The Career Services Office is available
to assist International Students by providing resources in preparing
for appropriate off campus experiences including internships and
career related employment opportunities. Students are
encouraged to schedule an appointment with a
Career Services staff member.
Review the 7
Steps for Completing Your CPT. Refer to this checklist or contact
the Career Services Office by phone 302-225-6256 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
related to your CPT.
International Students need to familiarize
themselves with the
International Student Regulations and Reporting Requirements.
If you are on an F-1 visa, there are several
federal policies and regulations you must follow before requesting or accepting Curriculum
Practical Training (CPT) employment. Listed below are the rules and regulations
to follow when applying for CPT.
It is the studentís responsibility to comply with all immigration
regulations and policies at GBC which apply to F-1 students,
including employment regulations. Working without the proper
authorization is a serious violation of a student's F-1 status. If the
student fails to comply with federal CPT regulations, the
student may not be eligible for benefits normally granted to F-1
students and in some situations, may be subject to loss of
Students are not permitted to work for more than one employer when approved
A student is limited to one request to change employers within a
12 month period of a CPT employment authorization that appears on the form
I-20. CPT will be canceled if student is unable to maintain
class attendance. PRIOR TO ACCEPTING ANY EMPLOYMENT IN THE USA, THE STUDENT IS URGED
TO CONSULT WITH A GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE DESIGNATED SCHOOL OFFICIAL (DSO)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) defines Curricular
Practical Training as employment which is an integral part of an established
curriculum, including alternative work/study, internship, cooperative
education, or any other type of required internship or practicum, which is
offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the
school. According to INS the word "required" does not always limit
this type of practical training to work experience, which are required parts
of the curriculum.
Every CPT Application Form and CPT Employer and Student Agreement Form is reviewed
to ensure that the job description for each request submitted for approval is
directly related to the student's degree program. CPT will not be approved for a
second degree if the job duties are not related to the new degree program. Additionally,
an employer may be requested to verify that work obligations will not interfere
with class meetings and/or disclose the office locations of clients that the employee
may be working with to complete projects.
Students who are new to the College or re-enter the College
in a given period of enrollment will not be approved to begin Curricular Practical
Training (CPT) until after the attendance in the first class meeting of session is
verified by the Designated School Official.
Required CPT Paperwork:
CPT Employer and Student Agreement Form
for International Students
CPT Application Form for International
Job description on company letterhead
signed by student's employer.
How are International Students eligible for
CPT at Goldey-Beacom College?
Undergraduate F-1 students
- Must be full time for one full
academic year (9 months) at GBC before they can engage in
curricular practical training.
- Undergraduate students must be in good
academic standing with at least a 2.75 GPA to apply for CPT and cannot have
any outstanding financial obligations owed to the college.
- The CPT is registered as a 3 credit
internship course or 1 credit course if there are no more electives
remaining in the student's schedule.
will be charged for the registered credits at the current
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) eligibility
may be affected by full time CPT.
- The CPT must fulfill the same obligations and
requirements as the Internship For Credit Program, with the job being
directly related to the student's major field of study. The student
cannot work more than 20 hours per week.
Graduate F-1 students
- Must have completed one full
academic year (9 months) as an F-1 student (undergraduate or
graduate) before they can engage in curricular practical
training. One year of full time enrollment can be at any
accredited college or university in the USA.
- To be eligible to apply to the
CPT program, graduate students must be in good academic standing
maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point
average (cgpa) and cannot have any outstanding
owed obligations to the College.
- The CPT must be registered as a
1 credit course and the student will be charged for 1 credit at
the current tuition rate.
- The CPT must fulfill the same
obligations as an internship or co-op with the job
responsibilities being directly related to the student's major
field of study and the student cannot work more than 20 hours
per week unless approved for full time employment by the Career
Services Office, with written documentation from their employer
with the intent to sponsor an H1b visa within the year.
- Optional Practical
Training (OPT) eligibility may be
affected by full time CPT.
