Curricular practical training (CPT) is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
CPT is not supplemental training experience, but rather an integral part of an established curriculum. Please see OPT, if your training experience is not curricular.
- 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.
You can apply and receive CPT more than once as long as you are academically eligible.
CPT is required for:
- Unpaid internships.
- Paid internships.
- Any off-campus fieldwork with an "employer".
- Any off-campus practicum with an "employer".
CPT offer letter requirements:
- You will need a signed offer letter on the company's letterhead that states the following:
An offer of employment or work contract is not the same as a CPT offer letter. Start/end dates and purpose of the training must align with the curricular requirement.
Always discuss off-campus opportunities with ISS 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".
You can apply for CPT at https://iss.uwb.edu/.
Apply in advance! CPT Authorization cannot be backdated and can take 3 -5 business days to process. If you are an undergraduate student, you must have declared your major to apply.
Come to the CPT information session!
ISS will share information to help you through the application process, and answer your questions.
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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!
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GDM Private Financial Solutions
Apollo Video Technology
Penn Schon Berland
Pacific Science Center