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I am a full-time PhD student at a university in Germany. To get funding for my PhD studies, I am employed as a research assistant by the university (I have been continuously employed in this position since 2013). In 2016, I was in the U.S. for a 12-weeks long (paid) internship on a J-1 visa.

Can the internship be considered to be a "Temporary Assignment or Job" (as per IRS Publication 463), or a "Work-Related Education" (IRS Publication 970) so that I would be able to deduct the travel expenses I had for the internship?

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