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How to Apply to be an Intern

Paperwork and Formalities for Prospective Interns

Step #1

Students must be nominate 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
  • Application Letter or statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae (résumé), special qualifications
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Copies of the certificate of apprenticeship or other additional training courses
  • 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 with supporting documents.  This is an online process where the student and/or home institution must upload the required documents. The documents can include the following:

  • J-1 intern application
  • 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.
  • Confirmation of financial support (e.g., bank deposit or other income)
  • Two letters of reference
  • J-1 Intern Attestation
  • Foreign Institution Certification
  • DS2019 data collection form

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


The University of Maryland requires proof of the intern's health insurance. Get information from your insurance provider. Cost for additional insurance varies significantly between different insurance companies. It is wise to ask for a quotation.

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 months.

Upon arrival in the USA (UMCP)

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