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J-1 Student Intern

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.

Eligibility

  • 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 ($1,400/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 InternationalScholars@asu.edu for review. We will notify the department whether to move forward. Please consult with our office if you have a perspective 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 studnet'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:

  • $1,400/month for the J-1
  • $350/month for J-2 spouse
  • $350/month per J-2 child over 13/ $200/month per J-2 child under 13

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