Last time I have introduced the Optional Practical Training (OPT) information, this time I am going to introduce Curricular Practice Training (CPT) for international students who would like to get an internship in the United States while enrolling in the university. To be eligible for CPT, the student must have stayed in the United States for at least 9 months and CPT must be done before graduation. CPT must relate to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study. A student must be enrolled full time regardless of whether they intend to work part time of full time for their internship. If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are ineligible for OPT, but part-time CPT is fine and will not stop you from doing OPT.
Before applying for CPT, students must secure job offers and allow at least 5 business days for application processing. A student must not begin working until they have received the I-20 bearing work authorization.
A complete CPT application must contain the following documents:
1. CPT verification form signed by academic advisor
2. A copy of the completed by-arrangement form signed by the instructor or the department chair
3. A letter from the employer
For more information visit http://oia.pdx.edu/intl_students/f1/opt_cpt