spacer spacer spacer
spacer spacer
UMDNJ  
spacer

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. Attend the "Off-Campus Employment" workshop and obtain a stamped "Certification for CPT form" from the date you attended the workshop

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

  • 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. If the job offer letter does not contain all of the information requested on page 1 of the Certification for CPT form, then page 1 must be submitted with the job offer letter, signed by the employer.

3. If you are applying for a practicum based CPT, you must submit the following:

  • Certification for CPT form completed by your registrar.

4. 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:

  • Certification for Curricular Practical Training form
  • 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.

 spacer


 spacer
 clear
Copyright 2013, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.
spacer
spacer spacer