Center for International Programs

Employment/Training

J-1 Employment

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, the Center for International Programs (CIP) authorization is required.

On-Campus Employment

J-1 students are eligible for on-grounds employment at Humboldt State University for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and full-time during breaks with CIP 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 Employment Form to the CIP before engaging in any on-campus employment.

Academic Training

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.

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 the CIP during office hours:

*J-1 students may not engage in academic training before CIP approval.

J-1 students who carry a DS-2019 that was not issued by Humboldt State University should contact their program sponsor regarding any employment.

J-1 Scholar Employment

A J-1 scholar should contact the Academic Affairs Office or Office of the Provost if he or she plans to engage in any employment activity outside the confines of his or her J-1 program at Humboldt State University.


Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939
Email: international@humboldt.edu