To be eligible for any type of employment you must maintain continuous and lawful F-1 status and receive authorization BEFORE you begin employment. Students in F-1 status may begin working on campus once they have completed a document check with an advisor at ISS. This is generally done as part of international student orientation.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is authorization granted to F-1 students to obtain employment or an internship off campus. To be eligible, students must be in F-1 status for one academic year prior and the job/internship must be “…an integral part of an established curriculum” and “directly related to the student’s major area of study.”
Students must also have a job offer letter at the time of application.
For more information and to apply for CPT, please visit the ISS Portal.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is work authorization granted to F-1 students upon completing their course of study which allows 12 months of employment in the U.S. To be eligible for OPT students must be in their final semester of study, and should apply no more than 90 days prior to their program end date and 60 days after.
For more information and to apply for OPT, please visit the ISS Portal.
On Campus Employment
F-1 students are permitted to work on-campus. Students may find a job by attending the on-campus job fairs and consulting the Handshake job board. Students will follow up with the Human Resources department to finalize employment. Contact ISS for information on requesting a Social Security Number.