downtownny.com, including events, restaurants, and stores. With our flexible schedules participants can enjoy all the area has to offer including now increased access to the NY waterways.

de Lazy Lizard

de Lazy Lizard

Ocean City, Maryland

Business Description

At de Lazy Lizard Waterfront Family Restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland we not only offer great family dining, a fun kid’s play area and awesome indoor & outdoor dining – we also have a terrific bayside marina! Take a break from cruising the bay and grab lunch, dinner or a Happy Hour drink at the Lizard. You can pull right up and dock your boat, jet ski, or whatever at the de Lazy Lizard Marina.

de Lazy Lizard is one of THE best places to see all of the watercraft come and go, since we are located right at the mouth of the Route 50 drawbridge where all of the boat traffic frequents. Pull up a stool to the Tiki Bar or dine on a sandy beach for your next Ocean City, MD visit.

Working at de Lazy Lizard is a great chance to work on the water with one of the best sunsets in town. You will create friendships that will last a lifetime and will find working together as a team helps the whole world go around. It maybe a restaurant, but lessons learned here will help you become a more enlightened person.

What We're Looking For In An Employee

Job Descriptions

Overall there are 30 positions available. You can start getting paid as soon as you provide us with a copy of your Social Security application receipt.

Server

Servers are responsible for waiting on customers, answering questions, writing down orders, serving food and drinks, refilling water, and setting and clearing tables. The wage is $3.63/hour + tips.

Bus Persons

Bus Persons are responsible for assisting the wait staff, bringing water to the tables, clearing tables, taking out the garbage, helping to set the tables, bringing dishes back and forth from the kitchen and generally keeping the dining room clean. The wage is $3.63/hour + tips.

Barbacks

Barbacks are responsible for stocking the bar with liquor, ice, glassware, beer, garnishes and so on. You will be ensuring there is plenty of clean glassware, collecting empty glasses, and keeping the premises clean. The wage is $3.63/hour + tips.

Food Runners

Food Runners are responsible for traying food and delivering it to the tables, waiting on customers, setting up and clearing tables, and assisting servers. The wage is $3.63/hour + tips.

Cooks

Cooks are responsible for preparing and cooking food orders per recipe guidelines. Cooks prepare batters, meat dishes and vegetables. Cooks provide back up to the line during busy hours, including restocking and maintaining workstations to assure plenty of product is always available. Cooks clean all workstations at the end of the day, sweeping and mopping of floors. The wage is $9.75/hour.

Prep Cooks

Prep Cooks are responsible for preparing and cooking orders per recipe guidelines, preparing batters, slicing meats and vegetables. You will be in charge of restocking and maintaining workstations to assure plenty of product is always available, and for cleaning of all workstations at the end of the day, including sweeping and mopping of floors. The wage is $9.75/hour.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers are responsible for cleaning and putting away dirty dishes, pots and glassware, sweeping and mopping floors, emptying garbage and keeping the kitchen clean. The wage is $9.75/hour.

Hosts/hostesses

Hosts/hostesses are responsible for helping customers, seating them, and keeping the host station clean. You should also be prepared to help out where needed and in general help keep the restaurant clean and running smoothly. The wage is $9.75/hour.

Expo

Expo employees are responsible for plating food and getting it out of the kitchen, waiting on customers, setting up and clearing tables, and assisting servers. The wage is $9.75/hour.

Work Hours

You should expect to work an average of 32 hours/week. There is the possibility of receiving more hours depending on the time of the season. You will receive your shifts at least 10 days in advance. Hours may be cut do to the weather since we primarily operate outdoors.

Uniform

Men are required to wear a black shirt and khaki shorts with black non-slip shoes. Females are required to wear a black shirt and jean skirt with black non-slip shoes. After the two-week training period employees are given a staff shirt.

Work Start Dates

You should plan your U.S. arrival so you can begin working May 15 – June 20.

Work End Dates

We are looking for candidates who can work until September 15. You must give at least two weeks notice of your final day of work and be as upfront and honest as possible about your last day of work.

Interview Format

We are able to interview and hire couples and friend groups up to three people.

Housing Information

We do not provide housing for J-1 participants, but we can give you some guidance. In the past J-1 participants have arrived and found housing by walking around town and seeing some of the spots that are available. You should make sure to have a signed lease that clearly lays out the expectations for your rent and security deposit. We also recommend using Craigslist or a realtor in town.

Area Description

Ocean City is a huge tourist destination during the summer. You will meet people from all over the U.S. and the world. During the summer there is a lot to do: movies on the beach, the exciting Boardwalk, minor League Baseball games, lacrosse tournaments, THE BEACH, and tons of great shopping.

What To Expect At The Job Fair?

You will meet and interview with InterExchange host employers in hospitality, food service, tourism, and the amusement park industry from across the United States. During your interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide which roles are the best fit for you. InterExchange staff will be there to answer any questions you may have about the J-1 application process. You will also meet fellow J-1 participants with whom you may end up working alongside! Be ready to interview one-on-one with a host employer or in small groups with your fellow J-1 applicants.

How To Prepare For Your Interviews

  • Before attending the job fair, carefully read over the employer’s promotion page. You can get a clearer idea of what the job is going to be like by reading the provided information

  • Do some research about the host employer and their surrounding area. Check out their website, social media accounts, and neighborhood.

  • Talk to your friends! Get advice from people who have completed the J-1 program in the past. They’ll help you understand what you can expect during your program.

  • Know your program dates! Your work start and finish dates are really important to host employers and that will definitely be a question they’ll ask you. Do some research on your university exam dates so you can best estimate your working dates.

  • Bring your resume with you. There won’t be an opportunity for you to print your resume at the Gresham, so make sure to come with a few additional copies of your resume.

  • Complete your InterExchange application. To speed up getting your job offer, make sure the application has been filled out and submitted to InterExchange. If you have any questions about your application, let us or SAYIT know and we’ll be happy to help!

After The Job Fair

Shortly after the Job Fair SAYIT will let you know if you have been offered any positions. Once SAYIT reaches out to you with your offer, you have 24 hours to accept or decline. After accepting a job offer, InterExchange will create and send you an official job offer on your InterExchange online application.

Then the hard part is over! SAYIT and InterExchange will help you with the next steps in acquiring your J-1 visa, and you can spend more time preparing for an exciting summer in the USA!

Marissa Quintero Marissa Quintero

Marissa's passion for travel and cultural exchange make her feel right at home at InterExchange as the Regional Manager for the Work & Travel USA program for Irish participants. Before moving to New York City in 2015, Marissa taught English in Argentina and has traveled through many countries in South America. She is originally from Colorado and loves a good après ski.

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