I realize that I'm not allowed to work and receive an income while in the US on a student visa, but what about travel stipends for internships that are otherwise unpaid? Is that also prohibited?
No, those are not otherwise "prohibited", as long as reimburse you for costs you incur while on travel during, for and in the course of your internship.
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To me it sounds like yet another attempt to find a way to circumvent the system.
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