Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

Internships / Jobs During Degree Programs

What Is It?

  • Off-campus work authorization for F-1 students who are currently pursuing degree programs at Brooklyn College and have completed one academic year.
  • Employment must be related to student’s field of study and can be paid or unpaid.
  • Typically issued for internships or short-term employment opportunities.
  • Authorized by the Brooklyn College International Student and Scholar Services Office.

Duration of Employment

  • Employment authorization is given on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • CPT may be extended or renewed with advance approval.
  • Generally, students are limited to part-time work (20 or fewer hours per week) during the fall/spring semesters and full-time work during the summer; some graduate students may be eligible for full-time CPT.

Processing Time

  • Seven business days upon receipt of a complete CPT application to the office.

Student’s Role

  • Verify eligibility for CPT.
  • Obtain academic department approval and enroll in concurrent academic course as determined by academic department, if applicable.
  • Submit complete CPT application to Brooklyn College at least seven business days prior to beginning employment.

Proof of Authorization

  • A new CPT I-20 listing the authorized employer, address, dates of the authorization, and whether part-time or full-time employment has been granted on page 3.
  • Work cannot begin until student obtains authorization.

Employer’s Role

  • Provide student with an offer of employment.
  • Request a copy of the CPT I-20 from the student for I-9 purposes.
  • There is no cost to the employer, and the CPT application is entirely the responsibility of the student.

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