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


  • 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
  • The internship tasks may consist of no more than 20 percent clerical work
  • Fulfills educational objectives of the student intern's current degree-seeking program at his/her home institution
  • Does not exceed 12 months in duration
  • A student may participate in an internship with or without wages or other compensation

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 the student intern evaluation form (pdf) to OIS 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 OIS. After check in OIS 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 OIS' receipt of the completed application and your exchange visitor's program start date.   While OIS 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 OIS and the J-1 visa category has been approved for your prospective international visitor. Documents for Student Intern applications are accepted through IP Connect, our online data management system.