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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
If you wish to accept employment off-campus, you should pursue Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is defined as employment which is an integral part of an established curriculum, including: “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” Source: [8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i)]. CPT is available only prior to the completion of your degree program and you must have a job offer at the time of application. CPT employment may not delay completion of the academic program.
To be eligible for CPT, you must:
- Have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one academic year unless your academic program requires immediate participation for all students.
- Be in lawful F-1 status
- Have CSUEB approved health insurance
- Have a job offer/internship offer related to your major
- You must be still working towards the completion of the academic program indicated on your I-20. If you have completed all degree requirements (even if you have not filed for graduation), you are no longer eligible for CPT.
- You must be a student in good academic standing. If you are on Academic Probation or Disqualification, you will NOT be authorized for CPT.
- The employment must be considered an ‘integral part’ of your academic program.
- You must enroll in either your academic department's Internship class or the General Studies (GS) Internship class for that semester.
- You must be enrolled full time or have approval for a Reduced Course Load
NOTE: CPT is processed and authorized term by term.
Part-Time vs. Full-Time CPT
Part-time CPT: Employment for 20 hours or less per week is considered part-time. While a full-time student, you will only be authorized for
Full-time CPT: Employment for more than 20 hours per week is full-time. You are only eligible for full-time CPT during the Summer term as it is considered your annual vacation. If Summer is your last time, you are only eligible for Part-Time CPT
Documentation Needed to Apply
- Internship Offer letter from the employer. The letter must:
- Be written on the company's letterhead
- Be addressed to you
- Include job title
- Detailed internship description (at least a few sentences describing specific duties, tasks, goals, etc.)
- Specify the street address where employment will take place (street, city, state, and zip code)
- Specify the number of hours per week you will work
- Specific start and end dates of CPT employment (keep in mind that CPT can only be authorized one term at a time).
- CalState S4 (CalStateS4 for CSU East Bay)
- Internship Site must have a partnership with CalState S4
- You will have to indicate your placement at the internship site for a specific term.
- Internship Enrollment
- Your academic department can help with this. If you are trying to add the class after the add/drop deadline, you will need to pay for the class at the cashier’s office and bring the receipt to CIE at your appointment time.
- If you are enrolling in GS 498 or GS 698, please email email@example.com for more information
- NOTE: Not all departments will allow you to add the Internship class after the add/drop deadline
- Email the following documents to CIE (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Internship offer letter
Documentationyou have accepted the placement at an internship site in CalState S4
- CPT Request Form
- Your I-20 will be emailed to you
Incomplete CPT applications will not be accepted.
More information and request form is available in the CPT Handout.