J-1 Student Interns

J-1 Student Interns - An Overview

The purpose of this U.S. Department of State (DOS) program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. UAF is an official J-1 sponsoring agency, designated by the Department of State. As such, we can issue J-1 documents for various Exchange Visitor categories. One of these categories is J-1 Student Intern. This program is designed primarily for students who are currently enrolled in a degree program outside the U.S. and wish to participate in an internship opportunity in the U.S. related to their degree program. Student interns must be sponsored by a UAF unit and supervised by a UAF faculty member or research staff.

Under Exchange Visitor Program regulations, the program Responsible Officer may be required to inspect any off campus student intern program location.  The hosting unit will be responsible for all transportation costs for the Responsible Officer and the prospective student intern.

J-1 Student Intern Requirements Overview

Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IIP or Form DS-7002)

Student's Academic Program Abroad

English Language Skill Requirements

Education Requirements

Evidence of Finances

Exchange Component



On Campus Privileges


J-1 Student Intern Application Process

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Application Process Overview

Sponsoring Faculty Requirements Process Description




All J-1 Student Interns must attend a mandatory orientation meeting at the Office of International Programs and Initiatives, Room 215, Eielson Building shortly after arriving Fairbanks. The date and time of the orientation meeting will be scheduled based on the anticipated arrival in Fairbanks and communicated through the hosting department and/or International Programs.

Things students need to bring/provide all of the following documents:

  • Immigration documents; passport with visa, DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility;
  • DS-7002 Intern Placement Plan (with all original signatures);
  • Evidence of insurance meeting at least the minimum U.S. Department of State requirements;
  • Residence and mailing addresses while in the U.S.

Check in and orientations are required for all student interns.

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