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The GTI facilitates study, research, and internship programs for hundreds of international students each year. NC State departments and faculty can utilize a number of GTI programs to bring overseas students to conduct research, engage in an internship, or enroll in classes for a semester. The GTI also brings scores of professionals through various training programs, and faculty are often asked to present to these groups and/or network with them during their program.

International Student Intern Program (J-1 Student Intern)

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Hundreds of students, scholars, and professionals come through GTI programs each year

Internship and research programs are for students who are currently enrolled in a degree program at an overseas university. Interns do not take courses and do not receive university course credit from NC State, so there are no tuition charges. The J-1 Student Intern program is also referred to as the GTN program.

  • Students must be an enrolled student at an overseas institution and the internship program at NC State must be related to their program of study at their home institution.
  • Students must be invited by NC State faculty
  • No Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is required. All funds may come from personal or family funds
  • No payment is required
    (Note: NC State must pay at least minimum wage at 32-40 hours per week if interns are to be paid from university sources)

NCSU department/faculty responsibilities:

1. Give the student intern, person in department who will do payment action, and the GTI a copy of the offer letter from the sponsoring department, including specifics regarding payment(s), if applicable (see sample letter).

2. Get departmental approval to host a student intern (per department guidelines/processes).

3. Complete an online recommendation form for the student intern and also complete a Training/Internship Placement Plan (Form DS-7002) in conjunction with student. See the on-campus internship section of the website for more information about the application process for student intern.

4. Inform the Departmental Payroll Coordinator or Personnel Representative of the student's arrival and gives them a copy of this process information and offer letter, if the intern will be paid. The department is responsible for entering the job action and payment record into the HR system to generate the biweekly payroll. The GTI will have already created a student record in the Student Information System.

5. Help student with airport arrival and finding housing.

6. Meet with the student intern at least once per week for supervision of their program.

7. Department issues bi-weekly payment* to student, if applicable.
*Note: The department should enter student into the payment system using appropriate code. (Consult with your department's HRIM representative regarding questions about entering pay action. Student interns are not required to have a background check. However, one can be arranged if a department requests it.)

8. Make sure the student intern completes and submits the final evaluation at the completion of their program. This is a US State Department requirement and is necessary to remain in compliance with the J-1 Student Intern program.

Click here for more information about the overall J-1 Student Intern program.

Non-degree study programs (GTE certificate)

The GTI offers a one semester, non-degree certificate program for international students who are interested in taking courses in your department. With the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Programs and/or the Undergraduate Coordinator of Advising, the GTI can matriculate invited students for a full course load and issue a student visa certificate.

Courses may be at the undergraduate or graduate level and credits may be applied to a subsequent degree program (pursuant to University policies). Students must enroll in the GTI 401: Colloquium in US Culture and Higher Education and may enroll in an FLE course, if desired or necessary. Students normally enroll in 3 subject-specific courses as recommended by the faculty advisor.

Students who utilize this program include 3+X program participants who intend to matriculate to NC State BUT:

  • missed the application deadline
  • have not yet taken the GRE
  • need to improve their English comprehension/writing ability
  • need to retake the TOEFL for a higher score
  • are advised to take pre-requisite courses prior to an admission decision

The GTE certificate program is currently offered in the Summer II or Fall semesters, but is currently not offered in the Spring. Students who come during the summer take the GTI 401 course in Summer Session II and take departmental courses in the Fall.

If you are aware of an international student you want to admit through the GTE certificate program, have them apply online at: go.ncsu.edu/gti_apply.