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Office of International Services

International Student Intern Program: Off-Campus Internships

The International Off-Campus Student Internship program at NC State University facilitates temporary, full-time internship opportunities for international students who are currently studying at one of our overseas partner universities.This is a terrific opportunity for overseas students to experience US culture and enhance their academic program at their home institution. NC State University also offers an on-campus internship program to engage in research with an NC State faculty member. Please visit the On-Campus Internship program page for more information. For current international students in degree programs at NC State, please refer to the Student Employment section of our website.

Quick facts regarding the off-campus internship:

  • The duration of the internship can be between 2 and 12 months.
  • The internship can start anytime during the year (begin and end dates coincide with our academic calendar).
  • The internship can be paid or unpaid.
  • The student is responsible for finding their internship (NC State does not offer placement services for students looking for internships in the US).
  • There is an easy online application process and a one time application fee of $500.

Eligibility Requirements:      

  • The student must be enrolled at one of NC State’s partner universities outside of the United States (as evidenced by an active Student Exchange Agreement or valid MOU). The student must have at least 1 academic semester remaining for their degree program after completion of the internship.
  • The internship must be an integral part of the student’s academic program and must be recommended by the student’s academic advisor. (Thus, the student must be in good academic standing)
  • If the student’s native language is not English, they must show proof of their English language ability.
  • The student must have sufficient funds to support himself or herself for the entire duration of their stay in the U.S. The source of this funding may be personal, family, or third party funds (e.g. scholarship or stipend from the US company). The minimum amount of $1,250 per month (plus additional $600 per month for spouse and $333 per month for each child) must be demonstrated to document the estimated living expenses.
  • The student must have health insurance which meets the federal requirements set for the J-1 program for the entire duration of their program.
  • The company hosting the student must have (or establish) a third-party agreement with NC State University. Only one third-party agreement with the University is necessary regardless of how many student interns the company may host.

Application Process:

Documents to be prepared by the student (further explained within the application system after the student begins the process):

  • The J-1 Student Intern application.
  • Copy of the biographical page of the passport.
  • Proof of English ability.
  • Proof of financial support.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • School transcript in English.
  • DS-7002 – Training/Internship Placement Plan. This form is available online and is to be prepared jointly with the supervisor of the internship. The completed DS-7002 contains information regarding the details of the internship and must be uploaded into the online application center after both the student intern and the NC State faculty supervisor have signed it.
  • Recommendation from academic advisor at home institution.
  • Student Intern Supplemental Questionnaire and Certification

Pay the Student Intern application fee. Further instructions will be given during the online application process.

Documents to be prepared by the company (internship supervisor):

  • DS-7002 – Training/Internship Placement Plan. This form is prepared jointly with the student.
  • Company Supplemental Form.
  • Offer letter (indicating title, duties, dates, stipend if any, and other arrangements and expectations).
  • Third-party agreement needs to be on record with NC State University.

All documents should be submitted via the International Application Center at least 45 days prior to the start of the internship.


All student interns are required to check in with OIS and participate in a brief orientation upon arrival in the U.S. To schedule a check-in appointment, please call 919-515-2961. If the student intern reports directly to the company site oustide of North Carolina without checking in with OIS in Raleigh, a virtual check-in and orientation can be arranged through skype or video conferencing, but the student intern may not begin work until the check-in has taken place and OIS has registered the student intern's record in the Department of Homeland Security's database system (SEVIS).


Notes for the company supervisor:

The federal immigration regulations require that the Program Sponsor (OIS) conduct a site visit for any company placement of a student intern if the company has fewer than 25 employees or less than 3 million dollars in annual revenues. Statutory exceptions to this requirement are academic institutions or government agencies - and companies that have successfully participated in our program before. To keep our overhead costs low (and costs to the student), we ask companies outside central North Carolina and that are required to have a site visit to provide for one round trip ticket (and local transportation) for one OIS staff member to conduct a personal site visit (usually about 2 hours midday sometime within the first week or two of the internship).
Student interns must engage in a final evaluation with their company supervisor (this should incorporate both the learning outcomes and assessment tools as described in the Form DS-7002 as well as any company assessment processes  at the end of their internship period. This evaluation must be uploaded to the International Application Center to complete the internship program. Student interns or companies that do not submit a copy of the final evaluation jeopardize their school or company involvement in future placements.

For additional background information about the J-1 Student Intern Program, please visit here: