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J-1 Internship Program

Work Opportunities

Under the J-1 Internship Program, you will be offered a minimum of 32 hours per week in an internship with University Dining Services (UDS). You'll have the chance to learn either front-of-house or back-of-house operations in a large-scale dining environment. With 30 individual dining concepts, you will rotate between different concepts, giving you a well-rounded internship experience not found elsewhere. Additionally, catering experience for both large and small events is available to the majority of the interns. 

All interns will be offered an official, internationally recognized ServSafe course and certification as part of the program. You will have the chance to prepare meals with top-of-the-line equipment in modern kitchens that are superior to industry standards. 

J-1 intern preparing food in the kitchen

Housing Provided

As part of the internship, you will live on campus, right in the center of all the action. You can immerse yourself in a diverse university community that's rich with intercultural experiences. 

Accommodation is provided at no cost as part of the program, along with a meal credit for each shift worked and $7.50 per hour wage. 

 Edmon Low Library at OSU

Program Length

Each internship lasts at least one American academic semester. Internships can be completed in the following time frames:

  • August - December (fall semester)
  • January - May (spring semester)
  • August - May (full academic term)

At the end, participants will return to their country of origin with enhanced skills, certifications and a diverse perspective, ready to enter the work force. 

How to Get Here

Direct flights to Stillwater are available with more than 190 connections WORLDWIDE via American Airlines. Upon arrival, your program liaison, Steven West, will transport you and your belongings to campus. 

Explore Oklahoma

In addition to work experience, you'll have the opportunity to explore America's Heartland. Oklahoma is located in the middle of the legendary U.S. Route 66, which is full of iconic and historic landmarks. If you're craving a big-city excursion, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are just an hour away from campus. 

Oklahoma City skyline

Summary of Perks

  • Daily meal credit in addition to your wage
  • Free on-campus housing with cable and WIFI
  • Free public transit pass
  • Free membership to a world-class gym facility
  • Opportunity to attend sporting and other university events

Apply Now

To apply, email Steven West, UDS assistant director and program liaison, at expressing your interest in the program. If you have any questions, please also email them to Steven West. 

About the J-1 Visa

The J-1 Visa provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multi-faceted 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. For more information, visit