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The J-1 Student Intern program allows Tufts departments to host students attending overseas institutions for experiential learning and work-based internship opportunities at a Tufts. Internship arrangements may be a part of an exchange agreement or memorandum of understanding between Tufts and an overseas institution, or arranged on an individual basis. In all cases the decision to host a student intern must have both department and school Dean approval.

In order to qualify for the J-1 Student Intern program the following criteria must be met:

  • Participants must be currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education outside the US
  • Participants must be pursuing a degree at their home institution to which they intend to return following completion of the internship
  • The internship experience must be related to their degree and facilitate degree completion requirements
  • The internship experience must be a minimum of 3 weeks to a maximum of 12 months (one year)
  • Participants are not considered admitted Tufts students and are not permitted to pursue academic or degree opportunities at Tufts during their internship experience
  • Internship experiences may be paid or unpaid; the host department at Tufts may but is not required to offer wages, compensation or remuneration to support the student intern

Read below for more detailed information about the J-1 Student Internship Program eligibility conditions and requirements and instructions on how to initiate a J-1 Student Intern visa document request. Please note that the International Center does not create or provide information about internship opportunities under this program. Students interested in becoming J-1 student interns are responsible for contacting and working with host departments directly about internship opportunities, if any. Host departments are then responsible for contact the International Center to initiate the J-1 Student Intern visa process.

Student Internship Eligibility Conditions and Requirements

Steps for Inviting a J-1 Student Intern