Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization linked to an academic program in order to allow students to participate in either an internship or training required of all students obtaining that degree or employment that is for academic/degree credit and is an integral part of the degree program. Therefore, you must be enrolled in your internship course when requesting CPT. Since CPT must be part of your academic program it is not available after you complete your academic program. Students must receive CPT authorization when enrolled in their internship or practicum class whether it is paid or unpaid. Please see volunteering restrictions HERE.
CPT must be authorized BEFORE you begin working!
CPT is authorized per semester. If you enroll in the same internship for a different semester, you must receive CPT authorization. For example, if you are interning at Acme Health during Summer 2019 and would like to continue interning with Acme Health for Fall 2019, you must renew your CPT request to International Services Office *BEFORE* you begin your internship in Fall.
Changing an internship in the same semester also requires authorization from the International Services Office. For example, if you are working with Acme Health during June and you would like to work with Baca Health in July, you must receive authorization from the International Services Office *BEFORE* you begin your internship.
If you have been lawfully enrolled in school full-time for two semesters and are currently in F1 status, you may be eligible for Curricular Practical Training. CPT is a departmental privilege, and thus may be revoked for academic reasons at any time. In order to apply for CPT, students must submit the CPT Application Form and a job offer letter from their potential employer on the company’s letterhead, which must include the following information:
Your full name
Company name and address (physical address, not a P.O. Box)
Position title with a job description
Supervisor’s name, phone number, and e-mail address
Salary/hourly wage for the position
Number of hours per week to be worked
Start Date and End Date
Course you are enrolled in such as HMAP 5397