Information for J-1 Student Interns

Please Note:  Effective May 15, 2015, the U. S. Department of State increased the minimum health insurance requirements.  Please visit our J-1 Student Interns' Health Insurance page for more details.

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


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. The student intern category is discussed in this section. For information on scholars, please refer to J visa information for scholars.  For students applying to exchange programs or to full-time degree programs, please refer to J visa information for students.


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.  

This information may be helpful in understanding the selection and appointment process.

 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.


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

Responsible Officer (RO)

Christina Bruen, 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



Updated 11/16/2016