The University of Oregon's J-1 Student Intern Program is available to foreign students, currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary 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. The program, which operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, was created by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. It was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges, and to foster the mutual exchange of knowledge, culture and ideas.
The Office of International Affairs works collaboratively with UO departments to sponsor foreign student interns in structured and guided work-based internships, set forth in an individualized training plan. Internships can range froma minimum of 3 weeks to a maximum of 12 months. Internships can be paid or unpaid but must engage the foreign student intern full-time, or at least 32 hours per week.
Off-campus internships are allowed but require a third party agreement between the University of Oregon and the off-campus employer. UO Purchasing and Contracts has experience with third party agreements for the J-1 Student Intern Program and can work with the UO department to develop a third party agreement with advance notice.
- Be currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree at an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside the United States
- The 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 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 the education requirements for that institution after completion of the student internship program.
- Have sufficient finances to support himself or herself 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.
- 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.
- Assess the student's English language ability is sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis.
- Complete a detailed the training plan including an offer of internship.
- 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.
- Not involve in any way a "staffing/employment agency."
- 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 student 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).
Application Process To Request Sponsorship of a J-1 Student Intern:
- Foreign student intern establishes contact and reaches an agreement with the UO department/faculty on an internship offer and UO funding (if applicable)
- UO department screens potential student intern for program eligibility and conducts interview with student intern to determine English language proficiency.
- UO department submits application documents and internship training plan to the SEVIS Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs. (Download Application Packet/Checklist and supporting documents below.)
- The SEVIS Coordinator reviews the application documents and internship training plan, and if approved, issues a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility and a DS-7002 Internship/Training Plan in the student intern's name.
- The SEVIS Coordinate mails welcome letter, DS-2019 and DS-7002 to the UO department for signature and mailing to the student intern.
- The student intern signs the DS-2019 and DS-7002 and applies for J-1 visa at the nearest US embassy or consulate.
- Upon arrival in Eugene, the student intern has a mandaotry check-in with the UO department and the SEVIS Coordinator within 10 days of arrival.
For Off-Site/Third Party Internships:
*We strongly recommend departments begin the process at least 3 months before the intern’s intended arrival at the UO.