J-1 Summer Work and Travel & Intern Participants
  • Must have sufficient proficiency in English to interact in an English-speaking environment.
  • Must be actively pursuing a full-time course of study in a university or college outside of the U.S.
  • Must have completed at least one semester in their course of study.
  • Pay $1,500 – $5,000 just to come to the U.S.
  • Are vetted by Homeland Security and must check in with their Dept. of State approved U.S. sponsor once per month while they are here.
  • Must be pre-placed in a job before they arrive.
  • Must have housing before they arrive.
  • J-1 summer work and travel participants are working on Cape Cod  for 3 – 4 months.
  • J-1 interns are working on Cape Cod for 6 months.

For Landlords

How Do I Rent to J-1 Participants?


  1. First, please check with your local town office to see if your rental complies with town by-laws and state laws. Links to each town’s website are listed on this page. Make sure you convey to them this is a summer-only rental.
  2. Please also download this booklet to learn about tenant rights and responsibilities. 
  3. In addition to state laws and town by-laws, all beds must be on a frame. Any basement rooms used as bedrooms must be finished, have adequate natural light, and have two exits in case of fire. One exit may be a window that an average adult can use to exit in case of a fire. 
  4. All rentals must be furnished.
  5. All rentals must have in the kitchen enough pots, pans, dishes, cups or glasses, and cooking and eating utensils for the amount of J-1 participants in your rental.
  6. Download a2019 landlord application form
  7. E-mail the completed application form to the  Mid-Cape J-1 Housing Program . 
  8. Once the application form is received, you will be contacted so that we may set up a time to view the rental.
  9. After the rental has been approved, your rental information will be given to J-1 participants. They will contact you via e-mail.
  10. Once you have chosen your J-1 participants, please send their names to the Mid-Cape J-1 Housing Program