International Students

Current increased scrutiny of work authorization requests necessitates all international students stay informed. F-1 and J-1 students are encouraged to read the International Student Services (ISS) website; pay close attention to and save the ISS newsletter; and as needed, present questions directly to ISS staff.

To participate in an off-campus internship, international students must obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization, and be registered for academic credit corresponding with their curriculum. 

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Steps Required to Obtain CPT

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

  1. Report your internship to the Internships and Experiential Learning team 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) learning agreement.
  3. After receiving the documents noted above, our office will complete your academic registration and write an advisor letter requesting CPT. 
  4. Our staff will send you an email with two PDF attachments, including proof of academic registration and the advisor letter. 
  5. You will use these attachments to complete an online request for CPT from the ISS office. Detailed instructions can be found on the ISS website under the "Application Process" heading (you will need to scroll down the page).
  6. Log into https://ubisss.buffalo.edu and click the blue LOGIN button. This will begin your online process of requesting CPT from the ISS office. 
  7. ISS will process your CPT request (allow 5-7 days) and you will be issued a new I-20.
  8. Then, you can begin your internship.

Parameters

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 usually limited to a maximum of two CPT requests. Additional CPT requests may be permitted under special circumstances only after review by IEL staff. 
  • CPT limits internship participation to a maximum of 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, and a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer.
  • Students extending a fall internship over the winter break will be asked to obtain winter session CPT.
  • Once you have accepted an internship offer, stop interviewing with other employers. Requests to switch internship placements introduces risk and may be rejected.

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.

Undergraduate students

  • 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) before your paid internship begins.

Students working on-campus for UB do not need CPT but still need to obtain an SSN.