Hosting a J-1 Student Intern

The J-1 Student Intern program is a work-based learning program that allows students who are currently enrolled in a degree program in their home country to gain experience and exposure to U.S. research and training techniques through an internship. 

The J-1 Student Intern program is not to be confused with J-1 students who are enrolled full time in a program of study at UW–Madison. Student Interns are students who are enrolled in a program of study abroad, and who are visiting UW–Madison to participate in a research/training-based internship that is required to complete their degree program at their home institution. 

Any UW–Madison department wishing to host a J-1 Student Intern should consult ISS 4-5 months prior to the anticipated start date of the internship program. ISS will not issue a DS-2019 less than 2 months before the program start date.