J-1 Student Intern

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

  • Student Intern Category Overview
    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.
  • Inviting a Student Intern
    To invite a J-1 Student Intern, please review the following information. 
  • SEVIS I-901 Fee
    Learn what J-1 Student Interns need to know about paying the SEVIS fee.
  • Health Insurance Requirement
    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.
  • Orientation
    Every Student Intern must meet with an International Student Advisor within 30 days of arrival to complete the check-in process, which includes an overview of immigration requirements.
  • Two-Year Home Residency Requirement
    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.
  • Evaluation Requirements
    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.
  • Extension of Stay
    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.
  • Program Transfers
    Get the forms for J-1 Student Intern transfers.
  • J-2 Employment Authorization
    J-2 dependents are eligible to work in the U.S. as long as they meet certain conditions first.
  • Resources for Exchange Visitors
    As a J-1 exchange visitor, you are in the United States as part of the BridgeUSA program.


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