J-1 Student Interns / Form DS-2019

Participation in the Student Intern subcategory is available only to foreign students currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States, and whose U.S. internship will "fulfill the educational objectives for his or her current degree program at his or her home institution." 

Student interns:

  • May participate in an internship program for a maximum of 12 months per academic level;
  • May not extend the internship past one year as determined by the US Department of State;
  • Are ineligible for a Social Security Number unless s/he will be paid by Temple University;
  • Are required to return to home institution upon completion of the internship program;
  • Are ineligible to return to the US as a J-1 Research Scholar or Professor for one year from the J Student Intern Program completion date of the internship.

The Intern program is a structured work-based learning program that:

  • Reinforces an intern's academic study
  • Exposes the intern to American techniques, methodologies, and expertise and expands their knowledge and skills
  • Enhances the intern's knowledge of American culture and society
  • Will not place a student intern in any position that involves the following [22 C.F.R. § 62.23(i)(8)(i)]:
    • Unskilled or casual labor
    • Child care or elder care
    • Aviation
    • Clinical positions or engaging in any other kind of work that involves patient care or contact, including any work that would require student interns to provide therapy, medication, or other clinical or medical care (e.g., sports or physical therapy, psychological counseling, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, social work, speech therapy, or early childhood education)
    • Cannot involve any "position, occupation, or business that could bring the Exchange Visitor Program or the Department into notoriety or disrepute." [22 C.F.R. § 62.23(i)(8)(ii)]

A checklist of required application documents can be found here. Students pursuing a bachelors program will go directly through the ISSS Office. Students pursuing a graduate level degree will need to be approved through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Note that completed applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the desired start date.

Departments may contact Sarah Froberg (sarah.froberg@temple.edu) with any questions when inviting student interns.