Working Abroad
American Summer Exchange


The process is straightforward. Sign up with our program. We’ll contact you to set up a short interview with us, then a host employer. Once you get hired on, we’ll help with planning and support for your journey to the job location. During your summer, we’ll communicate at regular intervals and be here for support so you can get the most out of your program!


Eligibility and Selection
Participants must be:
  • 18 years old at program start date
  • Legal to work in the U.S.
  • Graduate of an accredited U.S. high school
  • Enrolled full-time in a classroom-based U.S. college, university, or other higher-education institution either currently, starting in fall 2023, or with deferred status for 2024
  • Committed to participating in the cultural and professional development aspects of the program
All qualified applicants will be contacted by an InterExchange staff member to begin the interview and placement process.
Participants must commit to between 8-16 weeks during summer vacation. Program start dates are flexible and can begin as early as May 15.

May 15, 2024


Program Fee: $295

Please see our refund policy

Your program fee covers all of the following:

  • Summer job placement with one of our five trusted host employers
  • Arrangement of local housing at or very near your job location
  • Support throughout the application and interview process
  • Info session prior to your program
  • Regular check-ins and 24-hour support throughout your program
  • Cultural, reflective, and career development information, activities, and support
  • Travel to your job: ~$300-700+ (depending on the distance from your home to your job placement)
  • Housing: ~$115-450 per month, depending on your job placement. All housing will be arranged by InterExchange and your host employer, and will be directly at or very near your job location. A deposit might be required.
  • Meals, local transportation, and incidentals: $150-200 per month

All job placements will earn at least minimum wage. Hourly pay will vary depending on the specific host employer and position.

You can expect to spend between $1,500 and $2,000 throughout your American Summer Exchange Program. We suggest you budget at least $900-1,200 to cover your initial costs and deposits when you arrive to your host employer, and to cover any unexpected or emergency situations before your first paycheck.

In general, participants can cover the above expenses with earnings from their job. Our most recent international participant survey showed that our Work & Travel USA international students were able to earn enough money to cover these expenses, and many were able to save enough to travel in the U.S. before returning home.


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