Paid Internship with an International Organization for Students in F-1 Status
Students who are in F-1 status are eligible to work part-time during the academic year and full-time during vacation periods for recognized international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, etc. Click here for a complete list. Authorization is granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with the recommendation of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) or the International Affairs Office (IAO).
Procedure: The ISSO cannot authorize an internship with an international organization - only the DHS can do so by issuing you an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). You cannot begin employment until you have received this card. Your first step in obtaining an EAD is to qualify for a certification from the ISSO recommending you for the internship.
Submit the following documentation to the ISSO as early as 90 days before
you wish to begin employment:
The International Students and Scholars Office staff will:
Step 2: We suggest that you mail your application to the US Citizenship and Immigration
Services by certified mail, return receipt requested. This will provide
you with proof that your application was timely in the event the application
is lost. We also recommend that you photocopy the entire application before
you mail it so you have a copy for your records. So that the documents
do not get lost, put the photos in a small envelope and label as "photos"
and staple all pages together, being careful not to staple the photos.
Include the following documents in your applications:
You may bring the completed application to the ISSO, if you would like an adviser to review it before you mail it to the DHS.
Processing time: DHS normally takes six to twelve weeks to process the EAD. If you have not received a response within 90 days of your application, please contact the ISSO for information about the interim employment authorization.
The advisers of the ISSO encourage you to contact them if you have any questions about the procedure or if you receive any correspondence about your application. Students whose immigration documents were processed by the International Affairs Office at the Medical Center should contact the IAO for specific procedures.
Last Reviewed: 7 February 2011
Last modified: 7 February 2011