Paid Hospitality Program

The Paid USA Hospitality Program is designed for Foreign Nationals who desire to undertake a paid internship with a U.S. hotel or restaurant for 2-12 months. We currently have over 400 positions available throughout the U.S. looking for interns. Each of the positions we find will be paid or include a stipend. Hourly rates range from $10-16 per hour (32 hr/week minimum). Most placements are found in the areas of Hotel Management, Culinary, or Food & Beverage. Specific properties are not guaranteed. All placement requests will be taken into consideration and we will endeavor to place you in the most appropriate placement and at the highest wage available.

Applicants should be seeking a degree in Hospitality, Hotel, or Culinary Management or have over five years of full time work experience in one of these areas. See Eligibility for more details. The process takes approximately 90-120 days from application completion. Please complete your application at least 4 months before your expected start date.

Program Inclusions

  • Internship Placement

  • J-1 Visa Assistance & Sponsorship Fees

  • Health Insurance

  • Pre-departure Orientation & Handbook

  • Embassy Interview Preparation


Note: Housing not included

Program Fee

  • 0-6 Months:     $4,000

  • 6-12 Months:   $4,600


SEVIS ($220) & DS-160 ($160) Fees are paid separately

Note: 12 Month max for Hospitality Placements

Types of Placements & Examples

  • Culinary

  • Hotel Management

  • Front Desk/ Guest Services

  • Spa Management

  • Tourism Management

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