What Employers Should Know About the Work & Travel Program

WISE® Work & Travel Program matches your company with highly motivated university and college students from around the world and provides them with the authorization and support they need to be a valuable part of your seasonal team.

Benefits of Working with WISE® to Recruit Seasonal Employees

  • Thoroughly pre-screened candidates.
  • The option to be actively involved in the applicant interviewing process.
  • Working with a Department of State designated sponsor of the Summer Work and Travel Program that handles the complete visa application process.
  • Open and consistent communication between your company and WISE®.
  • WISE® site visits during the program.
  • Time saving measures through mass recruiting.
  • WISE® organized participant health insurance.
  • Reduced worker turnover.
  • Added international prospective.


Employee Availability

Spring Program: March – July (4 month maximum)
Students arrive as early as March 1 and work as late as July 5. Participants are from the Philippines.

Summer Program: May – October (4 month maximum)
Students arrive as early as mid-May and as late as early July. Participants generally are from the Northern Hemisphere.

Winter Program: December – April (4 month maximum)
Students arrive from early to mid-December. Participants generally are from the Southern Hemisphere.

Host Employer Requirements

To become a host employer for J-1 participant you will need to:

  • Enter into a Host Employer Agreement with the WISE® Foundation
  • Provide written job offers
  • Provide WISE® with a copy of your business license
  • Provide WISE® with workers compensation documentation
  • Provide WISE® with photos of employee housing