Curricular (CPT) / Optional (OPT) Practical Training

International students on F-1 VISAs who have secured an offer from a company to work during the summer or academic year are eligible to do so with College approval in one of two ways.

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): applied for well in advance of the summer internship. Only requires College Office approval in order to begin the process with ISSS and USCIS. USCIS approval normally takes up to 90 days.

To participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT), a student in the College must:

1. Confirm that he or she meets the CPT Eligibility Requirements.

2. Follow all ISSS instructions.

3. Follow all College instructions.

4. Qualify to participate in an independent study which is credit bearing either in the students’ major or a related department whose study is related to the internship. Students and instructors must follow all department rules for independent study creation set by the department in which the instructor teaches.

5. Work with their College Major Undergraduate Chair to complete the Cooperative Agreement between the internship and the major.

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