Curricular Practical Training
**The Career Development Center and OIS are no longer accepting CPT applications for students who wish to engage in CPT during the fall 2014 semester, the deadline has passed. We will begin accepting applications from students who wish to engage in CPT during the spring 2015 semester on October 21, 2014. The final deadline to apply for Full-time CPT for the spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The final deadline to apply for Part-Time CPT for the spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The employment start date for the spring 2015 semester may be no earlier than December 19, 2014. If the spring 2015 semester is your final semester of required enrollment then your Co-op employment end date cannot be later than May 9, 2015. If the spring 2015 semester is not your final semester of required enrollment then your Co-op employment end date cannot be later than May 17, 2015.**
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment authorization for students in F-1 status who wish or need to engage in off-campus employment in their field of study when it is a required component of their curriculum, is integral to their thesis or dissertation research (e.g., collecting data or testing hypotheses in a real world industry environment) or part of a co-operative education program in their field of study. Many students do not engage in CPT during their studies, but many others do take advantage of this benefit. It is important for students to remember that CPT is a benefit of the F-1 visa status, not a right. CPT at NC State University is done in conjunction with Co-op enrollment, enrollment in research credits if basing CPT on thesis/dissertation or enrollment in an internship course if the CPT is a required component for all students in the curriculum. CPT is authorized on a semester by semester basis. Each semester of CPT requires a new complete application.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Students must have been enrolled full-time for at least nine months (two consecutive semesters) and be in F-1 status
- Students who have met the above requirement but are new to their degree program must also complete at least one semester in their curriculum at NC State
- Students must be maintaining lawful F-1 status
- Students must be in good academic standing (students whose academic programs are listed as suspended, terminated, probation or warning are not eligible for CPT)
- CPT will be revoked if the student does not maintain good academic standing throughout duration of the CPT authorization. It is the student’s responsibility to end employment immediately and report to OIS if the student is placed in suspended, terminated, probation, or warning status and if the student is involved in any academic integrity or student conduct violation or any other action that results in the loss of good academic standing
- Students must be making normal progress towards completion of their degree program
- Students must obtain the recommendation of their DGP/Undergraduate Advisor
- Before submitting the application for CPT, the student must be enrolled/registered for classes for the semester they plan to use CPT. Additionally, students applying for summer CPT must register for subsequent Fall semester coursework prior to submitting CPT/Co-op materials
- CPT cannot delay or interfere with the student's progress in the degree program
- Student's employer must not prevent the student from discussing the co-op activities with their academic advisors at NC State
Full-time and Part-time CPT:
Part-time (<20 hours per week) CPT is possible for eligible students (concurrent full-time enrollment is required in the Fall and Spring semesters). Full-time CPT during the Fall or Spring semester will only be authorized if the CPT is a required or integral part of the student's degree program or thesis or dissertation.
International students at NC State are limited to a combined total of 20 hours of employment during the academic year (inclusive of on-campus and any CPT). Students may be eligible for employment beyond 20 hours per week during the academic year if the CPT is justified because it is a standard requirement of the academic program or integral to the student’s thesis or dissertation. On campus employment cannot exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year.
- If a non-thesis student holds a .5 TA/RA position in a given semester, no CPT may be authorized for that semester.
- If a non-thesis student holds a .25 TA/RA position in a given semester, 10 hours of CPT may be authorized for that semester.
- If a thesis student holds a .5 TA/RA for a given semester but CPT is integral to the student's thesis research and is recommended by the student's thesis advisor and DGP as integral, then CPT may be authorized and total employment may exceed 20 hours per week, but total employment should not exceed 40 hours per week.
CPT Application Process:
OIS provides you with an online CPT session that you can complete at your convenience. Once you complete the online CPT session, you need to log on to Moodle and enroll yourself in the CPT course (https://moodle-projects.wolfware.ncsu.edu/course/view.php?id=545) to take the quiz. You'll need to pass this quiz and print the results page.
Once you have completed the online CPT session and passed the quiz, it is time to secure a position:
If you need help finding a position or would like to improve your interviewing skills, resume or want to learn about the expectations of American employers, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your Career Counselor. You may make an appointment through ePACK or by calling 919-515-2300. The Career Development Center is located in 2100 Pullen Hall.
