J-1 Student Internship Program Requirements
J-1 Student Intern Overview:
The internship cannot serve to fill a labor need. The internship must exist solely to assist the student intern in achieving the objectives of his or her participation in a student internship program. The internship must consist of work-based learning, rather than ordinary employment or unskilled labor. [22 C.F.R. §62.23(i)(7)(i) ].
The student internship program does not have to be in the student's field of study, but it does have to fulfill the educational objectives for his or her current degree program at his or her home institution. All tasks assigned must be necessary for the completion of the student internship program.
The internship tasks in the student internship program may consist of no more than 20 percent clerical work. The internship must expose the participant to "American techniques, methodologies, and technology," expand upon the participant's existing knowledge and skills, and not duplicate the student intern's prior experience.
- The internship must be full-time; i.e., consist of a minimum of 32 hours per week.
- Student interns may participate in a student internship program for up to 12 months for each degree/major. Extensions beyond 12 months are not possible.
More information on the Student Intern Program can be found at the U.S. Department of State Website
Health Insurance Requirement
It is not only unwise to be in the United States without adequate health insurance, it is a violation of J-1 status. Although in many countries the government bears the expense of health care for its citizens, individuals and families in the United States are responsible for these costs themselves. Since a single day of hospitalization and medical treatment can cost thousands of dollars, many hospitals and clinics refuse to treat uninsured patients except in life-threatening emergencies. A good medical insurance plan is the only protection against the enormous costs of health care in the USA. The visitor is required to certify that he/she has the required levels of health, medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for himself/herself and dependents. The U.S. Department of State defines adequate coverage as:
- Coverage of at least $100,000 per accident/illness, with no more than a $500 deductible
- Coverage of at least $25,000 for repatriation of remains in case of death;
- Coverage of at least $50,000 for medical evacuation to the home country.
Maintaining Your J-1 Status
- Be aware of the expiration date of your status. This is not your visa expiration date; it is the ending date in section 3 of your DS-2019 form. If your appointment at the University is extended, the hiring department must contact OIE before the current expiration date of the current form to have the DS-2019 form extended.
- Do not accept unauthorized employment. The only activity you are permitted is the one described in section 4 of the DS-2019 form. You must consult OIE beforehand if you wish to take up any other work during your stay.
- If offered a comparable position at another college or university, discuss your plans with OIE to make sure that the required transfer procedure can be accomplished.
- Comply with the U.S. Department of State health insurance requirements for J-1 visa holders and their families. Willful disregard of these requirements will result in termination of your program and your J-1 status.
- Keep your passport valid. Passports can be renewed by your consulate in the United States. For a listing of Foreign Embassies in the U.S., go to the US State Department Web Sites of Foreign Embassies Homepage.
- Must report within 10 calendar days not only of address changes, but also of changes to the exchange visitor’s telephone number and email address to Office of International Education
- Must report accompanying spouses’ and/or dependents’ departure from the United States prior to the exchange visitors’ departure dates? and without the intention of returning to accompany the J-1 for the remainder of his or her program.
- Request for DS-2019 using the form below.
- The following sections of Form DS-7002 below has to be filled by the department.
- Site of Activity section on page 1
- Training Internship placement plan on page 2
Upon arrival to Arlington
- The Exchange Visitor Program Welcome Brochure
- Wilberforce Pamphlet (Rights and Protections for Temporary Workers)
The U.S. Department of State has developed the following welcome brochure to introduce you to the Exchange Visitor Program:
If you will be working in the United States during your exchange visitor program, please take time to read the pamphlet for temporary workers:
- Exchange visitor information form
- Memorandum for DS-2019
- Form DS-7002
- Training/Internship Placement Plan Agreement
- Verification of current student status / enrollment at home institution
- Verification of English language ability (through a sponsor-conducted interview, by a recognized English language test, or by signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school).
- Verification of sufficient finances to support self and dependents if applicable for the entire stay in the United States
* J-1 Scholars->USD 1253/month
* J-2 Spouse -> USD 417/month
* J-2 Child -> USD 417/month
Contact for J-1 Internships
For specific questions and concerns, please contact Satu Birch , Director of International Student & Scholar Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (817) 272-2355.