On-Campus Internships/Research

The GTI's On-Campus Student Intern program enables undergraduate or graduate students to engage in non-degree and non-credit research (or field internship) under the supervision of an NC State faculty member. Students must be invited by an NC State faculty member and the activities must take place on one of the University's campuses or designated extension sites. The GTI does not identify internship opportunities for interested students or provide a list of faculty who are looking for possible interns.

GTI's application fee for this program is $350. This is in addition to visa and processing fees charged by the US government. Cancellations must take place at least 60 days before the start of the program in order to receive a 50% refund on the application fee.

Application Process for On-Campus Interns

1) The prospective student intern submits an online application ( and enters the names and email addresses of both the home school faculty advisor as well as the NC State faculty supervisor; both faculty members will receive a separate email message with further instructions about submitting a recommendation.

2) After completing the online application, the student will receive a 9-digit application number. This number and the student's surname/family name/last name will be used for the administration fee payment site. The applicant (or parent or faculty supervisor or other guarantor) can pay the administration fee online by using a major credit card. Be sure the credit card can be used in the United States and that the information is entered accurately. No personal credit card information is seen or stored by the University. This fee is not refundable or transferable. The administration fee does not have to be paid at the same time as the online application is submitted, but the application will not be processed until the fee has been paid.

3) The prospective student intern emails to ALL of the supporting documents listed below, including the Training/Internship Placement Plan (Form DS-7002) that should be completed with the NC State faculty supervisor.

The following is a list of documents that must be emailed to the GTI before the application can be processed and who is responsible for emailing them:

On-Campus Intern Documents

5) Once the supporting documents are completed, emailed, and approved, the GTI will issue a visa certificate (Form DS-2019) within 10 (ten) business days and mail the necessary documents to the student intern.

6) The student intern should apply for the J-1 Student Intern visa and bring the official acceptance letter, the signed DS-7002, and the DS-2019 to the visa interview.

Supporting Documents

The following documents should be emailed to We can NOT process your application until all documents are complete and emailed at least 45 days before your start date.




Additional Notes


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Proof of English ability

There are 3 ways to certify the student intern's English ability:

1) Native/near native speaker

  • Applicant was born/raised in an English speaking country
  • Applicant successfully completed at least 2 academic years from an education program conducted in English

2) Meet the minimum required test scores listed below. You only need to submit ONE test, and the test must have been taken within the last 12 months).

  • TOEFL - iBT: 75 total points
  • Previous Computer Version (CBT): 200
  • Previous Paper Version (PBT): 525
  • CET 6: 480
  • TSE: 50
  • TOEIC: 680
  • IELTS: 6
  • Michigan/MELAB: 70
  • EIKEN: 1

3) Face-to-face interview, which can be conducted in person or via video conference (Skype, etc.)

If you do not have a valid test score, please email to set up an interview time.

*Student interns may NO LONGER use a letter from the English Department or Foreign Language English Department at their home university stating their sufficient English ability.

Proof of financial support

Student interns need to provide a minimum of $1,550 a month (in English and in US dollars) for the length of the internship. Students will have to provide a bank statement* if their expenses are not covered by NC State.

NOTE: the department must pay at least minimum wage ($7.25/hour for 32-40 hours per week). Being paid minimum wage does not satisfy the $1,550/month proof of financial support needed for the visa documents, so the student intern will need to demonstrate further proof of funding.

*A letter of support is needed if the bank statement is not in the applicant’s name, or if the student’s expenses are covered by NC State.

Examples of support letters:

Proof of health insurance

All student interns are required to have health insurance which meets certain federal requirements:

  • $50,000 minimum per accident or illness
  • $500 maximum deductible per illness
  • $10,000 provision for medical evacuation
  • $7,500 maximum for repatriation

If you do not have insurance, then you will need to purchase insurance that meets these minimum requirements.

On-campus interns must show proof of this coverage before the DS-2019 can be issued.

Student interns are NOT required to submit immunization records to NC State, but we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you keep your immunizations current according to what the state of North Carolina requires. We also recommend that you bring a copy of your immunization and other important health records (translated into English) with you to the United States.

School transcripts

Applicants should email their most recent official school transcript(s) in English or with English translations


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NC State faculty certification

The NC State faculty member is responsible for filling out a certification form that is emailed when the student enters the faculty's email address in their application.

Instructions are emailed when the student enters the faculty's email address in their application.

The faculty certification can be downloaded here. The completed recommendation form should be emailed to

Academic recommendation
(home institution)

The second required academic recommendation comes from the student’s advisor at their home institution that explains how the internship is related to the applicant’s degree program.

Instructions are emailed when the student enters the faculty's email address in their application.

The faculty recommendation can be downloaded here. The completed recommendation form should be emailed to

and faculty complete together

Training/Internship Placement Plan

Download the form here. Both pages must be completed* and signed. The student signs first, then sends it to the supervisor for his/her signature. The student or supervisor can email the completed document to

The T/IPP will detail:
a) the specific goals and objectives of the student internship program;
b) the knowledge, skills, or techniques to be imparted to the student intern; and
c) the methods of performance evaluation and the frequency of supervision.

*Do NOT sign the “Sponsor” section at bottom of Page 2 (this section is for the GTI).

**A special certification statement must also be met if a student is conducting an internship in agricultural fields. The GTI, as the Internship Program Sponsor, must certify (pursuant to CFR 22.62.423) that any student internship program in the field of agriculture meet all the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended (29 U.S.C. 201 et seq. ) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, as amended (29 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.).

Click here to download the certification statement. The signed statement should also be emailed to

Example of a completed application
See complete application

Sample application

Make sure all of these supporting documents are completed and emailed to at least 45 days before the start of your internship. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all the documentation has been received. There are multiple steps in the approval process that cannot be expedited if your application is not completed in time.

Click here to see a completed application for an on-campus student intern with examples of supporting documents you need to include in your application. This is only a sample and should be used as a guide to help you determine what documents you need to email.