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J-1 Student Intern

J-1 Student Intern category

The J-1 Student Intern category is not to be confused with J-1 students who are enrolled in a degree program at ASU. The J-1 Student Intern refers only to a student currently in a degree program abroad who visits ASU to engage in a research-based internship that is integral to the curriculum of the home-school degree program to which the intern will return. The J-1 Student Intern category is typically used when the student will not yet have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree by the start of the internship.


  • Be enrolled and in good academic standing in an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside the United States and resume studies at the home institution upon completion of the internship.
  • Be coming to engage in a structured research‐based program at Arizona State University that will fulfill the educational objectives for the current degree program abroad.
  •  Have verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day‐to‐day basis in the program (verified by your department per the J-1 Scholar English Proficiency Attestation Form and J-1 Scholar English Proficiency Interview Form).
  • Intend to return to his or her academic studies following completion of the internship in order to fulfill the home country degree requirements.
  • Have sufficient funding for the visit to cover living expenses ($2,000/month) and be able to provide proof of health insurance that will be valid for the duration of the stay in the U.S. 

Internship Requirements

  • Provide a structured work‐based program that will reinforce the student’s academic study upon return to the home institution.
  • Be full‐time (minimum of 32 hours/week), and involve not more than 20% clerical work.
  • Must not displace U.S. workers. 

Application Overview

Apply to the ISSC to obtain a DS-2019. We will issue the DS-2019 within 7-10 working days of a complete application.

  • Submit the application 2-6 months before the start date. This allows time for the student intern to apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate.
  • J-1 Student Intern stay is normally limited to a year.

Sponsoring a J-1 Student Intern 

Your department should submit a draft of the Training/Internship Placement Plan to the ISSC for initial review. Once complete, send the form to for review. We will notify the department whether to move forward. Please consult with our office if you have a prospective scholar who may be in this category.


Submit your DS-7002 form and DS-2019 Student Intern application packet. Be sure to include these supporting documents:


Submit the original DS-7002 with a supervisor's original signature. Deliver to Discovery Hall, Suite 172.

Within 7-10 working days of receiving a completed application, you will receive an email confirming the student's DS-2019 package is ready for pick up. We will also include a copy of the student's DS-2019 for your records.

Funding Documentation

Funding documentation showing ability to cover current estimates of monthly living expenses.

How to show documentation of funds:

  • an official dated bank statement must be provided
  • all accounts must be easily accessible and liquid assets
  • all documents must be in English (otherwise, an official English translation must accompany the original)
  • all supporting documentation must be dated within the last six months
  • letters of sponsorship must include exact amount of support and dates of sponsorship

Estimates of monthly living expenses:

  • $2,500/month for the J-1
  • $1000/month for J-2 spouse and each dependent

Extending a J-1 Student Intern

The maximum duration for J-1 Student Intern is 12 months. Funding for additional time is $1,400/month. 

Submit a new DS-7002 application and supporting documents to the ISSC via email.

Supporting documents include:

  • Statement from home school verifying the extension of internship is approved
  • Funding documentation
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage

Within 7-10 working days of receiving a completed application, we will contact the student via e-mail when the student's DS-7002 package is ready for pick up. We will also send you a copy of the student's DS-7002 via campus mail.

Reporting Requirements

The hosting faculty supervisor must complete an Intern Evaluation form at the end of Student Intern's stay.

  • All internships require a final evaluation
  • Internships lasting longer than six months also require at least one additional evaluation at the midpoint of the program
  • A copy of each evaluation must be sent to our office