Maintaining Status as a J-1 Student Intern

J-1 Student Interns and their CWRU faculty supervisors each play key roles in ensuring that federal regulations are being followed for the duration of the internship. Below these roles and responsibilities are outlined in further detail.

Student Responsibilities

It is important that J-1 student interns maintain legal status by complying with applicable federal government regulations. By definition student interns are fulfilling requirements for an overseas degree by engaging in activities outlined on Form DS-7002. If any details change on the DS-7002, it must be updated and sent to ISS.

Initial Registration Requirements

All new J-1 student interns must report to International Student Services within 30 days of the start date on their Forms DS-2019.

Maintain Required Health Insurance

J-1 student interns and their J-2 dependents must maintain required health insurance (including basic Medical Health Insurance, Medical Evacuation and Repatriation insurance) throughout their stay in the United States. Upon check-in, J-1 Student Interns are required to complete the Health Insurance Certification form. Information about suggested plans can be found on this form.

Change of Residential Address

Immigration regulations require that all non-citizens report their residential addresses within 10 days of entry to the United States and subsequently report any changes of address within 10 days to the Immigration authorities.

Required Travel Documents

J-1 visa holders are required to have a valid travel signature on their DS-2019 form in order to be allowed re-entry to the US. Please request to schedule an appointment by emailing

In addition to the signed DS-2019, the student should bring their passports with J-1 visa in order to re-enter the US during the valid internship period.

Faculty Responsibilities

J-1 Student Interns and supervisors are required by federal immigration regulations to submit evaluations to confirm that the program objectives are met. Student Interns and their supervisors must complete and submit this evaluation form to ISS in a timely manner. 

  • For internships less than 6 months in duration, only a Final Evaluation must be submitted prior to the end of the internship.
  • For internships lasting more than 6 months, two evaluations are required: one Midpoint Evaluation and one Final Evaluation. The midpoint evaluation must be submitted midway through the U.S. internship period. The final evaluation must be submitted prior to the end of the internship.