You must be in F1 student status
You must have completed at least 2 full-time semesters immediately prior
Internship must be directly related to your academic program
You must enroll in appropriate university credit for the internship
You must have authorization through ISS before you start work
Students in the Intensive English Program and Pathway Program are not eligible for CPT
IMPORTANT: CPT is limited to part-time (20 hours or less) during the Fall and Spring semester. During summer and winter breaks, CPT may be full-time. This makes it difficult to participate in on-campus work and CPT during the semester.
It is not usually possible to do a graduate assistantship and a non-required internship during the Fall or Spring semester because of the 20 hours/week work limit.
Each semester of internship requires a separate CPT authorization.
If you complete 12 months of full-time CPT then you will not be able to apply for OPT work authorization.
Plan your internship start date to allow enough time for the CPT application to be completed (approximately 3-4 weeks).