J-1 Student Intern Program

The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Program is to provide exchange visitors with "opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries." CFR § 62.1 (b)

The J-1 Student Intern Program is a category within the Exchange Visitor program for students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree post-secondary academic institution outside the United States who plans to conduct an internship at Oregon State University.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Student Intern

    • Has verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the internship environment
    • Is currently enrolled in a post-secondary academic institution outside the US and in good academic standing
    • Will return to his/her home institution and fulfill and obtain a degree after completion of the internship program at OSU
    • Can show evidence of sufficient financial resources to support him/herself for duration of internship
    • Will comply with the insurance requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of State, and will purchase the necessary insurance before arrival in the United States


    • Exposes participants to American techniques, methodologies, and expertise and expands upon the participant's existing knowledge and skills
    • Does not duplicate the participant's prior experience or training received elsewhere
    • Is at least 32 hours per week
    • Fulfills educational objectives of the student intern's current degree-seeking program at his/her home institution
    • Does not exceed 12 months in duration
    • If paid, the student intern is responsible for securing permission from his/her academic advisor or dean at home institution

    Sponsoring department

    • Verifies the student intern's English language proficiency through a telephone interview. Information and Resources.
    • The primary objective of the visit to OSU is to engage in a full-time internship of at least 32 hours per week
    • Provides student intern with opportunities for cross-cultural exchange
    • Evaluates student intern and submits written evaluation forms to ISFS on schedule

    Other considerations

    • If the student intern wishes to take a class at OSU, s/he is limited to a maximum of 6 graduate credits or 8 undergraduate credits that are related to his/her academic field.  The intern will be responsible for enrolling as a non-degree seeking student.
    • Student Interns are eligible for an OSU ID card after they complete the mandatory check-in with ISFS. After check in ISFS contacts the ID Center and confirms the student intern's eligibility for Associate status, which extends access to campus privileges (e.g. the library) and an ONID account.
    • In some cases, interns may be paid as non-system students or on a stipend, sponsoring professors should work closely with their Business Center or OHR representative to determine the best method for the particular student intern's needs.
    • Some foreign institutions require their students to complete a contract outlining the internship program. More information on the contract approval procedures.


    Please allow 8 weeks between ISFS's receipt of the completed application and your exchange visitor's program start date.   While ISFS takes only 10 business days to issue the DS-2019s, exchange visitors need time to schedule their visa interviews and for the U.S. Consulate abroad to issue the visa stamp.

    J-1 Application Procedures

    Complete applications only if you have contacted an International Scholar Advisor in ISFS and the J-1 visa category has been approved for your prospective international visitor. Documents for Student Intern applications will soon be accepted through IP Connect, our new online data management system. Until then, please still use the PDF application below to apply.