If you are looking for a summer job or an internship in the United States, there are many organizations in Ireland which can assist you.
One of the most important tasks is helping you get the correct and necessary visa for your time in the US.
US immigration laws prohibit you from taking a summer job or studying at university if you do not have the proper visa.
You may not enter the States on a tourist visa and then search for a place to work or do an internship. You must apply for the necessary visa in Ireland. The exchange organizations mentioned below not only offer help in getting visas, but they also often offer jobs.
Young people wishing to work for a while in the United States can find help and support from a number of other organizations offering various programs, for example: Au pair programs in child care, jobs as counselors at American summer camps, or internship
Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition
The United States is a federal republic with a decentralized system of education. Degrees, diplomas, and credit recognition are not performed or regulated by the federal government. Recognition is not usually done by state or local governments either, except in the case of professional licensure. Instead, the federal government and other levels of government rely on, and recognize, the evaluations of foreign academic, professional, and vocational credentials performed by the delegated competent authorities at the institutional level and in the private sector.
- America’s Career Infonet (ACINET)(Search for occupational licensing requirements by state, occupation or agency. This tool includes information on licenses that maybe required by law in order for you to practice a particular occupation. Search options include search by state, by occupation or agency).
- American Dental Association (ADA)U.S. Licensure for International Dentists :
- American Medical Association – International Medical Graduates Section (Information on immigration, certification and licensing. Applying for residency positions)
- Career Guide to Industries – The guide provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008/09 (Addresses and information on more than 200 occupations)
- Nursing in the United States
- Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
- Teaching in the United States
- Teaching in the United States (U.S. Department of Education)
- U.S. Network for Education Information (Overview and competent authorities)
- Higher Education Database (From International Association of Universities. English-language information on educational systems)
- Working as a Doctor in the United States
- USMLE Web Site (United States Medical Licensing Examination)
Law Enforcement Agencies
U.S. Police Force and Other Law Enforcement Agencies
Law enforcement agencies in the United States come under the jurisdiction of many different authorities at federal, state, county and municipal levels of government. There is no national police force, although there are several federal law enforcement agencies.
The best known of these is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is charged with gathering and reporting facts and compiling evidence in cases involving federal jurisdiction. Also part of the Department of Justice is the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which is the lead federal agency in enforcing narcotics laws and regulations.
General information is available from:
International Association of Chiefs of Police
515 N. Washington St
Tel. + (703) 836-6767
Fax.+ (703) 836-4543
American Police Hall of Fame and Museum describes itself as the nation’s only memorial and museum honoring all police in federal, state, county and local departments.
American Police Hall Of Fame & Museum
3801 Biscayne Blvd.
Tel: + (305) 573-0070
Fax: + (305) 573-9819
Most states maintain police departments but state police force activities are usually concentrated on highway patrol and other traffic work. County governments, of which there are more than 3,000, maintain police forces under the command of a sheriff. There is much variation in the scope of the authority and the size of these forces. In some states, particularly those in the South and West, the county sheriff’s office wields considerable power, but in others this power is restricted by the jurisdiction of the city police departments. At local or municipal level, city police departments encompass all areas of police work from traffic control and detection to laboratory and forensic.
Employees of most American law enforcement agencies must hold U.S. citizenship
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20535-0001
Tel: + (202) 324-3000
Fax: + (202) 324-4705
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
600-700 Army-Navy Drive
Arlington VA 22202
Tel:+ (202) 307-8000
Fax+: (202) 307-4778
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
1450 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314-2490
Tel: + (703) 836-7827
Fax:+ (703) 683-6541
Selected City Police Departments
Anchorage City PD
4501 S. Bragaw Street
Anchorage, AK 99507.
Phone: + 907-786-8590
Atlanta City PD
675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, N.E.
9th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.
Phone: + 404-817-6900
Austin City PD
715 E. 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701.
Phone: + 512-974-5000
Baltimore City PD
601 E. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21202.
Phone: + 410-396-2525
Boston City PD
1 Schroeder Plaza
Boston, MA 02120.
Phone: + 617-343-4500
Chicago City PD
1121 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605.
