Who should complete the CPT Recommendation form?
The Faculty Supervisor should complete the CPT Recommendation form with information provided by the student. The student should not complete the form on their own.
Why do I need to do the CPT Recommendation form?
Students with F-1 visas are ineligible to work off-campus for any form of compensation unless they have approved work authorization. CPT (Curricular Practical Training) is one form of work authorization; it requires that the work be part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student's major.
What counts as compensation for employment?
Anything the student receives in return for off-campus work is considered compensation and is illegal unless the student has previously received work authorization through the Center for Global and Career Education and/or USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Compensation can include, but is not limited to, payment, lodging, transportation, meals, and discounts.
What if I have questions about completing the CPT Recommendation form?
It is the student's responsibility to know F-1 student visa regulations, and it is the International Student Advisers' role to assist students in understanding these regulations. Please contact an International Student Adviser (by email or by calling x1424) for any questions you may have when completing the CPT Recommendation form.
What do I need before I can complete the CPT Recommendation form?
The student will need to provide a letter outlining the offer of employment. This letter should contain a description of the work the student will be doing, dates of employment, whether it is full- or part-time, and the hiring organization's name and address. In addition to this information, you should discuss the ways this employment is related to the student's declared major and how this employment is related to their academic program.
What is the Internship Petition?
The Internship Petition is a form from the Office of the Registrar that is used to grant academic credit for work done in an internship or employment opportunity. Most College majors have 481, 381, and 281 course designations (called Internships, Field Studies, Other Field Experiences, etc.) that work well for granting academic credit for work done through CPT employment authorization. In addition to completing the Internship Petition with their Academic Adviser, the student must register for the course indicated on both the Internship Petition and the CPT Recommendation form. If you would like more information or have questions about the Internship Petition, please contact the Office of the Registrar.