Employment opportunities for F-1 and J-1 international students are restricted. Never accept or engage in paid or unpaid off-campus employment, internships, fellowships, or other training without prior authorization from OGS. International students should not plan to meet their education or personal living expenses through employment earnings.

Required Employment Sessions

Completion of an employment session is required for off-campus work authorization from OGS. In-person and online sessions are offered year-round.

Watch the session and complete the corresponding required quiz.

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Students must RSVP to the session they wish to attend. RSVPs open 2 weeks prior to the event.

Future Employment Sessions (PDF)


F-1 On-Campus Employment
  • Work on campus prior to graduation
  • Position does not need to relate to major field of study
  • Must apply for SSN
F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Work off campus prior to graduation
  • Position directly related to major field of study
  • Need job offer to apply
  • Does not deduct from Post-Completion OPT
F-1 Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Work off campus prior to graduation
  • Position directly related to major field of study
  • Authorized periods deducted from Post-Completion OPT 12-month bank 
  • Need government approval
F-1 Work with an International Organization (IO)
  • Work off campus prior to graduation
  • Employment does not need to relate to major field of study
  • Need job offer from accepted international organization to apply
  • Need government approval
F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (oPT)
  • Work off campus after graduation (up to 12 months)
  • Position directly related to major field of study
  • Need government approval
F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Extension of Optional Practical Training up to 24 months ONLY for students with a current OPT period and a degree in a STEM field 
  • Need job offer to apply
  • Need government approval
  • Evaluation requirement
J-1 On-Campus Employment
  • Work on campus prior to graduation
  • Position does not need to relate to major field of study
  • Must renew authorization each semester
  • Must apply for SSN
J-1 Academic Training (AT)
  • Work off campus prior to or after graduation
  • Position directly related to major field of study
  • Need job offer to apply
  • Evaluation requirement