Purpose: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary employment authorization for International students in F-1 Student visa status. CPT allows students to take an off-campus training/internship which is required by the major for a specific period of time
Length: CPT is semester based. CPT will begin no earlier than the first day of instruction and must end no later than the last day of final exams for the semester
Internship: Students must enroll in an internship course. The internship course should be an integral part of students’ established curriculum. Please note not all majors at CSUSM have internship courses that corresponds to CPT. Therefore, not all F-1 students at CSUSM are eligible for CPT
How to obtain CPT: Students must request CPT authorization from the Office of Global Education. CPT is granted by F1 International Student Advisors at CSUSM
You must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for CPT:
Compensation is not a consideration when determining whether an opportunity qualifies as CPT. Any off-campus internship positions, whether paid or unpaid, requires CPT before you begin the employment. Under no circumstance can you begin working – not even as a volunteer – before your CPT is approved. Volunteering for a position which normally provides compensation is considered “employment” and is therefore not permitted without appropriate authorization.