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Internship Procedures for International Students

The Center for International Education and the Career Development Center work together to ensure your internship experience adheres to visa regulations.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

  • CPT is an employment option available to students who have an F-1 visa.
  • CPT is a paid or unpaid internship that requires authorization from the Center for International Education (CIE).
  • Undergraduate students must participate in Department Based CPT, or the Career Development Center Internship Class. Forms are available at CIE.
  • Graduate students may only participate in Department Based CPT.
  • Students are able to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular semester, and a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer and vacation periods.
  • Working for more than 11 months of full-time CPT may result in denial of a post-completion OPT request.
  • Students MAY NOT begin work at their internship site until given final approval by CIE and they have received a new I-20 form.

Who can apply?

All students MUST first be approved to participate in CPT by their CIE advisor.

Some initial requirements include:

  • Must be in status at the time of the application and have been in lawful F-1 status for one full academic year (nine months) within a U.S. institution preceding the CPT application.
  • Must have an employment/internship/training offer related to major area of study.
  • Must be in good academic standing (3.0 or higher for graduate students and 2.0 or higher for undergraduate students).
  • Must be enrolled in a full-course load before applying for CPT (12 units for undergraduates, 9 units for graduate students).

Is there a deadline?

  • The deadline to obtain CPT approval is the Add/Drop deadline for each semester.

Enrolling in the Career Development Center Internship Program

  1. Visit the Center for International Education (CIE) to pick up a CPT packet.
  2. Once you have secured an internship, submit the completed packet and your original letter of offer to the Career Development Center front desk. This must be completed at least two weeks BEFORE your internship start date.
  3. Complete enrollment in the CDC Internship Class.
  4. The Internship Advisor will review the documents and contact you regarding your application.
  5. Once enrolled, the Internship Program will contact you to pick up your CPT packet to submit to CIE.
  6. Upon final notification from the Center for International Education, you are eligible to begin working at the assigned site.

Additional Information:

Center for International Education
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. BH 201
Long Beach, CA 90840
voice: 562.985.4106
http://www.csulb.edu/centers/cie/

Internship Program
Career Development Center
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. BH 250
Long Beach, CA 90840
voice: 562.985.4151