Two Resort Leaders participants laughing on a beach in the US.

Intern at the best resorts in America.

6 - 12 month paid internships at 4 and 5-star resorts across America. Visa and flights included.

Applications open for the 2025 season.

Live the adventure

Further your career, travel America and have fun.

Resort Leaders is a cultural exchange program designed to help young people work abroad, gain real-world industry experience, and have the adventure of a lifetime. You'll work abroad at a world-class resort for 6 - 12 months, experience the American culture, and build friendships beyond borders.

Two Resort Leaders participants looking over Mohonk Mountain House.
A Resort Leaders participant on a beach in the USA.
Two Resort Leaders participants experiencing the winter activities at Mohonk Mountain House.
Resort Leaders participant on a boat.
Available roles

Take your career to the next level.

We work with over 50 world-class resorts across America that offer high-quality paid hospitality internships across 3 key departments.

Two people working Front Desk at a Resort Leaders partner resort.

Front desk internship

Front desk is an important part of the hotel team, responsible for ensuring that guests have a smooth check-in and check-out process, providing them with information about the hotel and its amenities, and addressing any concerns or requests they may have during their stay. You'll also have the chance to develop your leadership skills by learning how to manage the department from a supervisory perspective.

Departments include:

  • Front Desk
  • Reservations
  • Sales
  • Concierge
A Food and Beverage Resort Leaders intern.

Food and beverage internship

As a member of the food and beverage team, you'll experience the fast-paced environment of bars and restaurants, and rotate through various departments. This will give you a wide range of experience and a taste of what it's like to work in different settings, honing your skills in customer service and operational efficiency.

Departments include:

  • Fine Dining
  • Casual Dining
  • Banquets & Events
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Gastronomy and culinary internship

Gastronomy and culinary is an exciting division to work in for aspiring chefs and culinary enthusiasts. You'll gain hands-on experience in preparing and cooking dishes, and learn about the operational side of running a kitchen. By the end of your internship, you'll have a solid understanding of what it takes to operate a high-volume, high-quality kitchen, and the skills to succeed in a dynamic culinary environment.

Departments include:

  • Banquet Kitchens
  • Fine Dining
  • Speciality Kitchens


Simple and clear pricing, with easy payment plans.

Resort Leaders Internship
+ $3000 paid while in U.S.
6 - 12 month paid internship placement
Earn American hourly wages plus added tips where appropriate
Return flights to the U.S.
Pre-arranged housing
Visa sponsorship and assistance
90 days of health insurance
24/7 U.S. emergency line
Up to 30 days to travel after your placement
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What's not included

There are a few costs that are not included in the program fee.

  • U.S. Visa Application (MRV) Fee - $185 USD (Paid to U.S. Embassy)
  • Housing Costs - $150-250 per week on average, depending on location
  • Health Insurance - $2.45 (Basic) $2.95 (Upgraded) per day, for every day over 90 days
Flexible payment options

Pay in instalments at no extra cost

To make it affordable and accessible, we’ve broken the price down into easy payment plans. Part of your plan is paid before you depart; the rest is then paid after you arrive in the US and start earning your salary.

Before departure. Divided into 4 instalments.
  • Payment 1: £49
  • Payment 2: £50
  • Payment 3: £200
  • Payment 4: £200
While in the US. Divided into 4 instalments.
  • Payment 1: $750
  • Payment 2: $750
  • Payment 3: $750
  • Payment 4: $750
Two Resort Leaders participants experiencing the winter activities at Mohonk Mountain House.

Full-support through your whole journey.

We'll support you from the day you sign up to the day you arrive home. Our expert team are seasoned travellers and have all taken part in cultural exchange programs themselves. They will help you with your application, securing your visa and preparing you for your adventure of a lifetime.

An example of Resort Leaders housing.

Know where you're going to live and how you'll get there.

Unlike most other work abroad programs Resort Leaders sets you up with your accommodation before you depart for America. As well as arranging your flights and onward travel to your resort.

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Guaranteed placement offer.

We are so confident that you will land a American internship through the Resort Leaders program that, if for any reason you don’t, we will refund all payments made.

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible for an internship in America you must meet certain visa sponsorship criteria.

Enrolled or recently graduated (12 months) in a Hospitality, Tourism or Culinary based degree OR have 5 years of industry experience.
18-30 years old
Have no criminal record
Have a valid passport
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The answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Where will I stay and what will my meals options be? 

As the resorts are often situated in remote areas, your employer will provide you with accommodation to simplify the process. You'll be offered good quality sleeping quarters on or near the site, which typically cost between $150 and $250 per week, much cheaper than in towns or cities. The dining arrangements will then depend on the resort.

You may have access to employee cafeterias where meals are provided at a heavily discounted price, with various options available for approximately $1 to $3 per meal. Dietary requirements will also be accommodated. Alternatively, your accommodation may feature a communal kitchen for self-cooking, and you'll be responsible for your groceries.

Can I choose a resort?

Resorts set their staffing needs and select candidates based on their skills and availability. We collaborate with you to enhance your application to appeal to a wide range of employers, increasing your chances of securing the best possible internship options in the United States.

Will I get time off?

Yes, you’ll have guaranteed time off alongside your colleagues to explore the local area, enjoy some downtime, or even contribute to other areas of resort life. Time off varies depending on your resort and your role.

Still have questions?

Our friendly team would love to hear from you.

Register your interest now

Get started on your 6-12 month hospitality internship in America.