J-1 Student-Intern Program
What is J Student Intern?
The Student Intern subcategory is available only to foreign students currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States, whose U.S. internship will "fulfill the educational objectives for his or her current degree program at his or her home institution." Student interns may participate in a student internship program for up to 12 months for each foreign degree/major.
How to apply
The student will apply to the MIO by submitting:
- "J-1 Student Intern DS-2019 Request Form" Part I
- DS-7002 form top part of page one
- MIO student internship program fee
- Verify the student's English language ability
- Match the host organization and complete the part II of "J-1 Student Intern DS-2019 Request Form"
- Complete Form DS-7002
- Will issue DS-2019
- Provide instruction packets and visa application information
- MIO will send the DS-2019, copy of DS-7002 and the packet to the student
- The student will schedule a visa interview with US Embassy of Comsulate to apply for an J-1 Visa
What are the Basic Eligibility Requirements for the prospective Intern?
To be eligible to participate as a J Student Intern, a participant must meet these conditions:
- 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 his or her 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 "primarily in the United States 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.
- The student must return to his or her academic program outside the United States "and fulfill and obtain a degree from such academic institution after completion of the student internship program."
- Have "sufficient finances to support himself or herself and dependants for their entire stay in the United States, including housing and living expenses."
What are the requirements for the internship activity?
The internship activity secured for the participant must conform to these requirements and prohibitions:
- Student interns may participate in a student internship program for "up to 12 months for each degree/major."
- Internships must be full-time; i.e., consist of a minimum of 32 hours per week.
- Consist of no more than 20 percent clerical work.
- All tasks assigned must be "necessary for the completion of the student internship program."
- Not displace "American workers" (including full or part-time, temporary or permanent).
- Not "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."
- If in the field of agriculture, meet all requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.
- 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 the following:
- Unskilled or casual labor
- Child care or elder care
"Clinical positions or engaging in any other kind of work that involves patient care or contact, including any work that would require student interns to medication, or other clinical or medical care (e.g., sports or physical therapy, psychological counseling, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, social work, speech therapy, or early childhood education)"
Any "position, occupation, or business that could bring the Exchange Visitor Program or the Department into notoriety or disrepute."
- Not involve in any way a "staffing/employment agency."
- A student may participate in an internship with or without wages or other compensation. To be employed, however, the student needs the "approval of the exchange program's responsible officer and the student's home institution's dean or academic advisor."
- The internship 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."
- Form DS-7002: https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds7002.pdf
- DS-2019 Request Application Download: DS-2019 Request Form for Student [Click Here]
- USDS J-1 Visa Tutorial: J-1_Visa_USDS_Tutorial.pdf
- Midwest University J-1 Visa Brochure: MU_J-Visa_Brochure.pdf
- Midwest University J-1 Visa Handbook: J-1_Handbook(MU).pdf