Ineligible employers and prohibited jobs

You have a vast choice of summer jobs in the U.S. However, the following types of jobs are prohibited within the framework of the J-1 Summer Work & Travel program:

  • Domestic help positions in private U.S. households – e.g. au pair, servant, gardener or chauffeur
  • Jobs in farming or ranching
  • Jobs providing clinical care, medical services or involving patient contact, hands on therapy, counseling, administering treatment or making diagnoses of medical, psychiatric or psychological patients, or veterinary work involving hands-on care.
  • Jobs for which another J-1 Visa category exists (e.g. Camp Counselor, Intern…)
  • Operators of pedicabs, rolling chairs, other passenger carrying vehicles for hire, and/or vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license
  • Teacher, teaching assistant or coach
  • As ship or aircraft crew members, or as pilots, except as crew members on ships that travel only within domestic U.S. waters
  • Jobs in factories or manufacturing
  • Jobs as operators or drivers of vehicles or vessels for which drivers’ licenses are required
  • Jobs on the gaming floor of casinos
  • Jobs in the fisheries industry

An exhaustive list of prohibited jobs can be found in the CIEE website • Prohibited Jobs.
Please note that you need CIEE’s permission before changing jobs.