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Jobs for International Students

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Food and Beverage Host

Food and Beverage Hosts are responsible for taking proper payment and making change for food items using a cash register. Food and Beverage Hosts will take and complete food and beverage orders and notify kitchen personnel of shortages or special orders. Food and Beverage Hosts are also responsible for using soda fountains to serve cold drinks and to make milkshakes and frozen desserts. Food and Beverage Hosts will also be asked to cook and prepare food items to food safety standards.

Sales Associate - Games

Sales Associates in Games are responsible for overseeing the operation of the games of skill located throughout the park. Some responsibilities include communicating price and rules to play the games, overseeing game play between guests / players, neatly display game prizes, and conduct inventory on game prizes. Sales associates will determine winners and distribute prizes to the appropriate winners. Sales associates should be comfortable speaking and be outgoing in order to attract guests to their games. This will be done by using a microphone, speaking with enthusiasm and a high level of energy.


All Lifeguards are responsible for testing equipment before opening attractions and for maintaining the order of guests waiting in line. Lifeguards are responsible for checking and enforcing all ride restrictions and recommendations, observing and assisting with loading, unloading and communicating safety regulations. Lifeguards monitor and ensure the safety of guests and enforce waterpark and lifeguard rules.

Sales Associate - Merchandise

Sales associate in Merchandise are responsible for providing friendly guests interactions who enter the retail stores. Sales associates provide assistance as needed and demonstrate and sell merchandise to guests. Sales associates display merchandise and offer recommendations to guests on potential purchases. Sales associates will also be responsible for operating a cash register, giving correct change, monitoring the sales floor, and stocking shelves.

Ride Operator

Operators are responsible for enforcing ride restrictions and recommendations. Operators must enthusiastically deliver ride spiels and record ride capacity and cycles hourly. All rides associates must measure children before riding to ensure they are the proper height to ride. Operators will assist with loading and unloading the ride, verify safety restraints are properly secured, and check the safety of equipment that is used daily. 

Admissions Host

Admissions host will be responsible for ensuring that all guests get through all admission gates by enforcing park policies in a safe and professional manner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is housing available?

All participants will be provided with housing off-site at the Clarion Hotel. Each participant will be roomed with one other participant in the room. The hotel is located 0.5 miles from Carowinds.

Transportation to and from the hotel is provided free of charge to all ACTIVE associates. During your stay at The Clarion you will have access to many of their amenities they offer.

  • FREE Wifi
  • Outdoor pool                                                                                                           
  • Volleyball Court                                                                          
  • Fitness Room
  • Housekeeping (Twice a week)

IMPORTANT: All WAT participants on the program with Carowinds must follow all polices and rules while residing on hotel property.


Clarion Hotel at Carowinds
3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill, SC, 29708, US
Phone: (803) 548-2400 Fax: (803) 548-2401

Housing Deposit: $100.00 USD paid upon processing
Weekly Rent: $60.00 USD paid bi-weekly and deducted from the associates paycheck.

Will I need a Social Security Number

All international associates are required by law to apply for a Social Security card ten days after arriving at Carowinds. Carowinds' International Department will assist all international associates with obtaining their personal SSA card and number. 

All rehires to the program will be required to bring their Social Security card upon processing in. if you have lost or misplaced your card you will be required to obtain it either from the US embassy in your home country or one of the local SSA offices in Charlotte, North Carolina.

What documentation is required?

All J-1 WAT participants hired by Carowinds for the 2016 season must provide legal documentation providing they are permitted to work by the Department of Homeland Security (DS-2019). This documentation is given to each participant from their sponsoring agency. Each participant MUST have a valid passport with a J-1 Visa inside. I-94 registration is done during processing at Carowinds Employment Office and each participant will receive a copy for their records. 

Please be prepared to present all required documents when you check-in for work. (Failure to produce these documents will result in delay or cancellation of your employment offer.) 

What are the benefits included with these positions?

As an employee at Carowinds you will have the opportunity to interact with staff from across the USA and from around the world, enjoy sightseeing trips and take at vantage of numerous associate exclusive benefits. participate in many free events just for our staff. Some of these benefits include: 

  • Associates exclusive trips!
  • Weekly shopping trips 
  • Free access to the park 
  • 4 free tickets for family and friends
  • Associate exclusive events such as ride night. Ride night takes place after the park closes, all associates will have a night of fun in the park riding rides and enjoy refreshments
  • Big Bash - an associate-exclusive end of summer event that is held to show appreciation to all associates for their hard work throughout the season. Come enjoy music, dancing, rides, contests, food and lots of fun!!
  • Discounts on food items and merchandise
  • Movie nights
  • Free access and tickets to the other Cedar Fair theme parks around the United States.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions please contact the following:

Carowinds International Department
14523 Carowinds Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273
P: 704.587.9020
F: 704.587.9101

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
300 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101 USA
CIEE Business Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Standard Eastern Time 
Phone: +1 (207)-553-4000
Fax: +1 (207)-553-4299