Sponsoring and Extending a J-1 Student Intern

The J-1 Student Intern Category is not to be confused with J-1 Students who are enrolled in a degree program at Columbia. The J-1 Student Intern refers only to a student currently in a degree program abroad who visits Columbia to engage in a research-based internship that is integral to the curriculum of the home-school degree program to which the intern will return.

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    Eligibility

    If the student does not have the bachelor's equivalent, s/he must meet all requirements below for the J-1 Student Intern category:

    The student’s internship must:

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    Before You Sponsor

    If yes, the student qualifies for a scholar category of J-1, with either

    • an academic appointment if conducting collaborative research  
    • a Visiting Scholar designation if conducting independent research

    Submit application 3 months before the start date

    This allows time for the student intern to obtain or renew a passport, if needed, and apply for a J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate.

    We will issue the DS-2019 within 5 business days of receiving a complete application.

    The J-1 Student Intern category is typically used when the student will not yet have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree by the start of the internship.

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    How to Apply

    CUMC departments should contact ISSO-CUMC.

    Sponsor J-1 Student Intern
    Step 1.

    Login to the Scholar Sponsorship Portal (SSP) with your UNI and password to submit all three parts of your application

    This application consists of 3 parts. All 3 parts must be completed before we receive your application. Contact us if you are a department administrator requesting access to the SSP.

    Learn more about the SSP

    To learn about the process and what each part covers, please visit our SSP Overview page.

    For online help and tutorials, visit our SSP Department Guide.

    Step 2.

    Pay the $500 fee

    The fee can be paid by the student at Visiting Scholar Administration Fee Payment or by your department.

    Step 3.

    Gather your documents

    Step 4

    Use our Upload Form to upload the supporting documents as one pdf file

    Do not upload documents without first initiating the case through the SSP.

    Step 5.

    Email us an electronic version of a filled in DS-7002, without printing it and without the supervisor's signature.

    You may want to refer to the Guide for Completing the DS-7002

    Step 6.

    Print the DS-7002, and obtain the supervisor's original signature on the form.

    We need the original form, not a scanned copy. Please send it to us by Campus Mail or deliver it to ISSO Scholar Services at the Nash Building, 3280 Broadway, Suite 510 (5th floor).

    Step 7.

    We will contact you

    Allow up to 5 business days for us to review and process your application. We will notify you by email when your student intern’s new DS-2019 is shipped.

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    Reporting Requirements

    Both the student and the hosting professor must complete our Intern Evaluation Form at the end of Student Intern’s stay.

    • All internships require a final evaluation. 
    • Internships lasting longer than six months also require at least one additional evaluation at the midpoint of the program.

    How to Submit

    1. Complete the Intern Evaluation Form 
    2. Have the scholar access our Upload Form.
    3. The scholar must upload the evaluation form by selecting the "Scholar" drop-down option from the "What is your Columbia University affiliation?"
    4. Then, they must select the "J-1 Student Intern Evaluation Submission" option under "Please select your request."
    5. They will be prompted to attach the completed PDF.
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    Extending a J-1 Student Intern

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    Before You Extend

    The maximum duration for J-1 Student Intern is 12 months. Funding for additional time is $2800/month for the J-1.

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    How to Extend

    CUMC departments should contact ISSO-CUMC.

    Steps to Extend J-1 Student Intern
    Step 1.

    Login to the Scholar Sponsorship Portal (SSP) with your UNI and password to submit all three parts of your application

    This application consists of 3 parts. All 3 parts must be completed before we receive your application. Contact us if you are a department administrator requesting access to the SSP.

    Learn more about the SSP

    To learn about the process and what each part covers, please visit our SSP Overview page.

    For online help and tutorials, visit our SSP Department Guide.

    Step 2.

    Gather your documents

    Step 3

    Use our Upload Form to upload the supporting documents as one pdf file

    Do not upload documents without first initiating the case through the SSP.

    Learn how to upload your documents.
    Step 4.

    We will contact you

    Allow up to 5 business days for us to review and process your student intern’s application. We will email your student intern when we have shipped the extended DS-2019. We will send a copy of the extended DS-2019 to you.