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International Students

To work off campus in an internship, international students must obtain proper work authorization, called Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and be registered for academic credit corresponding with the internship concentration. Our program works closely with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to enable work authorization for internships.

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Steps Required to Obtain CPT

International students are permitted to begin an internship only after CPT is fully authorized and a new I-20 has been issued. Our program is the first step in this process for international students in the School of Management.  

  1. Report your internship to the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning by clicking "Report My Internship" from your homepage in BizLink.
  2. Our staff will contact your internship supervisor and request a formal offer letter along with our signed Management by Objectives (MBO) contract.
  3. After receiving the documents noted above, our office will complete your academic registration and write an advisor letter requesting CPT.
  4. You will pick up the proof of registration and the advisor letter from our office in the Career Resource Center and walk it over to the office of ISSS to submit.
  5. ISSS will process your CPT request (allow 5-7 days) and you will be issued a new I-20.
  6. Then, you can begin your internship.


All students

  • All students in F-1 visa status must be present in the U.S. for nine months before participating in an internship.
  • International students in the School of Management are limited to a maximum of two CPT requests. A second internship/second CPT may be permitted under special circumstances only after review by IEL staff. 
  • CPT limits internship involvement to 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, and 40 hours per week during the summer.
  • Once you have accepted an internship offer, stop interviewing with other employers. Our office does not support requests to switch internship placements.

Graduate students

  • You are required to complete the entire first year of your program before participating in an internship.   
  • All graduate students are allowed a maximum of 3 credits (one internship) to count toward graduation.
  • MBA students waived from the internship requirement must void their waiver through our office to participate in an internship.
  • Alumni cannot earn academic credit for internships after graduation. 

Undergraduate students

  • You must be a junior before you can participate in an internship.
  • You are allowed a maximum of 6 credits (two internships) to count toward graduation.

Earning Money

International students are able to earn both money and academic credit during a paid internship as offered by the employer. In addition to CPT, you must also secure a Social Security number (SSN) for your internship employer to pay you.