Center for International Education


Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is a type of off-campus employment requires prior authorization from CIE and Immigration Services. You must meet with CIE to discuss in advance your eligibility. OPT provides F-1 students with an opportunity for hands-on work experience related to the academic field of study after graduation. Students must apply to USCIS within 90 days before the end date of the quarter in which they anticipate to graduate.

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

How do I find a job?

ISS encourages you to utilize the resources and services that UW Bothell's Career Center provides to all students, such as creating your resume, how to job hunt online, how to prepare for your interview, and what types of jobs fit your field of study.

What Kinds of Jobs Can I Do While on OPT?

OPT work authorization requires you to gain work expeience related to your field of study. The following are helpful websites provided by UW Career Centers to assist in creating ideas of the types of jobs that you could consider looking for: