Securing Work Authorization for Internships
International students can apply for many internships for academic credit, including internships through the Learn and Earn program. An international student with an F-1 Visa becomes eligible to obtain work authorization for temporary, off-campus employment directly related to their major once they complete 24 credits accumulated over a Fall and Spring Semester. ELL and developmental courses do not count toward the 24 credits. Additionally, international students must have an internship course listed in their program of study, and the principal work tasks in the internship must be directly related to the student’s field of study.
Once a student is eligible to apply for work authorization and has been through a successful interview process, the potential employer must provide an official offer letter. The Director of Internships and Career Development will then write a letter of confirmation that the student meets eligibility requirements and has been enrolled in the required internship course. These two letters will be shared with the student’s International Student Advisor to apply for “CPT” or Curricular Practical Training. CPT provides one semester of work authorization and limits a student to work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, or full-time when school is not in session. Once CPT is approved, the student must apply for a Social Security number before starting their internship assignment.
On-Campus Work Opportunities
International students may be eligible to work at a qualifying on-campus job for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, or full-time during periods when school is not in session. On-campus work opportunities are often available within offices including LifeMap and Student Central. Students should contact these offices to inquire about available opportunities. Students should work with their International Student Advisor to ensure the position qualifies as on-campus employment and to obtain a Social Security number prior to beginning work.
For specific questions about your status or work authorization eligibility, please contact the International Center.