Student Intern Category

The Student Intern category within the Exchange Visitor program allows international students to gain related career experience and contribute valuable knowledge and skills to Oregon State University. Participants can immerse themselves in American life, culture, and society and share their own values and viewpoints. While pursuing their professional goals and forging new networks, this program is a launch pad for career advancement and a gateway to cross cultural understanding.

What Internship Positions are Eligible?

The internship position must:

  • Be associated with a department at Oregon State University
  • Engage the student for 32 or more hours per week
  • Consist of no more than 20% clerical work
  • Exposes the student to American techniques, methodologies, and expertise
  • Expand upon the student's existing knowledge and skills
  • Not duplicate prior experience or training
  • Fulfill educational objectives of the student's current degree program at their home institution
  • The position may or may not include wages or other compensation (e.g. stipend, room and board, stipend, etc.)

Who is Eligible?

Students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a post-secondary academic institution outside the US

  • Be in good academic standing

  • Return to their home institution and fulfill or obtain a degree after the internship program

  • Verify that their English language skills are sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the internship environment

Length of the Status

The maximum program length of this category is 12-months, or until the student's degree is awarded, whichever is soonest.

Other Considerations

Under the Student Intern category of the Exchange Visitor program, participants are limited to one internship per degree level.

Student participants are eligible, but not required, to enroll as a non-degree student to take up to 8-undergraduate credits or 6-graduate credits related to his/her academic field. Tuition is charged as a non-resident student.