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Hosting a J1 Student Intern

J-1 internship programs are designed to allow college and university students to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive hands-on experience in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field. The J-1 Student intern category is designed to:

  • Fulfill the educational objectives for the students in their current degree program at their home institution abroad.

  • Provide an opportunity for eligible international students to pursue a structured and guided internship program in their specific academic field, rather than to engage in employment or provide services to an employer.

  • Increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges, as stated by the US Department of State (DOS).

  • The J-1 Student Intern category is not the same as J-1 Student or J-1 Scholar categories. Please contact OISS to ensure that your student and program are eligible for the J-1 Student Intern Category.

    IMPORTANT: J-1 Student Interns cannot work in unskilled or casual labor positions, in positions that require or involve childcare or elder care or in any kind of position that involves medical patient care or contact. Nor can interns work in positions that require more than 20 percent clerical or office support work.

    Please review the detailed information below regarding eligibility requirements and internship requirements. Do not hesitate to contact OISS at with any questions.