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Information for J-1 Student Interns

The student intern category is discussed in this section.

J-1 ScholarsJ-1 Students

Please view the travel and health advisories at Student Health Services for current information about international health alerts for travelers.

Please Note:  The U. S. Department of State requires all J-1 student interns to meet the minimum health insurance requirements.  Learn more.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth welcomes interns from many parts of the world in the J visa category under the U.S. Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program.


The J Exchange Visitor Program is designed to invite international students and scholars to the U.S. on a temporary basis for cultural, scientific, and educational exchange. UMass Dartmouth is approved by the Department of State to sponsor students, student interns, professors, research scholars, and short-term scholars.  

To help safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all exchange visitors, the Department reminds sponsors that there is an Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Emergency Hotline – 1-866-283-9090 – a 24/7 toll-free telephone number that allows exchange visitors to directly contact the Department in emergency and urgent situations. 

How to become a J-1 student intern - overview

Student interns are typically enrolled in and in good standing at an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside the U.S.  Their study at UMass Dartmouth must fulfill part of the requirements at their post-secondary institution. 

Student interns may study at UMass Dartmouth

  • for a specific period of time in a formal University internship program
  • or with UMass Dartmouth faculty sponsorship to pursue a supervised research project

For example, there is a program recently established between UMass Dartmouth and two institutes of technology in India.  UMass Dartmouth faculty sponsor and host the students in various research positions in their laboratories. 

  • Student interns are welcome on an individual basis as well, providing they obtain a faculty sponsor, have the funding, and meet the other requirements of the program.  

For details on the selection and appointment process, please view this information.

 After J-1 interns arrive on campus, the Center provides them not only with general advice and assistance with campus life and personal concerns, but with support for visas and other required documentation.

Authorized officials 

The following University officials are authorized to sign the DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms and other J-1 paperwork:

Responsible Officer (RO)

Daniel Pirbudagov
Executive Director
International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC)
(508) 910-6633

Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO)

Meghan Houghton
Assistant Director ISSC
(508) 910-6633

Pat Mooney
Administrative Assistant ISSC
(508) 910-6633 Avoiding Immigration Scams

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