Phone: + 312-747-5501
Dallas City PD
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201.
Phone: + 214-670-3698
Denver City PD
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204.
Phone: + 720-913-6527
Indianapolis City PD
50 N Alabama Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: + 317-327-3282
Kansas City PD
1125 Locust StreetKansas City, MO 64106.
Phone: + 816-234-5000
Los Angeles PD
150 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Phone: + 213-485-3202
Minneapolis City PD
Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Phone: + 612-673-2853
New Orleans City PD
715 S. Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119.
Phone: + 504-826-2727
New York City PD
1 Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038.
Phone: + 212-374-6710
Orlando City PD
100 S. Hughey Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801.
Phone: + 407-246-2401
Philadelphia City PD
700 Race Street Rm 311
Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Phone: + 215-686-3128
Phoenix City PD
620 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003.
Phone: + 602-262-6747
Pittsburgh City PD
100 Grant Street 7th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Phone: + 412-255-2814
St. Louis City PD
1200 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103.
Salt Lake City PD
315 E. 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
San Diego City PD
San Diego, CA 92101.
San Francisco City PD
850 Bryant St.,
Hall of Justice Rm 505
San Francisco, CA 94103
Seattle City PD
610 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104.
Washington, D.C. PD
300 Indiana Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001.
Moving to the U.S.
Department of Labor
- Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Average Annual Pay by State and Industry
- Occupational Outlook Handbook U.S. Department of Commerce
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Compensation and Working Conditions
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Department of Labor
- Bigbook(yellow pages listing 16 million US Businesses)
- Bigfoot(access to phone number and e-mail listings)
- Bigyellow(17 million business listings by Bell Atlantic)
- Switchboard(US business and personal phone numbers)
Nursing in the United States
Nurses qualified outside the United States who plan to practice in the U.S. must take the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination. It is a one-day, visa-qualifying examination that assesses an applicant’s basic level of knowledge in nursing and English.
To qualify to take the CGFNS exam, applicants must have graduated from a government-approved nursing program, which included at least a two years general nursing training and must hold a valid license to practice as a general nurse in their country. NOTE: Persons licensed solely as midwives, children’s nurses, psychiatric nurses, or other specialized nurses are not eligible for the CGFNS examination.
Application for this exam should be made at least three months prior to the exam – application forms can be obtained by writing to CGFNS at 3600 Market Street, Fourth Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-2651. Website is: http://www.cgfns.org/Telephone: (215) 349 8767. All inquiries concerning this test must be directed to CGFNS in Philadelphia.
Nurses who pass both portions of the exam and receive CGFNS certificates are eligible to apply for a non-immigrant occupation preference visa (called a H-1) from the U.S. Embassy in Dublin. To practice in the United States, however, certified foreign nurse graduates must be licensed in the state where they wish to practice. To do this, they must pass the Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Applicants for this exam, which can only be taken in the United States, should contact the board in the state where they want to practice for information on how to register for the test.
State Boards of Nursing
- College Grad (Resumés, cover letters and more)
- Guide to Resumé Writing (JobWeb Career Center)
- Resumé Resources on the Web (Quintessential Careers)
- Resumé Workshop (Purdue University)
Summer Jobs, Work & Travel
Summer Camp Programs (Peterson’s) Information for kids; jobs as camp counselors Au Pair Programs
Excerpt: What You Need to Know About the Au Pair Program(Department of State)
Should you wish to apply for an Au Pair position in the US, please contact an authorized Au Pair organization, as organizing an Au Pair exchange on your own is not possible.
IMPORTANT: Au pairs may only enter the United States with an exchange visitor visa.
Young men and women (from ages 18 to 26) can participate in Au Pair programs if they meet the following criteria:
have experience in childcare
have a driver’s license
have basic skills in English (which will be proven during a selection interview)
are non-smokers (for some organizations, this is a prerequisite)
Working as a Doctor in the U.S.
United States Medical Licensing Examination
The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three complements the others; no one can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.
Because individual medical licensing authorities make decisions regarding use of USMLE results, you should contact the jurisdiction where you intend to apply for licensure to obtain complete information. The Federation of State Medical Boards” can provide general information on medical licensure.