The USA is a country of opportunity, and Partnership International’s Au Pair USA programme is an amazing opportunity to experience the States from within! You will get to improve your education, gain childcare skills, travel the country, learn from your host family, and be paid for the experience.

With our Au Pair USA programme you will:

  • Get paid for the whole stay in America
  • Gain practical childcare experience
  • Have 3-day training/orientation programme in New York City
  • Get your own private room and full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) accommodation
  • Two weeks of paid vacation time
  • Have a unique 12 month (or longer if you wish) experience in a U.S. city

Please note: The Au Pair USA programme is only available to Irish students.


  • Partnership International and our U.S. partners have years of experience organising successful Au Pair USA programmes
  • Programme combines traditional childcare focus with education, cultural activities and entertainment
  • Programme is acknowledged worldwide by the Au Pair Association IAPA and the World Youth Student Educational Travel Confederation WYSETC
  • Dedicated team of highly qualified professionals (many of whom have been Au Pairs)
  • Only ever placed in a city where there is a Partnership International partner office to provide support
  • Local coordinators and other Au Pairs in the locality
  • 24/7 emergency contact service


  • Provide a unique 12 month (or longer) Au Pair experience in a major U.S. city
  • Opportunity to live and work in the U.S.A for up to two years
  • A paid Au Pair position in a fully-vetted host family
  • Full pre-departure orientation and training
  • 3-day training programme in New York City, including CPR certification through the American Heart Association (shared hotel room, breakfast and lunch included).
  • Give you the opportunity to assist with the education and childcare of your family’s children
  • Your own private room and full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) accommodation
  • International round-trip flights (Ireland to NYC, depart from designated International Airport)
  • Transportation from orientation to your host family
  • The opportunity to take classes at a U.S. college or University (including stipend from your family)
  • A placement near others on the programme – the chance to make new friends
  • Two weeks of paid vacation time
  • Accident and sickness insurance

ChildcareCareerDot02If you’d like to know more about the responsibilities, rights and role of an Au Pair then check out our Au Pair Information page where you’ll also find details of the easy application procedure.

So what next? Check out what life as an Au Pair is like in America, have a browse of the FAQs and then complete the online form to get your application started!

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Camille


    Réaliser un stage à Cork a été une opportunité extraordinaire pour booster ma future carrière! Le stage répondait à mes attentes de A à Z, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler au sein d’une équipe dynamique, et j’ai énormément appris, aussi bien d’un point de vue professionnel que personnel. De plus, l’Irlande est un pays magnifique, il est impossible de ne pas tomber sous son charme! Si j’ai un conseil à vous donner, c’est de faire confiance à Partnership International pour votre stage à l’étranger!

  • Steph


    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier


    Me ha gustado mucho realizar unas prácticas de 3 meses en Cork. De hecho, voy a quedarme aquí otros 3 meses más (¡la empresa donde hice las prácticas me ha contratado!). La ciudad es muy agradable y todo el mundo es muy atento, amable y con una mente muy abierta. Lo peor, como español, es el tiempo y los precios. Mi inglés ha mejorado mucho y he viajado por esta magnífica isla, así que creo que esta experiencia ha sido perfecta. Tomé una gran decisión al animarme a hacer las prácticas con Partnership International. La bienvenida tanto de Partnership como de la empresa fueron excelentes.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.