Once you have secured an internship, please complete the application steps:
- Review the offer letter you have received and make sure you have the following items in writing from your employer: (1) Job title, (2) job description, (3) salary, (4) number of hours you will work per week, (5) start date, (6) end date, and (7) the specific work location (the address where YOU will work). If you do not have all of the details listed above please show this to your employer and request these details be added, as you will not be authorized for CPT until all 7 components are confirmed in writing by the employer.
- Read the entire CPT Information Packet and complete the F-1 Student Application for CPT.
- Submit your offer letter and the F-1 Student Application for CPT to your DGP or Undergraduate Academic Advisor and ask them the complete the Academic Advisor’s Recommendation Form for CPT (see page 2 in link).
- E-mail or hand the CPT Supplemental Form to your future employer and ask them to complete it and give it back to you to include in your application packet for your appointment with the Career Development Center.
- Schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center (2100 Pullen Hall, 515-2300) to review your CPT application package and your registration for the semester in which you would like to engage in CPT (make sure you bring a MyPack print out of your registration for the CPT semester).
- Once the Career Development Center has approved your CPT application, the Career Development Center will scan and submit your application to OIS. You will receive an automated email from OIS when this occurs.
- OIS will review your application materials to confirm if you qualify for CPT. You do not need visit OIS after the Career Development Center has scanned your materials. OIS will only accept CPT applications submitted by the Career Development Center. If your application is approved by OIS, you will receive your work authorization documents within 10 business days. OIS will e-mail you to pick up your work authorization documents from the OIS office.
Note: It is your responsibility to read the entire CPT Information Packet. Please note the deadlines posted at the top of this page. Please make sure you are registered for the semester you wish to participate in CPT before submitting your CPT application to the Career Development Center. Please begin the CPT application process early. We recommend you start at least one month prior to your expected CPT start date.
If you have questions, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page on CPT.
Accept A Job Offer In Good Faith
When you accept an offer, you should have every intention of honoring that commitment. Accepting an offer only as a precautionary measure is misleading to the employer and may restrict opportunities for others who are genuinely interested in that employer.
Withdraw From Recruiting When Your Job Search Is Completed.
If you accept an offer or decide that full-time graduate or professional studies are for you, notify your career center and withdraw from the on-campus recruiting process immediately. And, let employers that are actively considering you for a job know that you are now out of the running. By informing everyone that you've got a job or are headed to graduate school, you not only get the chance to brag, but also to help your friends who are trying to get on interview schedules or who are being considered for positions.
It is also good practice (and recommended by OIS) to speak with your academic advisor or Director of Graduate Programs (DGP) if you are faced with a dilemma about accepting a job offer. Your academic advisor or DGP can help you make the best decision and advise you about professional expectations.
For more information regarding students' responsibilities when accepting job offers please visit the NACE - the National Association for Colleges and Employers web page (http://naceweb.org/playing_fair/) or contact the Cooperative Education Office.
Extension of CPT
Students who are eligible for and would like to request an extension of a current CPT (i.e. an additional few days or weeks within the same semester) for the same employer (nothing has changed except the new ending date) will need to request the employer to e-mail their OIS advisor and Co-op advisor confirming the new end date and that the student's job location, job title and description have not changed. This email must be received 3 weeks prior to the current CPT end date or the extension will not be processed and you must stop working on your CPT end date, no exceptions.
Students who are eligible for and would like to request a second rotation or additional semester of CPT should complete the CPT application materials again by following the steps outlined above, all new material will be required.
Note: Students on an approved CPT are not eligible to continue working beyond the end date of the CPT authorization as indicated on the third page of the I-20. It is the student's responsibility to request the extension of a current CPT in a timely manner (recommended at least three weeks prior to the expiration of the current CPT rotation).
Time spent doing CPT is not subtracted from the 12 month maximum period of OPT (Optional Practical Training), but students who engage in 12 months or more of full-time CPT are ineligible for any OPT. Students who engage in off-campus employment without obtaining CPT authorization, or who work before or after the approved dates on the CPT authorization as listed on the Form I-20, or who are employed differently than defined by the CPT authorization on page three of the I-20 will be considered to have engaged in unlawful employment. Full-time CPT in the Fall or Spring semester does not meet full-time student status for university purposes, but is allowable for the purpose of maintaining F-1 status for a given semester (that is, no course enrollment is necessary for immigration purposes, but students should obtain the approval of their DGP or Coordinator of Advising).
In order to accept salary or wage payment from U.S.-based source, it is necessary to obtain a Social Security Number.