Finding a summer job in the U.S. can be difficult. If you are thinking about participating in our program, consider our Job Placement program. We will connect you with potential employers and take care of the hiring process for you.
If you are already a participant looking for a job in the U.S., below are resources to assist you with your job hunt. Before applying for any position in the U.S., please be sure that you understand InterExchange's job verification process and review the list of prohibited jobs.
When seeking temporary employment in the U.S., you should provide a resume and cover letter for potential employers. A resume is a written document that highlights your relevant work experience, skills, and education for the advertised position. A cover letter states your interest in the job and highlights key skills and experience that are detailed in your resume.
The samples below are only provided to guide you in composing these professional documents. You should personalize the information so it's specific to your background and experience.
There are hundreds of online job search engines in the United States. The following websites allow you to post your resume, search listings by industry, and find job hunting advice and tips for cover letters, resumes, and interviewing:
Follow these guidelines when you apply:
- Make a list of companies or job postings that interest you.
- Ensure that you meet any requirements in the job descriptions and that you have researched the company and its location.
- If you're applying for a specific position, include all the requested documents and follow any application instructions listed in the job posting. Follow all application instructions carefully.
If an employer responds to your application to schedule an interview, make sure you are ready to discuss your skills and experience, especially the experiences and skills you have listed in your resume and cover letter. To prepare for your interview:
- Gather as much information as possible about the company and write a list of questions that you'd like to ask your interviewer. Many of your questions will be discussed throughout the interview, but you should prepare enough questions to learn more about the company and the position. American employers expect and want applicants to ask questions about the job.
- Practice your interview with a friend or family member. You'll find a list of potential interview questions and other interviewing tips on JobInterviewQuestions.org.
- On the day of the interview, be on time and be prepared! If you are interviewing via phone or webcam, test your equipment in advance so that you are sure you know how it works. Also, be sure to find a quiet and private spot so that your interview will not be interrupted and there will be no distractions.
- Always send an email within 24 hours of your interview to thank the interviewer(s) and to reaffirm your interest in the position. Make sure you have the contact information (names, titles, and email addresses) for all of your interviewers.
Before participants may start work at a host business, an InterExchange staff member must confirm the job placements, whether it's your initial job, a replacement job, or an additional job. For participants who wish to change or add jobs, they must first notify and confer with InterExchange; in these cases, InterExchange must still fully vet the potential host employers before the participant can begin work at the business.
Please be sure to review the list of prohibited positions before submitting an Employment Offer and Agreement Form.
Follow the steps below for InterExchange to check your job offer in an efficient manner.
Step 1: Employment Offer and Agreement
Once an employer has offered you a position at his/her business, an Employment Offer and Agreement Form (job offer) must be filled out.
Step 2: Submit Employment Offer and Agreement
Log into your SEVIS dashboard to submit your job details and upload your Employment Offer and Agreement Form. You can scan a copy of the form or upload a picture. Be sure that both pages are clear and legible.
Step 3: InterExchange Verifies Position
InterExchange will contact your employer to review the Employment Offer and Agreement details. Your employer must provide the following documents before InterExchange can approve your position:
- Employer Identification Number (Federal Tax Identification Number)
- Business License
- Workers’ compensation deck sheet or policy’s cover page
InterExchange may ask for an Employer Seasonality Declaration form or revenue/occupancy numbers in order to demonstrate the seasonal nature of the positions.
Your employer can visit our Self-Placement page for employers for more specific information about the hiring process.
NOTE: If InterExchange cannot reach your employer or collect the necessary documents, your job will be rejected.
You will get an email notification when InterExchange approves or declines a job offer that you submit. Remember that you cannot begin work until you receive an approval email from InterExchange!