Center for International Education


Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is a type of off-campus employment and requires authorization from ISS. You must meet with ISS to discuss in advance your eligibility. CPT provides you authorization during your program of study to engage in temporary employment (such as an internship) to gain practical experience in your major.

ISS holds quarterly CPT and OPT Workshops, and can meet with students individually to discuss your employment options.

What is an internship?
An internship is a short term opportunity (typically 3 weeks to 6 months) to provide practical experience related to your field of study.

Contact the Career Center to learn about internship opportunties, how to build your resume, how to search for jobs, and how to prepare for your job interview! UW Career Centers have excellent resources about internships and how to search for an appropriate experience: