J-1 Student Intern

As a J-1 student intern, you are in the United States as part of the BridgeUSA program.

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Led by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the private sector and academia, BridgeUSA brings together the next generation of current and emerging young leaders through unmatched cultural and professional exchange programs. 

With 13 different categories to explore, participants can select a program focused on education, research, or professional development. Throughout their exchange, participants will hone existing skills and develop new ones, unlocking new personal and professional opportunities. 

Find out what requirements you must meet as a J-1 Student Intern.

  • 5/9/19
    Students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the U.S. and whose U.S. internship will fulfill the educational objectives for their current degree program may participate in the J-1 Student Intern program as long as they meet certain requirements.
  • 10/13/20
    To invite a J-1 Student Intern, please review the following information. 
  • 10/21/19
    Learn what J-1 Student Interns need to know about paying the SEVIS fee.
  • 10/21/19
    All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents are required by the U.S. Department of State to have health insurance for the entire period of their stay in the U.S.
  • 10/13/20
    Every Student Intern must meet with an International Student Advisor to complete the check-in process, which includes an overview of immigration requirements.
  • 3/29/19
    The intent of the Exchange Visitor Program is for the home country to benefit from the J-1 Exchange Visitor’s experiences in the U.S. Accordingly, J-1 Exchange Visitors and their accompanying J-2 dependents may be subject to a two-year home residency requirement.
  • 11/20/20
    It is a requirement of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program that evaluations must be conducted for each student intern. All programs must do a concluding evaluation and programs lasting longer than six months must do a midpoint and concluding evaluation.
  • 2/27/20
    If you will not complete your internship by the expected date, you must apply for an extension. This must be done before your current DS-2019 expires.
  • 1/25/19
    Get the forms for J-1 Student Intern transfers.
  • 4/30/21
    J-2 dependents are eligible to work in the U.S. as long as they meet certain conditions first.


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