CompensationA Talent Mobility Program Participant is allowed to receive compensation/stipend under a J-1 visa. Most positions pay a stipend to cover living expenses. Some pay more, others such as summer internships may be unpaid. Positions with SACC Regional Chambers are usually unpaid. Unpaid positions may be best suitable for students who are required to do an international internship as part of their academic course work and thus can get a student loan. Interns/trainees pay federal, state and local tax on the stipend. There is no Social Security or Medicare tax (unless the trainee has lived in the U.S. previously, see the Tax Manual for details).