Student Interns in J-1 status are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with U.S. federal laws and regulations governing J visa status. Failure to do so will violate the Student Intern's legal status in the United States. The Student Intern's responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:


Report Address, Telephone, or E-mail Address Changes to OGS Within 10 Days

Complete the Address and Phone Number Update Form.  J-1 student interns should also report a change of e-mail address for their J-2 spouse.


Depart the United States within 30 Day Grace Period

Student Interns must depart the United States within 30 days of the expiration of the Form DS-2019 or program end date, whichever is earlier unless they have applied for a change of status.


Report Departure Date and Reason

Student Interns are required to inform their IS Advisor if they plan to leave the University before the expiration date on the Form DS-2019.


Participate Fully in the Internship Program and Abide by Employment Regulations

J-1 Student Interns must work full-time (at least 32 hours per week) at the internship. They may not engage in any employment (either on or off campus) that is not described on the DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP).


Report Changes in Program to OGS

Student Interns must notify their IS Advisor whenever there is a change in the internship program or program dates.


Understand the Two Year Home Residency Requirement

Student Interns who have been marked subject to 212(e), the two-year home residency requirement, are not eligible for a change of status inside the U.S. or for the H visa, the L visa or Permanent Residency until they have spent two years in their home country following the completion of their J-1 program or have received a waiver of this requirement from the U.S. Department of State/U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Student Interns should consult with their IS Advisor prior to applying for a waiver to discuss the implications on their status.


Obtain Travel Signature Prior to Departing the United States

Travel signatures are valid for one year or until the expiration date of the Form DS-2019, whichever is earlier.


Apply for an Extension Prior to the DS-2019 Expiration

Student Interns must apply for an extension before the Form DS-2019 expires if the Student Intern and sponsor agree to extend the internship program.

Receive Transfer Authorization Prior to Leaving Georgetown

Student Interns must receive authorization from their IS Advisor before leaving Georgetown if they wish to transfer to another institution.


Maintain Adequate Health Insurance

J-1 Student Interns must maintain adequate health insurance throughout their stay in the United States. This insurance must meet the requirements set forth by the Department of State.



Each student intern must complete a J-1 Intern Evaluation at the end of his or her internship. Depending on the length of the internship, some student interns may need to complete a 6-month evaluation as well. Please consult your IS Advisor for more information.