Because the purpose of their presence in the United States is to complete an academic program, federal immigration regulations provide F-1 and J-1 students limited opportunities to engage in employment. For the most part, any employment that is allowed must enhance the learning that is taking place in the classroom, and therefore must be directly related to a student's program of study at Georgetown. The Office of Global Services often relies on the academic department to verify that relationship when signing forms for work authorization (with the exception of on-campus positions and Work with an International Organization).
Compensation for services rendered is not a consideration when determining whether or not a student needs to obtain work authorization prior to beginning employment. F-1 and J-1 students at Georgetown are required to obtain work authorization for all off-campus positions, whether paid or unpaid.
F-1 and J-1 students have separate processes for securing work authorization, and students are required to attend an in-person information session or watch an online information session prior to receiving authorization. Please see the links below for additional details on the authorization processes.
Off-Campus Employment for F-1 Students
- Curricular Practical Training
- Work with an International Organization
- Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training
- Post-Completion Optional Practical Training
Off-Campus Employment for J-1 Students