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CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING

Curricular Practical Training is employment authorization granted to an individual who has been in lawful full-time student status for at least one academic year. It is “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”. Such employment must be in the student’s field of study, and it must be an integral part of the curriculum or degree.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may fall under one of two categories:

1. Internship: the work component is a required part of a course that you are taking for degree credit. The course may be an elective course; however any credits must be absorbed into the curriculum towards a degree.

2. Practicum: this is a non-credit employment or fieldwork experience that is required by your department of all degree candidates in your program.

CPT is available only if one of these categories is included in the curriculum of your degree program. Because every program has different academic requirements, not every student at RBHS will be able to take advantage of CPT.

Eligibility

Students wishing to pursue CPT must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have been in the U.S. enrolled in full-time studies for at least one academic year
  • You must have a valid I-20 form and an active SEVIS record
  • You must have a job offer prior to obtaining work authorization

Limitations

  • CPT is typically done on a part-time (up to 20 hours per week) basis during the school year and on a full-time basis during vacation periods. Exceptions may apply for graduate students depending on the structure of the individual student's curriculum
  • The employment is employer specific. Once CPT has been authorized, the student must obtain authorization prior to changing employers
  • You may not begin CPT without prior authorization from the OIS. Retroactive authorization is not possible

Application Process

1. If you are applying for credit-bearing CPT, you must submit the following:

  • A letter from your school’s registrar stating that you have registered for an internship course; the number of credits earned for the course; the course number; beginning and ending dates of employment; number of hours per week of work; employer’s name; indication that such employment is an integral part of your degree program; the anticipated completion date of your studies. Detail how the internship is evaluated and how it fulfills the goals of the class. Verification that the course credit will count toward fulfilling your degree requirements.
  • Letter from your School Registrar showing proof of full-time enrollment at RBHS
  • Letter from your employer (on company letterhead) indicating the job title, dates of employment, number of hours per week, and brief description of the work you will be performing

2. If you are applying for a practicum based OPT, you must submit the following:

  • A letter from your school’s registrar stating that the practicum is an integral part of the degree program and is required for the degree (this must be indicated as such in the school bulletin) and that the employment is required of all students in your program. The letter must also indicate the name and address of the employer; beginning and ending dates of employment; number of hours/week of work; employer’s name; Also include the anticipated completion date of your studies.


3. Once you have obtained this documentation, you must make an appointment  

    with a Designated School Official at the OIS. You must present the following

    documentation at the time of your appointment:

  • Copy of current I-20 (page 1 & 3)
  • Letter from School’s Registrar
  • Letter from your employer (on its letterhead) indicating the job title, dates of employment, number of hours/week, and brief description of the work.

REMEMBER: YOU MAY NOT BEGIN WORK UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED AUTHORIZATION FROM THE OIS. ENGAGING IN UNAUTHORIZED EMPLOYMENT IS CONSIDERED A VIOLATION OF STATUS AND GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION OF THE F-1 RECORD.

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