The J-1 Student Intern category is available to foreign students currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States, who want to undertake an internship in the United States in order to fulfill the educational objectives of their current degree programs at their home institutions. Internships must be full-time (at least 32 hours per week) and may not be more than 12 consecutive months in duration.

The UO sponsors foreign students for internships provided they meet all eligibility criteria listed below. Prospective student interns are responsible for contacting UO faculty member to establish internship opportunities. Host faculty are responsible for providing learning opportunities, supervision, and guidance to students sponsored for internships in their departments. Host departments are also responsible for completing any UO administrative procedures for UO ID cards, e-mail accounts, and other access as needed for their interns. Student interns are responsible for all arrangements for travel, housing, insurance, and other living expenses, unless otherwise provided for by their host department.

The purpose of the J-1 Student Intern program is to promote international exchange. Internships must be structured as meaningful work-based learning opportunities for student interns' academic and professional development by exposing interns to American techniques, methodologies, and technology. Student interns must be committed to returning to their degree programs in their home countries upon completion of the internship.

Intern eligibility:

  • Be currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree at an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside the United States
  • The U.S. internship must fulfill the educational objectives for the intern’s current degree program at his or her home institution.
  • Have verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the internship environment.
  • Be in the United States primarily to engage in a student internship program rather than to engage in employment or provide services to an employer.
  • Be accepted into a student internship program at the postsecondary accredited academic institution listed on his or her Form DS-2019.
  • Be in good academic standing at his or her home institution outside the United States.
  • Return to his or her academic program outside the United States and fulfill their education requirements for that institution after completion of the student internship program.
  • Have sufficient finances to support himself or herself and dependents for their entire stay in the United States, including housing and living expenses.
  • Have proof of insurance for the duration of their program in the United States.

Department requirements:

  • Accept the student into its student internship program.
  • Verify the student's English language ability through a sponsor-conducted interview.
  • Complete the Training Plan (T/IPP) with the assistance of an adviser at International Student and Scholar Services.
  • Conduct an evaluation for each Student Intern. All programs must do a concluding evaluation, and programs lasting more than six months must do a midpoint and concluding evaluation.
  • Ensure the student intern has sufficient finances to support self and dependents for the entire stay in the United States.
  • Not involve in any way a "staffing/employment agency."

Internship requirements:

  • Be full-time (at least 32 hours per week).
  • Consist of no more than 20% clerical work
  • Fulfill the educational objectives for the intern’s degree program at his or her home institution.
  • All tasks assigned must be necessary for the completion of the student internship program.
  • A paid internship requires special approval from the intern’s dean or department head at his or her home institution.
  • 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.
  • Not place a student intern in any position that involves unskilled or casual labor, child care or elder care, aviation, or any other kind of work that involves patient care or contact.
  • The internship cannot serve to fill a labor need.
  • Exist solely to assist the student intern in achieving the objectives of his or her participation in a student internship program
  • Consist of work-based learning, rather than ordinary employment or unskilled labor.
  • Not involve a staffing/employment agency in any way.
  • Not displace "American workers" (including full or part-time, temporary or permanent).

Steps for departments:

  1. Department verifies prospective intern’s eligibility, including conducting a telephone interview with the intern to determine English Language Proficiency.
  2. Department fills out the “Student Intern DS-2019 Request Form” and submits it with supplemental documents to International Affairs.
Student Intern Application Packet:
  1. ISSS reviews the Training Plan and returns to the department. Department obtains intern's signature on the Training Plan and returns to ISSS.
  2. ISSS issues a DS-2019 Form (immigration document), signs the “sponsor” portion of the Training Plan, and returns these forms to the department in a visa documents packet.
  3. Department sends the visa documents packet to the intern.
  4. Intern signs the Training Plan, pays the SEVIS fee, and applies for a J-1 visa to enter the U.S.
  5. Intern completes a mandatory check-in with International Affairs within 30 days of their DS-2019 program start date.
  6. Department conducts mandatory evaluations of the intern. If the program is more than 6 months long: one midpoint and one concluding evaluation. If the program is less than 6 months long: one concluding evaluation.
  7. Department returns intern evaluation forms to ISSS.

*We strongly recommend departments begin the process at least 3 months before the intern’s intended arrival at the UO.


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