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Office of International Services

International Student Intern Program: On-Campus Internships

The International Student Intern program at NC State University facilitates temporary, full-time internship opportunities for international students who are invited to do an academic internship or research opportunity on campus under the supervision of an NC State faculty member. 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 off-campus internship program for current students studying at one of our partner universities (current Exchange Agreement or MOU must be on file). Please visit the Off-Campus Internship 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 on-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 an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside of the United States. The student must have at least 1 academic semester remaining for their degree program after completion of the internship (no post-program or end of program internships).
  • 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 faculty member). 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.

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.
  • Recommendation from host (NC State) internship supervisor (NC State Faculty).

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

Documents to be prepared by NC State faculty member (internship supervisor):

  • DS-7002 – Training/Internship Placement Plan. This form is prepared jointly with the student.
  • Recommendation form for the student.
  • Offer/Invitation letter (indicating title, duties, dates, stipend if any, and other arrangements and expectations)

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 is to be paid by NC State University, a scheduled check-in with the University's foreign national tax specialist will also be necessary.


At the conclusion of the internship, the student intern and faculty advisor must also submit a brief evaluation regarding the educational objectives as stated in the DS-7002 form.