Student Employment, Internships, and Training

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.

Additional Resources for Off-Campus Authorizations

Beyond the information on this website, please build your understanding of off-campus authorizations through the Canvas modules and in-person workshops.

Canvas Modules

Watch the video and complete the corresponding quiz. A 100% quiz score is required to request CPT, OPT, or AT.

Watch the session and complete the corresponding required quiz.

In-Person WorkShops

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT)

  • Extension of OPT 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
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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
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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
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