J-1 Student Interns

NOTE: The J-1 Student Intern category is NOT the same as existing J-1 Students or J-1 Scholars categories.

This program is designed to:

  • Provide an opportunity for eligible international students to pursue a structured and guided internship program in his/her specific academic field. 

  • Fulfill the educational objectives for the prospective J-1 Student Intern’s current degree program at his/her home institution overseas.

  • Increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. (according to the US Department of State (DOS)

ISSS oversees and manages Penn's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.  Should you have questions, contact ISSS.


To guide you through the J-1 Student Intern Program this page is separated into 3 sections:

  1. Review the Eligibility & Program Details

  2. Prepare for the Application Procedures

  3. Understand how to Maintain Valid Status

Beyond these 3 steps you can find important information regarding J-2 Dependents


Eligibility & Program Details


Application & Process Guidelines


Maintenance of J-1 Student Intern Status

J-2 Dependent Status for Spouse and Children

Your spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) are eligible for J-2 dependent status. To learn more about the procedures for J-2 Dependents, please see our J-2 Dependents page.

Learn more about J-2 Dependents