J-1 Student Employment
J-1 students may engage in any employment specifically listed on Form DS-2019 as part of their program. For all other employment, International Services authorization is required.
J-1 students are eligible for on-grounds employment at the University of Idaho for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and full-time during breaks with International Services approval. Graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships are considered to be 20 hours per week. J-1 students must bring a completed On-Campus Work Authorization Request to International Services before engaging in any on-campus employment.
J-1 students may be approved to engage in academic training outside the university. Academic training is employment directly related to a J-1 student's major field of study and may be used during the semester, during breaks in the academic year or directly following the completion of studies. Generally, the length of this training, in total, may not exceed 18 months or the length of the program, whichever is shorter. Postdoctoral academic training may extend to 36 months.
Throughout the period of academic training a J-1 student's DS-2019 must remain valid, and the J-1 student and any J-2 dependents must maintain adequate health insurance. J-1 students who have completed their studies must continue to maintain health insurance that meets the standards for J-1 scholars and exchange students.
J-1 students wishing to apply for academic training must* bring the following to International Services during office hours:
- Letter from the employer on letterhead documenting the duties of the position, salary, location of the employment and duration of the employment (model letter)
- Completed adviser's Recommendation for Academic Training Form
J-1 students may not engage in academic training before International Services approval.
J-1 students who carry a DS-2019 that was not issued by the University of Idaho should contact their program sponsor regarding any employment.
J-1 Scholar Employment
A J-1 scholar should contact International Services if he or she plans to engage in any employment activity outside the confines of his or her J-1 program at the University of Idaho.