Steps and Requirements for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

(Effective Fall, 2013)

  • Before your CPT will be approved, you must have:
    • Completed an academic year in full-time status (fall and spring semesters);
    • A cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.0 and an approved plan of study before leaving campus on CPT.
    • An approved plan of study.
  • If you are an  F-1 international student and  plan to work off campus, you are required to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). F-1 students must complete the ISS online CPT workshop and receive written employment authorization from ISS before beginning employment. The online workshop is at Forms to apply for CPT can be downloaded from the ISS web site or picked up at the ISS office.  At the completion of the on-line workshop you will be prompted to sign up for a CPT follow-up session with an ISS immigration counselor. Students may NOT begin CPT until they have received a new CPT I-20 showing employment authorization. Students in J-1 status should check with ISS regarding application requirements for academic training (AT). If you have further questions regarding CPT /AT instructions, forms or processing times, please contact the ISS Office in Schleman Hall, Room 136.  
  • If you are a domestic student, you only need register for ME 69600 through the set registration procedures.  You may opt to not register for ME 69600 if you have an internship.
  • If you are MS thesis option, Direct PhD or PhD student, you are required to be enrolled in 1 hour of thesis research (ME 69800 or ME 69900) in addition to the 1 credit hour of ME 69600.
  • You will not be approved for CPT in a semester which you are scheduled to:
    1. take or re-take Area Exams for the first time, or
    2. plan to register as a candidate.
  • An offer letter from the company must be submitted when registering for the course.  The letter must include:
    • The  title of the position;
    • Dates of employment (start and end dates);
    • The mailing address, including zip code of the employment location;
    • The number of work hours per week;
    • Salary, and a brief description of the job duties and responsibilities.
  • Meet with the ME Graduate Program Administrator to register for ME 69600.