CCDC provides a Student Internship Program that is rewarding in experience for both participating students and host companies.

What is J-1

The J-1 visa provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.

Categories of J-1

The J-1 program of Columbia College is divided into four categories, which are explicitly outlined in the program regulations.

ProfessorResearch ScholarStudent InternStudent Associate
The professor category is for a foreign national who enters the United States for the primary purpose of teaching, lecturing, observing or consulting at accredited post-secondary academic institutions, museums, libraries, or similar types of institutions. A professor may also conduct research, unless disallowed by the sponsoring organization. This category is for a foreign national who enters the United States for the primary purpose of conducting research, observing or consulting in connection with research projects at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions. A research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsoring organization. Internship programs are designed to allow foreign college and university students to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive hands-on experience in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field. The J-1 College and University Student Program offers studies in all fields and opportunities to gain important career-related training as a student intern in a program that will fulfill the educational objectives for the student’s degree program in their home country.

Program Sponsor

– Only State Department-designated sponsors (Columbia College) are authorized to issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status (Form DS-2019), which is the basic document to support an application for an exchange visitor visa (J-1 Visa). Sponsors screen and select prospective exchange visitors based on the criteria set forth in the governing regulations (22 CFR Part 62).

What is DS-2019

The DS-2019 form or “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” is the basic document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program. This form permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate to obtain a J-1 visa to enter the United States. The DS-2019 form identifies the exchange visitor and their designated sponsor and provides a brief description of the exchange visitor’s program, including the start and end date, category of exchange, and an estimate of the cost of the exchange program.

How to obtain DS-2019

– Designated sponsors are authorized to issue this form to prospective exchange visitors they have screened and selected for participation in the exchange visitor program. The information in this form is completed by the sponsor prior to being given to the participant, who once given the DS-2019, can apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate for the J-1 visa.

Issuance of the J-1 visa, like all non-immigrant visas, is at the discretion of Consular Officers viewing visa applications at U.S. embassies and consulates. This means that even if you are accepted to an exchange visitor program and have received your DS-2019, the Consular Officers decide if you receive the J-1 visa.

+ Step 1. Application

+ Step 2. Required Documents

1) Copy of College / University Certification of Enrollment

2) Copy of College / University Transcript or Diploma

3) Copy of Passport

4) Resume / CV

5) TOEFL / IELTS or Accuplacer Score (if applicable)

6) Financial Statement

+ Step 3. Initial Fee

+ Step 4. Zoom Interview

+ Step 5. Issue DS-2019


For more information, please visit our J-1 website or contact directly to Columbia College Global Education Center or our Seoul Office.

Global Education Center

Address: 8620 Westwood Center Drive, Vienna, VA 22182
Contact Number: +1 703-429-0590

Grace Yang, Director:

Johnny Lee, Coordinator:

Shawn Kim, Coordinator:

Seoul Office (Korea)

Address: 서울시 영등포구 여의나루로 71 동화빌딩 6층 608호 콜럼비아칼리지 한국사무소
Contact Number: +82 (2) 579-2296

Joohee Oh, Executive Director:

Bella Kim, Korean Cultural Exchange Director:

Lydia Lee, International Program Director:

Madina Kholikova, International Program Coordinator: