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 at IPI, Room 215, Eielson Building, after arriving in Fairbanks. The date and time of the orientation will be scheduled through the hosting unit based on the anticipated arrival in Fairbanks.

Things student interns need to bring/provide:

  • Immigration documents; passport with visa, DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility;
  • Form DS-7002 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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