Responsibilities of J-1 Student Interns

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 the Office of Global Services (OGS) Within 10 Days: This may be done online

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 to OGS: J-1 Student Interns are required to inform their International Scholar (IS) Advisor if they plan to leave the United States before the expiration date of 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.

Evaluation: Each student intern must complete an 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.