For Summer J-1

The J-1 Summer visa program is an exciting opportunity which many Irish students take part on each year, however, Rian Immigrant Center does not sponsor the Summer J-1 visa.


The Rian Immigrant Center has helped hundreds of J-1 Summer students over the years, especially those based in Boston, providing plenty of advice and support.

In terms of finding a job, your starting point should always be to check in with your visa sponsor to see if they have any employer connections. It is our understanding that J-1 Summer visa sponsors have many employer connections in the U.S. and so they should be able to connect you.

In order to support your journey, consider the following:

  • Pick a city and state. Spend a few days researching opportunities for employment in that city.
    • Look in their websites, etc, figure out who the right contacts are, etc. Use the spreadsheet and resources on our J-1 Employer Research page to assist your networking and job search.
  • Start looking into networking. Join Alumni groups, Irish Networking groups, sporting groups (GAA, Soccer, Music, etc) in the city you plan to visit. Contacts made in these places can bring reward in terms of leading to jobs. Examples like ‘Irish Network Boston’ speaks for itself, i.e. it’s a group of professional Irish people in Boston who meet up regularly to network.
  • Create a one-page U.S style resume. Visit our Resume & Linkedin Resources page for suggestions.

We wish you the best for your J-1 Summer program – stay in touch!