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.
- Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR)
- Special Student – Division of Special Registration (DSR)
- Postgraduate Associate
- Postgraduate Fellow
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.
- Approval of the VSR appointment is needed.
✓ Host Department Application Requirements
- Confirm all eligibility requirements (listed above).
- Create an ISD record for the J-1 Student Intern. Not an ISD user? Learn more about ISD.
- Complete the following forms and upload to the ISD Record:
- Departmental Attestation Form
- Home Institution Certification
- Training/Internship Placement Plan Form
- Proof of health insurance
- If the intern is not receiving a Yale paycheck, proof of funding in the amount of $2,400 per month needs to be provided (such as a bank statement, written in English).
- VSR appointment approval
- Passport Identification page
✓ 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 the form DS-7002. OISS will contact the department when the DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms are ready (within 5 to 7 days of receipt of all completed application materials).
✓ Pick up forms at OISS (or provide OISS with a courier label)
- The DS-7002 form requires original signatures from OISS and the intern's Yale supervisor before it is sent to the intern.
- If the Yale department cannot pick up the DS-2019 and DS-7002 from OISS, please create a courier label addressed to the department and upload it to the ISD record.
✓ Intern Consulate Appointment
The Student Intern applies for a J-1 visa at the U.S. consulate with the original DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms.
✓ Intern Check-In
The Student Intern must check in with OISS with the original DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms.
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.