GEC is fully prepared to help you with your questions, concerns and needs.  We are trained on the Federal regulations that govern this program and have multiple years of experience with working with international students from around the world. Contact us to learn more about hosting J-1 students!


Thank you for your interest in GEC/Summer Work USA’s J-1 Summer Work Travel program. This important student exchange program has been a part of our country since the implementation of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961.

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of State has administered educational and cultural exchange programs as a means of building goodwill toward America throughout the world.

First and foremost, this is a cultural exchange program that has a work component. We only work with employers who support the purpose of the program.

Please contact us so that we may forward you an Employer Application that needs to be completed by your company. All requested documentation needs to be submitted along with the Employer Application for review and approval.

It is important to note that some positions are prohibited in the J-1 Summer Work Travel program. These positions are listed in the 2014 Employer Handbook that you will receive after the review and acceptance of your application.

Once your documents are received, GEC will contact you to discuss your application and the additional process of selecting participants for your company as well as to obtain information that is specific to the area where the student will live. If approved, we will forward a work agreement to you for each participant you select that will serve as an agreement between you, the participant, and the sponsor (GEC.)

GEC is available to help with the process at any time. Again, thank you for your interest in being a part of this public diplomacy program that will make a difference in the lives of young people from around the world.

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