International Student & Scholar Services


  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    Fax: 202-885-3354
    Butler Pavilion, Room 410

    Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    ISSS advisors are available at the front desk for walk-in appointments.

    Bakar, Senem S.
    Director, International Student & Scholar Services

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F-1 Employment:  Application Procedure for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for Curricular Practical Training, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be in F-1 status for one academic year of full time study (2 semesters, not including summer)
  • be in a degree or certificate seeking program
  • engage in employment related to your major/academic program
  • register for internship credit

Required Steps for CPT:

Eligible F-1 student applying for CPT must follow the 6 step process for credit internships (paid or unpaid).

Step 1:Contact your academic advisor to verify your academic eligibility to register for an internship, and to start the registration process.

Sept 2: Come to ISSS with Internship registration form(s) to verify immigration eligibility for CPT authorization.

Step 3: Proceed with registering for internship credit(s).

Step 4: Once Registration is processed you will receive an e-mail notification confirming registration and the fact that you must wait 3-5 business days for ISSS to authorize CPT employment. 

Step 5: Within 3-5 business days, you will receive an e-mail from ISSS to pick up CPT I-20 with internship authorization and you can begin the internship. 

Step 6: After you have the new I-20 with the CPT authorization, you can begin the internship on the approved date.

CPT authorization for independent study, dissertation research, practicum, SIS 0-credit option, WCL externship, or extension of internship dates:

Step 1: Follow department procedure to register for the appropriate class.

Step 2: After the class registration appears on your schedule, bring the following 2 documents to ISSS:

1) Employer letter including: Name of employer, address of employment, number of hours/week, start and end dates, contact information

2) CPT Departmental Verification Form signed by academic advisor or faculty advisor

Step 3: ISSS will begin the 3-5 business day process to authorize CPT employment. When it is ready, you will receive an e-mail from ISSS to pick up your CPT I-20.

Step 4: After you have the new I-20 with the CPT authorization, you can being the internship on the approved date.