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How to Apply to be an Intern

Paperwork and Formalities for Prospective Interns

Step #1

Students must be nominated by their home institution.  All documents must be in English or with English translations and must be submitted at least six months before the intended period of stay.

  • Nomination from home institution
  • Curriculum vitae (résumé), special qualifications
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Copies of the certificate of apprenticeship or other additional training courses
  • Proof of English language proficiency: The required minimum scores are as follows:  TOEIC 990, TOEFL 80, and IELTS 5.5.  If you don't have a TOEFL or IELTS score, you may still apply, but will have to pass an online interview via Skype after you have submitted your application materials.
  • Copy of picture, information and signature page(s) of passport for security screening

Step #2

Once an internship placement has been found for a student, he/she will be required to complete the internship application in iTerp.  iTerp is an online process where the student and/or home institution must upload the required documents. The documents can include the following:

  • Prospective intern information
  • Statement of purpose
  • Health insurance confirmation
  • J-1 Intern Attestation
  • Home Institution Certification
  • Confirmation of financial support (e.g., bank deposit or other income)

Application deadlines for the Exchange Visitor Internship Program:

For the Fall Session
Submit your materials no later than March 15th.

For the Spring Session
Submit your materials no later than October 15th.

Application deadlines for the Research Internships:

Applications for the research internships are on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least six months prior to the proposed start date.

Submit the application to:

Jane Frances Fines
Director, International & Leadership Programs
A. James Clark School of Engineering
1131 Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-3011 USA

T: +1 301 405 3857
F: +1 301 314 9867

Health/Repatriation Insurance

As of August 1, 2017, the University of Maryland requires interns to purchase health and repatriation insurance through the University of Maryland Health Center. The insurance through the Health Center meets the requirements for the J-1 visa.

VISA - On receipt of the DS-2019 form

  • DS-2019
  • Passport Photo (in color), Passport (valid at least one year)
  • Evidence that the intern will leave the USA after the educational term (i.e., a letter of certification from the Study Abroad Office that studies have to be continued at the home institution).
  • Confirmation that Visa application fees were paid or are included with application.
  • The processing time is about three to four months.

Upon arrival in the USA (UMCP)

  1. See Janes Fines at 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall.
  2. Meet with Payroll Office staff of your Sponsor's Department
  3. Attend intern orientation presented by the office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).