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USA Hotel Professional

United States
6 to 12 months
Global Exclusive

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  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
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Trip overview

Explore the Land of Opportunity whilst stepping up your career on our USA Hotel Professional. If you want to dive into the culture of everything that is the USA, have some education or experience in hospitality, tourism or hotel management and have been thinking about turning that into a career back home, then this is the paid travel experience for you! You’re going to be hosted by some industry-leading hotels around the USA, learning on the job and funding your travels through earning a local income. After you’ve finished your trip, chances are the organisation may even offer employment with a sister hotel back home, or somewhere else in the world!

We offer the complete package for those wanting to take huge strides in their career abroad, whilst at the same time discovering everything the Land of the Free has to offer. This trip secures you a paid internship with a prestigious 4 or 5-star hotel in the USA, with a J1 sponsorship visa of up to 12 months on a US Government-approved exchange program. 

Get expert experience in the country of your dreams, network with industry leaders and obtain impressive and valuable skills to add to your resume/CV. This trip is perfect for upcoming hospitality superstars to level up their career in an incredible environment, whilst ticking off travel goals at the same time. 



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Paid internship/traineeship

J-1 visa sponsorship

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

J-1 visa guidance

Personal Travel Concierge

Private airport transfer

5 nights hostel accommodation

Medical insurance

Local life essentials

Online orientation

Permanent accommodation support

$200 Global Tour Voucher

Ongoing support from our team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

Marketplace deals


$250 off your next trip

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency, so please don’t book with us if that’s what you’re looking for. We sell and organise amazing international travel experiences for the purpose of cultural exchange & education. If a trip has a paid work option, this is not mandatory to do and is there as a means to fund your travels only, and no fee is charged by us for this component. All payments you make are for travel and local support services. If you’re still confused, please get in touch.

Trip details

Our USA Hotel Professional is designed to get you set up abroad as quickly and safely as possible. If you haven’t heard already, getting a visa to work in America isn’t easy. You can’t just fly over there and start working unless you have already secured yourself a placement through a registered US sponsor organisation. Our expert team takes care of all the stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas, from a US Government-approved visa sponsorship, to J-1 visa application advice, as well as unparalleled guidance and support on any questions you might have about working, living & travelling in the States. Simply, we’re here to ensure your transition to experiencing life in the USA is seamless.

Arrive into the USA knowing that you’re many steps ahead of every other traveller starting this experience. You’ll be adequately prepared to slip right into your paid hospitality, tourism, hotel or culinary training program, having already been in close contact with your new host company in America. With the hard work already done, you can focus on learning and earning. Gaining skills and slipping seamlessly into your new American way of life. Our team offers 24/7 support throughout the entire journey and we’re only a phone call, click or message away!

You won’t just be like your fellow colleagues at your hotel. This trip is a paid internship and training program in hospitality or hotel management in the USA. You will not only become trained-up from working in various parts of the hotel over the 6-12 months that you are there, but you’ll also be earning within the top 3% bracket for your selected market. Some hotel chains even provide you with 2 hotel placements in different parts of the country, with relocation costs included! Past examples have included 6 months in California & 6 months in Florida and a placement in Aspen, Colorado with a placement in Napa Valley, California during the off-season. This is a great trip for anyone interested in pursuing hospitality, tourism or hotel management as their career. An experience like this at a top hotel in the US is a rare feat for a resume/CV. Examples of departments you could be trained up in are culinary, food & beverage, housekeeping and front office. 

Spend more of your time in the country exploring, seeing the incredible landscapes and road-tripping with friends instead of sweating the logistical stuff. We’re here to save you time, money, stress and even the risk of returning home early. Make your time count on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work & travel in America and get out there to find your ‘pinch me, I’m really here’ moment.


To qualify for this trip you must meet the visa requirements. You also must either;

  • Have 5 years experience in hospitality/tourism/hotel management (a job at your local fast-food chain or restaurant qualifies), or
  • Have an Associates or Bachelors degree in hospitality/tourism/hotel/business management and 1 year or more of hospitality/tourism/hotel experience (fast food counts), or
  • Be currently studying a degree in hospitality/tourism/hotel/business management or have graduated within the last 12 months at the time of applying for your visa.

You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, optional travel insurance (your medical insurance is included), visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

The beauty of this trip is that it provides incredible real-world experience for your career, while still giving you enough time off to be able to explore the USA! As a rough idea, here’s what you can expect: 

Week 1

Touch down in the USA to begin your hospitality traineeship adventure. Your first week will vary greatly depending on who you have undertaken your traineeship with. If you’re with a hotel you will always start with an orientation class with the other new exchange participants & employees to the hotel. This is where you will learn about the hotel culture and what’s involved with your new role. 

If you have taken on a traineeship with a standalone restaurant you will be a lot more down to business. Meeting HR and who you’ll be working with, given a tour and a rundown of your role, then you’ll jump straight in! 


Trip location

You could be placed at 4 and 5-star hotels, or prestigious restaurants in sought after locations across the USA. 

Traveller jobs & locations 

Land a traineeship learning everything there is to know around your speciality in the hospitality industry. You’ll work your way up while also making a great wage and great friends in the process! Located all across the country, here’s a list of the departments within our Partner Organisations you could find yourself working between. 

  • Culinary
  • Food & Beverage
  • Front Office
  • Rooms Division
  • + More

From rubbing elbows with the rich and famous in Aspen, being the fuel behind the party in New Orleans to toe-tapping the night away in Nashville. We’ve got host companies dotted in the best spots around the USA, so you could find yourself working in any of these destinations.  

  • New Orleans
  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Napa Valley
  • San Diego
  • Aspen
  • Nashville
  • Dallas
  • Santa Barbara
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • + More

Frequently asked questions

How it works

Make your decision

Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.

We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.


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