Academic training is a form of work authorization available to J-1 students, and is for paid and unpaid work off-campus. The training must be a direct application of your coursework and/or research to a professional position in your field of study.
J-1 students are granted up to 18 months of academic training to be used on a pre-completion and/or post-completion basis. Note the following exceptions:
Your advisor can use this recommendation letter template for Academic Training. The letter from your department must include all items listed on the letter template.
The OGS will evaluate your application. If eligible, an advisor will issue a work authorization letter and issue a new DS-2019 if needed to extend your stay.
Once you have authorization for Academic Training, Apply for a Social Security Number if you don't already have one. You must have a Social Security Number before you can be paid.
If you resign from your Academic Training or are terminated prior to the expiration of your authorized period, you must notify an OGS advisor immediately.
If you wish to extend your Academic Training, you must speak to an OGS advisor prior to the expiration of your current authorized period.
If you wish to change jobs during your Academic Training, you must submit a completely new application to the OGS.