Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment option for F-1 students engaged in an academic program for whom work is considered an integral part of their studies. CPT authorization allows you to accept a one semester paid or unpaid internship in your field of study. You can be authorized for more than one semester of CPT, but each semester's internship must be a different curricular experience from previous internships.
Remember: You must receive employment authorization from ISSS before you report for your job/internship.
Internship is part of academic program
Internship is registered for academic credit that count towards graduation requirements
Need to have an internship job offer
Have been enrolled in full-time degree program for at least 2 semesters (not including summer), and currently be in good academic standing in F-1 status
Hours Per Week
Part-time: 20 hours or less
Full-time: No limit*
*Students granted one year of full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT) will be ineligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Internship Class (ex. SIS-391, STAT-491)
Contact your academic advisor to verify eligibility and start the registration process.
Register for internship credit(s), keep a copy of the Internship Registration Form.
Once the internship class appears on your schedule of classes, log on to iEagle, click on Current Student, and fill out the CPT e-form. You will need to upload the completed Internship Registration Form.
Within 3-5 business days ISSS will issue an I-20 with the CPT authorization and notify you for pick-up.
Pick up your new I-20 in ISSS before starting work at your internship.
Non-Internship Class (independent study, dissertation research, practicum, field experience, WCL JD externship)
Contact ISSS to verify your CPT eligibility and follow departmental procedure to register for the appropriate class.
After the registration appears in your schedule of classes, log on to iEagle, click on Current Student, and fill out the CPT e-form. You will need to upload your employer letter on company letterhead (including: job/internship description, address of employment, number of hours per week, start and end dates, and contact information).
Your request will be routed to your academic advisor for verification.
Within 3-5 business days after advisor verification, ISSS will issue an I-20 with the CPT authorization and notify you for pick-up.
Pick up your new I-20 in ISSS before starting work.