CPT allows you, as an F-1 student, to accept paid, off-campus employment that is an integral part of the curriculum of your degree program. CPT employment must be directly related to your major area of study.
CPT is divided into two categories:
Internship: the employment is a mandatory part of a course that you are taking for degree credit. The course may be an elective, but the credit must count toward your degree.
Practicum: this is a non-credit employment or fieldwork experience that your department requires of all degree candidates in your program.
CPT is available only if one of these categories is included in the curriculum of your degree program. Because every program has different academic requirements, not every student at NYU will be able to take advantage of CPT.
In order to qualify for CPT, you must meet the following criteria
Download an OGS F-1 Curricular Practical Training Request Form. Complete the top half of the form and have the bottom half completed by your academic advisor, dean, department chair, or program coordinator. Your department must endorse your request for CPT by signing and completing the form; confirming:
Drop off your completed OGS F-1 Curricular Practical Training Request Form along with the following documents at least 10 business days prior to the anticipated start date of your internship or practicum during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If eligible, the OGS will authorize you to engage in CPT by issuing an updated I-20. You may not begin employment until you have received your updated I-20.
Once you receive your authorization for CPT, you must apply for a Social Security number if you don't already have one. You must have a Social Security number before you can be paid.
CPT is typically done on a part-time (up to 20 hours per week) basis during the school year and on a full-time basis during vacation periods. Exceptions may apply for graduate students depending on the structure of the individual student's curriculum.
You may not begin CPT without prior authorization from the OGS. Retroactive authorization is not possible.
If your program does not have an internship option or fieldwork requirement, you are not eligible for CPT. Please read our instructions on Optional Practical Training (OPT) instead.
Note that if you work over 12 months of full-time CPT, you will forfeit all OPT.