Irish Outreach offers a J1 Summer Orientation Program with comprehensive assistance and advice to incoming J1 students and covers everything you need for a successful summer in San Diego.


Services offered at our Orientation:

  • Bank Account opening at our office
  • Social Security administration employees will be on hand to process your social security card application at our office for the fastest processing times. For the past two years waiting time for our client’s Social Security cards has been 7-10 working days compared to the general waiting time of 4-6 weeks
  • Cell Phone provider will be present with special rates for Irish students and US cell phones for purchase
  • Advice on accommodation, safety, travel, and everything else you need to know to have a successful summer in San Diego
  • Summer long access to student computers and printing services
  • Access to discounted tickets for Irish Night at the Padres and other great offers and events during the summer


Orientations are free of charge, any donations are gratefully received. Orientation dates for next summer will follow in spring 2018. Support for the J1 2018 will begin in January 2018, please complete the following form for assistance.

*Irish Outreach San Diego is a non-profit organization offering assistance and support to the Irish community in Southern California. We are a member of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC).


**We are located at 2725 Congress St., San Diego, CA 92110 – right beside the bus and trolley station in Old Town. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm.




J1 Accommodation and Employment Advice:

With the changed regulations of the J1 program it’s important to begin searching for your summer employment in advance to secure your place in the program.  Securing a seasonal job on the other side of the world, months ahead of your arrival is not an easy task but those who are most innovative and dedicate the most time to the job hunting process, will get results. We will also accept your resume and add them to a database that local employers we have worked with over the years can access but we get up to a thousand pre arrival queries from J1’s each summer so the numbers of resumes we receive far outweigh the number of employers who will come directly to us to source students. If you would like to submit a resume, submit it in both Word &  PDF form. No more than one page long, no leaving cert results, focus on your work experience, particularly seasonal work in hospitality retail, etc. Do NOT include hobbies, reading, running, travelling, football, etc instead include Skills and Achievements, e.g First Aid certified, fluent spanish, computer programing, captained sports team to success, young entrepreneur of the year, etc, etc.


Similarly, students who arrive in the US early are definitely at an advantage in terms of securing accommodation. It is always difficult to secure summer long accommodation until you arrive here in person and over the years, many students have been caught out by accommodation scams.


If you have any concerns at all, please contact us to check out your proposed accommodation. We strongly advise not to exchange any money for accommodation prior to arrival, unless dealing with a reputable apartment complex. There are many great hostels available to stay at in San Diego while finding more permanent locations and we are happy to advise.


Irish Outreach San Diego, 2725 Congress Street , Suite 2G , San Diego. CA 92110


"We would like to thank the Irish Abroad Unit of The Department of Foreign Affairs for their support of our work through the Emigrant Support Program"

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Irish Outreach San Diego

2725 Congress Street

Suite 2G

San Diego

CA 92110


Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-4pm.