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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary internship or practicum for students to gain practical experience in their field of study.

Curricular Practical Training must meet one of the following requirements:

1) It is required by the major

2) It is for an internship course for which you will receive credit that counts toward your graduation requirements

If it does not meet one of these requirements, the training has to be authorized as pre-completion Optional Practical Training. Check with the International Student Advisor to see if you meet the requirements for CPT and if the work qualifies for CPT.

Curricular Practical training may be:

1) Paid or Unpaid

2) Full-time during regular university breaks (more than 20 hours) or part-time during the academic semester (less than 20 hours).

Please note: Twelve months or more of full-time CPT will disqualify the student for Optional Practical Training (OPT), however, no amount of part-time CPT will count against the 12 month total for OPT.

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students must be lawfully enrolled in full-time studies for at least one academic year to be eligible for CPT.
  • Graduate students can participate in CPT immediately if it is required by the academic program; otherwise, the full-time attendance requirement for one academic year applies.

Here is the procedure to apply for CPT:

The International Student Advisor grants permission to participate in CPT. Students must have an offer of employment prior to requesting CPT. Requests for CPT must be made at least 10 business days before the student plans to begin the internship or practicum. It is not possible to request retroactive CPT. Students will receive a new I-20 authorized for CPT when it is approved and must adhere to the employment authorization detailed on page 3 of the I-20.

1) Obtain a letter from your Academic Advisor. It should include the following information, depending on which requirement for CPT it meets:

CPT that will apply as an internship:

  • Verification of full-time student status
  • Anticipated program completion date
  • Internship course number and title and number of credits
  • A statement that, "The internship is an integral part of the student's curriculum." and a detailed description of how it is directly related to and meets the goals of the class
  • Confirmation that the internship will count towards fulfilling degree requirements
  • Start and End dates of the internship - month, date, and year

CPT that will apply as a practicum or research for graduate thesis or dissertation:

  • Verification of full-time student status
  • Anticipated program completion date
  • A statement that, "The internship is an integral part of the student's curriculum." and a detailed description of how it is directly related to and meets the goals of the class
  • Start and End dates of the internship - month, date, and year

2) Obtain a letter from the employer on company letterhead with the following information:

  • Student's job title
  • Student's job responsibilities
  • Start and End dates of the student's employment period - month, date, and year
  • Number of hours per week the student will work
  • Name and contact information for the student's direct supervisor

3) Meet with the International Student Advisor and bring the following documents:

  • Letter from Academic Advisor
  • Letter from employer

Walk-In Hours

Spring 2015

Walk in to the office without an appointment during these times for assistance:

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 pm

Wednesdays, 2 - 4 pm

Can't make it during walk-in hours? Contact us to schedule an appointment at your convenience.