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J-1 Student Internships

If you are a student or recent graduate of a college or university outside the United States, you may complete an internship in the United States to gain exposure to American culture and business practices in your field.

An internship can help you build knowledge and competencies through classroom training, seminars and conferences, work-related training, and more.

Washington State University can host you as an intern for up to 12 months.

Please Note

President Donald J. Trump announced a Presidential Proclamation to take effect at noon Eastern Daylight Time on June 1, 2020. The proclamation will remain in effect until terminated by the president. It suspends entry into the United States only of graduate students and researchers from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who hold an F- or J-visa and whose study, research, or OPT arrangement contributes to the PRC’s “military‑civil fusion strategy.” Undergraduate students are exempt, as well as “any alien who is studying or conducting research in a field involving information that would not contribute to the PRC’s military‑civil fusion strategy.”

If you have any questions or concerns, or need to contact us about your personal status regarding this issue, please email us at

Q.  I am a citizen of China, so how will the latest Presidential Proclamation of May 29, 2020, affect my case?

A.  If you are a new student planning to join WSU this fall, this Proclamation will affect you only if you are pursuing a graduate program AND are deemed to be associated with the PRC “military‑civil fusion strategy.” Processing of your F- or J-visa stamp at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in China may be delayed until this determination can be made. Please notify us if you experience or expect to experience any delay of your arrival on campus.

If you are a current WSU student or engaged in post-completion OPT, it will affect you only if you are pursuing a graduate degree AND/OR are deemed to be associated with the PRC “military‑civil fusion strategy” by the U.S. Secretary of State, at the Secretary’s discretion. You will receive a formal notification if you are determined to be in this situation. Please notify us of any communication you receive in this regard.

Occupational Categories

The U.S. Department of State allows you to pursue internships in the following occupational categories:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
  • Arts and Culture
  • Construction and Building Trades
  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling, and Social Services
  • Health-Related Occupations
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Media and Communications
  • Management, Business, Commerce, and Finance
  • Public Administration and Law
  • The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations

Contact WSU Office of International Programs International Student and Scholar Services or individual academic departments to inquire about specific opportunities in your chosen field.


As an intern, you are prohibited from working in certain types of positions:

  • Unskilled or casual labor
  • Childcare or elder care
  • Medical patient care or contact
  • Positions that require more than 20 percent clerical or office support work

Program Requirements

J-1 Visa

You will need a valid J-1 visa for the duration of your internship.

Medical Insurance

For the duration of your internship, you and your J-2 dependents must maintain adequate medical insurance coverage.

2-Year Foreign Residence

If you have a J-1 visa, you are required to return to your home country for at least 2 years at the end of your exchange visitor program.

More about the 2-year requirement