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International Student Employment: J-1 Students

J-1 Employment Authorization

Please be aware that engaging in any unauthorized employment (whether paid or unpaid) may constitute a violation of J-1 status. If you are a J-1 student and have questions about employment options, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars before beginning or accepting employment (including internships or practicums).

On-Campus Employment

J-1 students must have written authorization from OISS of the organization or institution which issued their DS-2019 forms (item number 2 on Form DS-2019), in order to be employed on-campus at USD.

J-1 students with proper authorization may work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic term or full-time on campus during the summer or vacation periods. The 20-hour limit includes the total of all types of employment (assistantships, academic training, part-time campus employment, etc.).

Off-campus Employment

J-1 Academic Training (AT)

Academic Training for J-1 students is intended to provide practical work experience which complements the academic program. It must be an integral part of the student's academic goals. Academic Training usually is undertaken after completion of studies but must have secured a job offer before the program expiration date.

J-1 students may apply for Academic Training authorization from the Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) at the Office of International Students and Scholars (the immigration advisor who issued and signed your DS-2019). The employment must be in the student's field of study, must be recommended by their academic advisor, and must be authorized in writing by the RO or ARO of their Sponsoring Program before they begin the employment.

J-1 students wishing to consult about Academic Training should make an appointment with OISS for appropriate advising.