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Office of International Services

J-1 Student Intern Program

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is a federal program administered by the Department of State which implements the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. This Act promotes mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides eligible foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences.

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is organized into a number of different categories. You can find a breakdown of the categories NC State is licensed to host, their use, the eligibility requirements, and the application process on our J-1 category overview page. The OIS manages the license to host J-1 exchange visitors and as a result the OIS advisors can issue visa certificates (Form DS-2019) for the applicants, which they will need to obtain their visa in their home country. The OIS advisors are trained officers who can help you understand applicable federal, state and university regulations and policies.

In this section, we will give you an overview of the J-1 Student Intern category, including the eligibility requirements and the application process. In the menu on the left hand side of this page, you will find one section dedicated to students and faculty needing information regarding on-campus internships and a second section for students and companies pursuing an off-campus internship.