Internships, often known as curricular practical training or
CPT according to USCIS terminology, are available for
international students who have maintained their F-1
immigration status for at least one full academic year before
applying for this benefit.
The student must have prior approval from USCIS before any
actual work may begin. Employment during CPT must be directly
related to your major area of study.
Students with CPT authorization during the academic year can
only work part-time and must maintain a full course of study.
NOTE: Should a student apply for full-time CPT, the student
must also enroll in a Special Topics or Independent Study
course. This course will evaluate the work done during the
full-time CPT for a grade.
Enrollment in such a course must be verified before CPT
permission will be given. Twelve (12) months of full-time CPT
will eliminate your eligibility for Optional
Practical Training (OPT).
STEP ONE: Meeting with the
Internship Coordinator, Office of Career Services (206
- Schedule a meeting with the Internship Coordinator. The
meeting will focus on your interests, current internship
possibilities, resume-writing skills, and other information
necessary for you to obtain an off-campus internship.
Internship Coordinator: Lela Mixon, 788-2057
- You will have a follow-up meeting to sign the Memorandum
of Understanding. This is an official document between
yourself, your internship supervisor, and the University that
outlines the responsibilities of the internship, as well as
the hours you will be working and any compensation you may
- You will receive two copies of the Memorandum of
Understanding. One copy is for your records, but the other
copy is for your next appointment with the International
STEP TWO: Appointment with
International Studies Advisor
Please make certain to bring the following documents with
- During this meeting, the International Studies Advisor
will review the Memorandum you have brought with you to the
appointment. If everything is in order, the International
Studies Advisor will enter required information about your
Curricular Practical Training into SEVIS.
- Should USCIS approve the CPT, SEVIS will prompt the
International Services to print another SEVIS I-20 showing
Working beyond the expiration date of you CPT will
result in violation of your immigration status.