Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
What is CPT?
Any international student enrolled in a college, university or seminary whose academic program is “an integral part of an established curriculum” may apply to the international student advisor for approval of curricular practical training. Such training is defined as alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required training/internship offered by the program of study.
You can apply for CPT approval if you have met the following criteria:
1. You are maintaining lawful F-1 student status.
2. You have completed at least nine (9) months of full-time study.
3. CPT must either be a major requirement, a specific course requirement, or part of a cooperative education agreement between LSCS and a company. It cannot be used to fulfill elective requirements.
4. Students are only allowed to intern 20 hours or less per week and only allowed to intern for the credit hours required for the course. Students are allowed 40 hours during their summer vacation or when school is out of session.
Complete the CPT academic advisor verification form and meet with your international student advisor with the following documents:
Current SEVIS I-20
Current unofficial transcript
Photocopy of page(s) in the LSCS course catalog which show that the internship is a requirement of your program of study
Proof of enrollment in CPT/internship credits
‘Intent to Hire’ letter from the company/institution where you will work including the name of the company, location (city and state) brief job description, dates of employment and the number of hours that you will work per week.
Important Note: You cannot start a paid internship/curricular training without a prior approval from your International Student Advisor. If you worked without approval, it is considered illegal employment and you are considered out of status.
For additional information, contact the LSC System International Programs & Services Office or the contacts below: