J-1 Student Intern

The J-1 student intern category is different from the other J-1 visa categories (Professor, Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar).  It takes 60 days to process and requires continual monitoring at the beginning, middle and end of the internship.  At Yale, the J-1 Student Intern category is used by Visiting Students in Research (VSR) and other students in established internships. There are many students who will not qualify for the J-1 Student Intern program. Most master’s level candidates and above are not eligible. The list below provides possible alternatives for those who do not meet the Student Intern program criteria.


To qualify as eligible for the J-1 Student Intern category, the participant must be:

  • Currently enrolled and in good academic standing at an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside the US.  (Most are pursuing the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree).
  • Fulfilling educational objectives for current degree program outside the U.S.
  • Able to verify English language skills sufficient to function on a day to day basis in the program.
  • Primarily in the U.S. to engage in the student internship program.
  • Return as an enrolled student in the home institution after the Yale program in order to “fulfill and obtain a degree.”
  • Able to show sufficient funding to support the visit, including housing and living expenses.
  • Able to provide proof of health insurance that will be valid for the time spent at Yale.

The internship must consist of a minimum of 32 hours per week and can include no more than 20% clerical work.

Host Department Application Requirements

After You Submit the ISD Record and All Documents to OISS

Upon receipt of documents listed above, OISS will generate the form DS-2019 (visa document) and sign off on the Form DS-7002.  OISS will contact the department when the DS-2019 form is ready (within 3 to 5 days of receipt of all completed application materials). The Student Intern applies for a J-1 visa at U.S. consulate with the original DS-2019 and DS-7002.

Intern Evaluation

Departments are required to provide OISS a written evaluation of the intern’s performance in the 15 day period before the conclusion of the internship. For programs lasting more than 6 months, a midpoint evaluation is also required within 15 days of the midpoint mark. The final evaluation is due before the intern leaves the U.S.