Program Details

As an intern, you’ll be hosted by a UW academic department or program and closely supervised by a member of the faculty. The internship may range between three weeks and 12 months.

VISIT internships directly relate to your current field of study in your bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree program at your home university. You and your University of Washington host department or program will formulate a clear, written statement of the internship's learning goals and objectives.

Internship Requirements

Your internship must meet the following requirements:

  • Consist of at least 32 hours of structured activities per week
  • Not involve entry-level work or duplicate any previous experience you have had
  • Not allow you to engage in clinical or other tasks that involve patient care or contact
  • Not allow you to enroll, audit or unofficially audit UW courses

Although you can’t enroll in or audit UW classes, you may (with the permission of your supervisor and the VISIT office) occasionally and infrequently observe classroom lectures if the topic specifically relates to your research. With permission from your supervisor, you may also participate in an English language course, but only if the course does not interfere with your research activities.


In certain circumstances, you may be permitted to receive a stipend from the UW host department. Stipends are at the discretion of the department or program. Please note that taxes will be withheld from your stipend paychecks, which can be at a rate of 30%. For more information, please review the UW's Federal Withholding Tax for Foreign Nationals.