Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
What is Curricular Practical Training?
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment authorization that allows students to complete internships/training off-campus. It is defined as any required internship/training that is an integral part of the established curriculum for a program of study. Only internships that are required or are essential for the completion of a degree and are directly related to the curriculum qualify as CPT.
How is CPT Authorized?
The International Programs Office will authorize CPT for employment/training/internships that adhere to government regulations. Students must review the requirements and plan accordingly. Be aware that internship/training that is "highly recommended" or for financial purposes do not qualify for CPT. Therefore, you should explore other options, including Optional Practical Training or Employment for Economic Hardship. If the educational component of your employment cannot be verified on this application, the CPT will not be approved by the International Programs Office.
Internship/Employment Eligibility for CPT:
- Degree requirement:CPT may be authorized when an internship is required of the degree program. (i.e. All students in the program must complete the internship to be eligible for the degree).
- Degree requirement:CPT may be authorized for students who are registered in a course offered through a major department for which an internship/employment is a requirement of the course.
- The Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application must be completed
- The application must be signed by:
- The student
- The internship site coordinator/supervisor
- Academic department/faculty advisor
- You must be in good academic standing and in valid F-1 status for 9 months prior to CPT
- The training is authorized for a specific job at a specific company for a specific duration of time
- You must be registered for internship/training credit while on CPT
- Dates of internship/training must be within the dates of the semester
- CPT will be authorized for one semester/term at a time
Guidelines for the job offer letter:
- You will need a job offer letter form the internship/training site
- The letter must be on original company letterhead
- The offer letter must include:
- Name and address of the employer
- Position offered including a description of the work
- Specific employment start and end dates
- Hourly or weekly wage
- Specify if the employment is full or part-time
- Original Signature