73 Fed. Reg. 35066 (June 20, 2008)
A final rule effective July 21, 2008, amended the J Exchange Visitor regulations to create a new "Student Intern" subcategory under the College and University Student category. Participation in the Student Intern subcategory will be open to foreign students currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States. Student interns may participate in a student internship program for up to 12 months for each degree/major.
Programs that are currently designated with the College and University Student category will not have to apply for a new Student Intern designation; they will automatically be allowed to provide student internships once the rule is effective and required updates are implemented in SEVIS.
February 3, 2009. Effective February 20, 2009, with the implementation of SEVIS 6.0, programs that are designated with the College and University Student category will automatically be allowed to issue Forms DS-2019 in the Student Intern category, without having to apply for separate designation to do so. SEVIS 6.0 will contain a new option - Student Intern - in the Exchange Visitor Category drop-down menu at item 17 in SEVIS RTI. Batch functionality is also planned for that release.
The Student Intern category is complex. Read NAFSA's J Student Intern resource page for a detailed summary of the category's requirements and other resources.