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Fax: 207-553-5272

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You’re here in the U.S. and now you need to do what you came to do—work! If you don’t have a job, you’ll need to find one and report it to CIEE within 30 days of arriving. Maybe you have a job but want a second one to earn extra money? And you’ll need to make sure you complete some important tasks, such as applying for your Social Security Number and registering in SEVIS.


Work & Travel USA is an opportunity not only to explore the U.S. and learn about American culture, but also to make new friends, practice your English, and learn new skills. But first, you need to find a job and understand how to get started, so you can earn money to help you do all those things! Check out this section to learn about everything from getting a job, to Social Security, to income taxes.

I don’t have a job yet...
If you were approved by CIEE and your local agency to travel to the U.S. without a job, you will need to find one as soon as possible. We expect you to find and report employment to CIEE within 30 days of entering the country. If you have questions or concerns about your job search, call CIEE.

For instructions, suggestions, and resources to help you find a job while in the United States, please visit the Find a Job section.

I want to find a second job!
This is a great idea. Many CIEE Work & Travel USA students get second jobs while they’re in the United States. There are some simple and important reminders that you should be aware of.

  • You must report your second job to CIEE, and have it approved before you start working.
  • Your primary job is your first responsibility. It is important that your second job does not interfere with your primary job. Make sure you let your manager know if you are looking for a second job.

Work Dates and Your DS-2019
Your DS-2019 identifies CIEE as your sponsor and it shows the exact dates you can legally work in the U.S. These dates cannot be changed once you are in the U.S. for any reason. They will be different from your J-1 Visa dates and the Program Dates that are indicated on your Confirmation of Insurance. If you work outside of the dates on your DS-2019, you will be in violation of the CIEE Work & Travel USA program rules and this can affect your future applications for U.S. visas.

Getting to Your Employer
CIEE expects you to travel to and work for the employer you signed an agreement with. If your travel was delayed, be sure to contact your employer by phone to let them know when you will arrive.

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The experience I like most is when you open your mind, you’ll find everything is so wonderful.
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By entering the contest, you are agreeing to allow WYSE Work Abroad and CIEE to use your video to promote work abroad programs.

WYSE Work Abroad: Expand Your Horizons Video Contest

WYSE Work Abroad: Expand Your Horizons Video Contest

Enter the WYSE Work Abroad Video Contest and you could win US$2,000!

As a member of WYSE Work Abroad, CIEE encourages you to showcase your creative talents by joining WYSE Work Abroad’s “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest. Submit a 2-3 minute video about your work abroad, volunteer, work and travel, or internship experience, and you could win US $2,000!

Find out more about this exciting contest by visiting the contest microblog site:

The 2011 contest is now closed. Check back in April 2012 for details of the 2012 contest!

Be sure to notify WYSE Work Abroad that you’ve entered the contest by emailing them your name and the title of your video. You must also indicate that you are a CIEE Work & Travel USA participant.

If you have questions, please visit the WYSE Work Abroad website or email them at


CIEE Extras

CIEE is pleased to announce new benefits available to all CIEE Work & Travel USA participants. These benefits and services are provided to all students at little or no extra charge.

Student Advantage

Even if you have an ISIC card, the Student Advantage card can offer you extra discounts! For a membership cost of only US$12 (+$2.50 for shipping), CIEE Work & Travel USA participants can save on thousands of products and services around the USA, including trains, buses, even A|X Armani Exchange! Find out more.
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Hostelling International USA provides high quality hostels in more than 70 locations throughout the U.S. Find out where they’re located, book your beds online, and access special offers just for Work & Travel USA participants here. Happy Travels!

Hostelworld offers some of the best deals on hostels and hotels around the world! And, with a Student Advantage membership, you can get even better deals! .
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