Curricular Practical Training For F-1 Students Only
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus work authorization which permits eligible F1 international students to engage in paid or unpaid employment which "is an integral part of the established curriculum." Employment includes alternate work/study internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum.
Integral part of an established curriculum means the opportunity must be required by the curriculum or, if not required, the student must receive academic credit for the training. Enrollment in a specified course must be concurrent with the employment (see CPT Start and End Date section). CPT is not possible for graduate students enrolled in GRAD 700. If an employment opportunity is solely sought because it is beneficial, relevant, or excellent professional/personal experience, it does NOT qualify for CPT. Student should seek advisement from ISS advisor regarding eligibility for other off-campus work permits.
If an employment opportunity is solely sought because it is beneficial, relevant, or excellent professional/personal experience, it does NOT qualify for CPT. Student must seek advisement regarding eligibility for other off-campus work permits.
Employer Specific Authorization
CPT is an employer specific work authorization. You are ONLY authorized to engage in employment as listed on your I-20. If a change in internship employment occurs before the beginning of the internship start date, then you MUST immediately notify International Office and CICE office and re-submit all required Internship/CPT application with an academic advisor's approval and a letter from a new internship employer.
Part-Time vs. Full-Time CPT
Application Procedure for Internships
Revised — August 2016