Work & Travel

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CHI Work & Travel gives you a head start!

Gain Work Experience and Explore the USA

Get real world job skills in the US during your school break, discover life in America, and make new friends with CHI Work & Travel.

Our flexible program dates work around your schedule.  Spend your winter, spring, or summer working at a popular US resort, amusement park, sporting arena, or restaurant, and in your free time immerse yourself in American culture – tour museums, sightsee, or just relax on the beach. The possibilities are endless.

You've always wanted the experience of a lifetime – now’s your chance.  #GetOutThere!

The Highlights

Spend up to four months working at a US business

Gain real-world job skills and career contacts

Improve your English and your confidence

Share your culture while discovering America

Make new friends

Have fun!

What CHI Offers

Every year CHI brings thousands of university students from around the world to the United States as participants in our prestigious Work & Travel program.  You can be next!  Upon application acceptance:


CHI serves as your program sponsor


We issue your Form DS 2019, to help you apply for your J-1 visa

The Job

If desired, we arrange employment


Our professional staff support you every step of the way

Are you ready to apply for CHI’s Work & Travel program? Contact a CHI partner in your home country to get started.

We are here to help!

If CHI does not have a partner in your country, contact us directly and we will try to help you.

Program Options

There are two program options: Job Assistance and Self Placement

Job Assistance

CHI will find a job for you, work with the employer and take care of all paperwork and arrangements on your behalf.  This option provides less freedom to choose your job and location, but is easier as CHI handles this step for you.


You communicate directly with potential employers and arrange your own job in the US prior to applying.  This option provides freedom to choose your job and location, but is more work as you must secure the job offer yourself.  You would submit the written job offer with your full application.

Job Assisted versus Self-Placed

Job AssistedSelf-Placed
CHI finds exciting US jobs on your behalf for winter, spring or summer
CHI handles all contact with the US employer
CHI completes all necessary paperwork
You choose your own job and location


This is a popular and prestigious program, and we value the maturity and professionalism of our participants.  In order to be selected, you must submit a completed application through a CHI partner agency in your home country, as well as be:

  • Between 18 and 30 years old.
  • A full-time university student.
  • Capable and comfortable in an English-only work environment.
  • Able to show you have sufficient funds to financially support yourself in the US

Cultural Experience

The Work and Travel Exchange Program was designed to offer international students an opportunity to explore US culture while gaining valuable work experience. Cultural enrichment for each participant is a mandatory part of the program and one that CHI takes seriously. By the end of this short program participants will not only have work experience but they will have had a chance to truly experience all that the US has to offer.

Cultural events can be:

  • A day trip to a nearby big city
  • Going to a local sporting event
  • Visiting a museum
  • A barbecue with friends
  • Win badges by telling CHI about the cultural events you attend
  • Each participant is required to fill out a monthly report located within their profile in SEVIS.
  • Refusal to complete the monthly reports regularly can lead to program cancellation.
  • The monthly report is a way for CHI to stay informed about any changes in student housing or employment, as well as to keep track of the cultural activities participants enjoy.
  • Login to your SEVIS account and click on the "Monthly Report" section.
  • If you have trouble accessing the monthly report form online, call CHI directly for assistance.
  • SEVIS: Login in to, go to "Cultural Guides" and choose your state. A number of resources are available to help you find cultural events in your area.
  • CHI "Get Out There" Facebook Group: Active participants are able to join CHI’s private Facebook group. To join, send an email to This lively group allows participants across the US to communicate about cultural events they are attending.
  • Email: Participants are always encouraged to contact CHI directly for help in finding cultural events in their area. Just e-mail and someone will be in touch.
  • Check your e-mail often as CHI will be contacting you throughout your program with more information.

Cultural Resources for Current J1 Participants

Make new friends, explore new places, try new foods. Just get out there and have the best adventure of your life!

Each month you are in the US you will receive a cultural newsletter as well as a cultural calendar via e-mail.  They are sent on or around the first of each month so keep an eye out!  You will find information regarding upcoming holidays as well as fun activities to help you culturally #GetOutThere!

We also encourage you to join our participant Facebook group.  This group Pair, Work & Travel, Internship and Camp participants. Group members are given the opportunity to meet and socialize with other participants while taking part in cultural events and activities in the United States! This is an opportunity to make new friends from around the world and discover the US!  If you aren’t already a member of our participant Facebook group, just visit the group page and ask to join.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at

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