The J-1 Student Intern category is available only to foreign students currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States. The US internship must fulfill the educational objectives for the student’s current degree program abroad.

J-1 Student Interns can be paid or unpaid. They just cannot work in unskilled or casual labor positions, in positions that require or involve childcare or elder care, or in any kind of position that involves medical patient care or contact. Student Interns also cannot work in positions that require more than 20 percent clerical or office support work.

Documents Needed:

  • International Exchange Visitor Staff Appointment packet with applicable documents listed.
  • Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002). Complete all sections as much as possible and email the document in PDF format for ISSS review. No signatures are required at this stage.
  • A copy of an official appointment letter stating the internship start and end dates, a description of the duties to be performed, and the experience to be gained.
  • Visual Compliance Letter (STEM departments only). This will help lessen (but not entirely eliminate) the chance of J-1 Student Interns being selected for administrative processing.

Email all materials and supplemental documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..