The J-1 Student Intern is a foreign national enrolled in and pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary academic institution outside the United States. Internship programs are offered to graduate students involved in pre-doctoral research and undergraduate students who have a degree requirement for practical field experience. Internship programs provide unique opportunities for interns to gain practical experience on the process of conducting research in their academic field.
Length of Program: The minimum length of an intern program is three weeks; the maximum length is 12 months. The internship program must be full-time with a minimum of 32 hours a week. International visitors are eligible for the J-1 intern category if he/she meets the following criteria:
The degree information must be verified by one of the following:
English Language: English language proficiency can be verified by one of the following:
Area of Study: The program must be related to the intern’s degree program.
Site of Activity – Physical Location of Internship: Site of Activity is expected to be at the location of the sponsor and/or at another location where a contract exists between the sponsoring institution and the alternate site activity.
Financial Support: The prospective student intern must be able to show financial support in the amount of $1,200.00 per month. Personal finances can be shown with a bank letter that is signed by a bank official on bank stationery or with a recent bank statement, or use the Office of International Students & Scholars Certificate of Financial Certification.
Repeat Participation: An intern may participate in additional internship programs as long as he/she maintains student status or begins a new internship program within 12 months of graduation.
Class/Degree Enrollment: Interns may not enroll in classes. If they gain admission to a degree program while at a US institution during the period of Internship, they will be expected to change to the sub-category J-1 degree student (undergraduate or graduate); or change to another appropriate visa type.If a Student/Intern desires to join a degree program in the United States, it is recommended that they exit the US before commencing their studies, obtain a new visa, and reenter under the new visa category and/or subcategory. Student/Interns should be made aware that the internship opportunity is not a portal to education or employment.
Student/Interns who have been made subject to the 2 year home country residency (or 212(E) rule) will not be approved for a category change until they have obtained a waiver of the 212(E).
Support Documents Needed for Preparation of Immigration Document: DS-2019 and DS-7002
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE J-1 VISA
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University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881
International Student Orientation
All New F-1 and J-1 International Students
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Place: International Center
**IMPORTANT OPT INFO.**
Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)
FALL 2014 OPT workshop schedule: Available