Student Internships

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Through internships, students learn American technologies, methodologies, and techniques and expand their existing knowledge and skills.

Student internships at NC State can last between two and 12 months. The internship must fulfill the educational objectives of a student’s current degree program at his or her home institution. International student interns are from accredited post-secondary academic institutions abroad.

J-1 Student Intern Applicant Criteria

The applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited post-secondary academic institution outside the United States;
  • Invited by an NC State faculty member;
  • In good academic standing at the home university;
  • Recommended by a faculty advisor at the student’s home academic institution;
  • Will return to the academic institution abroad in which s/he is enrolled to fulfill and obtain the degree after completion of the internship;
  • Have verifiable English skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the internship environment;
  • Is primarily coming to the U.S. to engage in an internship program rather than to engage in employment;
  • Has sufficient finances to support himself/herself and any accompanying dependents during the internship period. The NC State University host department may, but is not required to, assist with financial support. The minimum funding requirement: $1500 per month for the student intern; $800 per month for an accompanying spouse; $500 per month for each accompanying child.

Internship Criteria

The internship must:

  • Be integral to the student’s academic program and fulfill educational objectives for the student’s degree program abroad;
  • Expose the student intern to American technologies, methodologies, and techniques and expands upon the student intern’s existing knowledge and skills;
  • Be full time (minimum of 32 hours per week);
  • Be evaluated by the intern and supervisor periodically.