Center for International Education

CPT

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type authorization for short-term off-campus experiences.

CPT must:
  • Be in your field of study
  • Be integral or required for your degree
  • Be registered for course credit (talk to your academic advisor to see if you are eligible)
  • Last no longer than one quarter
Note:

You can apply and receive CPT more than once as long as you are academically eligible. 

CPT is required for:
  • Unpaid employment or internships
  • Paid employment or internships
  • Fieldwork
 
CPT offer letter requirements:
  • You will need a signed offer letter on the company's letterhead that states the following:
    • The site address you will be working.
    • Your start and end dates that must not pre-date or exceed the current quarter.
    • A detailed description of your duties.


Remember!

Always discuss off-campus opportunities with CIE even if they are offered by your course or professor. Working without authorization is considered a serious violation of your F-1 status. Please do not assume you are "volunteering".


Apply

You can apply for CPT at https://cie.uwb.edu.

Apply in advance! CPT Authorization cannot be backdated and can take 3 -5 business days to process. 


Additional Resources

Workshop Calendar

Come to the CPT information session!

CIE will share information to help you through the application process, and answer your questions. 

View the calendar

UW Bothell Career Services

Career Services provides students with valuable resources and guidance ranging from preparing your resume/cover letter, to how to find job openings through HuskyJobs. Visit Career Center's online resources and special international student section to utilize the resources and attend their upcoming workshops and career events! 

Find Companies Hiring Int'l Students

The Goinglobal database helps you find internships or jobs in the U.S.


Notable companies where students are interning:

GDM Private Financial Solutions
Univar
Apollo Video Technology
Tyler Technologies
Penn Schon Berland
TEC
Dropbox
T-Mobile
AVA Retail
Carpool
Tyemill
Pacific Science Center
Accolade
 

Nike
Dingyi Group
S5 Solutions
TSRI
Amazon
OEC Group
Costco
Renaissance Consulting
Offer Up
Nintex
Expedia