J-1 Student Intern Program

A structured, guided learning program set forth in an individualized Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) 

Eligibility Requirements

Student Intern

  • Has verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the internship environment
  • Is currently enrolled in a post-secondary academic institution outside the US and in good academic standing
  • Will return to his/her home institution and fulfill and obtain a degree after completion of the internship program at OSU
  • Can show evidence of sufficient financial resources to support him/herself for duration of internship
  • Will comply with the insurance requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of State, and will purchase the necessary insurance before arrival in the United States


  • Exposes participants to American techniques, methodologies, and expertise and expands upon the participant's existing knowledge and skills
  • Does not duplicate the participant's prior experience or training received elsewhere
  • Is at least 32 hours per week
  • Fulfills educational objectives of the student intern's current degree-seeking program at his/her home institution
  • Does not exceed 12 months in duration
  • If paid, the student intern is responsible for securing permission from his/her academic advisor or dean at home institution

Sponsoring department

  • Verifies the student intern's English language proficiency through a telephone interview
  • The primary objective of the visit to OSU is to engage in a full-time internship of at least 32 hours per week
  • Provides student intern with opportunities for cross-cultural exchange
  • Evaluates student intern and submits written evaluation forms to ISFS on schedule

Other considerations

  • If the student intern wishes to take a class at OSU, s/he is limited to a maximum of 6 graduate credits or 8 undergraduate credits that are related to his/her academic field.  The intern will be responsible for enrolling as a non-degree seeking student.
  • Student Interns are eligible for an OSU ID card after they complete the mandatory check-in with ISFS. After check in ISFS contacts the ID Center and confirms the student intern's eligibility for Associate status, which extends access to campus privileges (e.g. the library) and an ONID account.
  • In some cases, interns may be paid as non-system students or on a stipend, sponsoring professors should work closely with their Business Center or OHR representative to determine the best method for the particular student intern's needs.
  • Some foreign institutions require their students to complete a contract outlining the internship program. More information on the contract approval procedures.