Students enrolled in a college, university, conservatory or seminary whose training programs are "an integral part of an established curriculum" may apply to International Student Services for curricular practical training (CPT) authorization. Such training is defined as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school."
You are eligible to apply for CPT authorization if the following applies to you:
If you meet the above eligibility criteria, you will need to make an appointment with International Student Services to obtain authorization on the 3rd page of your I-20. The CPT process does not need to be sent to USCIS or need money to process the application. You will need to bring the following documentation before your appointment with International Student Services:
Please note: Students must remember to LIMIT working full-time under CPT for less than 12 months. If you EXCEED 12 months you will lose your OPT privileges.