What are other things that need to be considered?
To be considered for CPT, the work must not only be directly related to
the student's major field of study, but must also be an integral or
important part of his/her studies. For the benefit of
the studentís educational experience, it is recommended that the
work site be an established business with a minimum of 10 employees
to provide the appropriate training and guidance to the studentís
learning objectives. Additionally, for the safety of our students,
the CPT work site must be non-residential.
The student must physically work in jobs located no farther north of
the College than the New York City area and no further south than the
Washington, DC, area. Jobs must also be located no farther west than
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. These are areas deemed reasonable driving
distances from the Collegeís Wilmington, Delaware location. The actual
location of where the job duties will be performed must be included in
the studentís job hire letter. The College reserves the right to deny
approval for any job that is not within these location parameters.
Students are required to
consult with their academic advisor about their particular academic
program and eligibility for CPT before accepting any offer of employment.
If the student is eligible, he/she will need to meet with
a Career Services staff member and retrieve the appropriate application materials for
CPT/Internship from the Career Services web page. Once approved for the CPT, the
one credit CPT will be
registered and the student will be charged at the current tuition rate.
How many hours can a student work per week while involved with part
Employment cannot exceed 20 hours per week while the student is enrolled
in classes. The employment authorization on the third page of the I-20 copy
will specify permission to engage in part time CPT as well as start and end
dates. An F1 student enrolled in a graduate
program may be approved to work full-time CPT in certain
situations, with the approval of the Designated School
How long is the duration of CPT?
There is a one year limitation upon length of time the student may
participate in part time CPT, unless the student graduates before the year
is up, then the CPT ends the day of graduation. Students must
simultaneously be enrolled in order to maintain lawful F-1 status. Students must re-new their CPT application every year.
What standards of conduct must students observe?
The student needs to keep in mind that he/she represents Goldey-Beacom
College at all times. The student is expected to conduct
himself/herself in a courteous and businesslike manner and to dress
appropriately for the world of work. The student must also adhere to
all of the policies and procedures put forth by the employing organization.
How do students get their CPT approved?
Students are not permitted to begin employment until they have
received official written approval from a Designated School Official (DSO) for their
CPT. It is illegal to start employment before the CPT is officially
approved. This may jeopardize the student's visa status and in some
situations, may result in immediate termination of employment.
- Before locating employment, the student should consult with his/her
academic advisor/DSO to make sure they meet the eligibility requirements
and determine if there are elective credits in their schedule for
- Once employment is located, the student should meet with
a Career Services staff member to discuss the work assignment and pick up
the appropriate application materials and paperwork.
- All relevant application materials must be picked up from the Career
Services office and must be completed by the student and employer and
turned in immediately for consideration for approval. Students
cannot start employment until the CPT is officially approved by a DSO. The CPT application paperwork includes:
CPT Employer and
Student Agreement Form
Students signed by the
student, employer (internship supervisor) and a
Career Services staff member.
CPT Application Form
Students filled out by student, Academic
Advisor and employer, and signed for approval by a Career Services
staff member, DSO (Designated School Official) and
Dean of Enrollment
Management (Student can
submit form after student and
employer complete sections assigned.)
- Employer Verification and
Job Description. This should be typed on a separate
sheet of paper on company letterhead signed by the employer
(internship supervisor) stating the detailed job
description. The job description should include the
Accurate and complete
description of job duties/responsibilities (must be
related to the studentís field of study)
Hours of work per week
(no more than 20, unless approved by Director of Career
Services when H1b visa sponsorship is pending.)
Beginning and ending
dates (cannot be more than one year.)
Signed by the immediate
supervisor and/ or Human Resources Department
Copy of studentís
- All appropriate paperwork must
be submitted to the Designated School Official or Career Services office and
to the Advisement Office and Dean of Enrollment Management for
- Once the paperwork is turned in
and processed, the Career Services staff will formally
notify the student by postage mail on approval status and will
be given the assignment and due date.
- If approved, the student will
meet with the Designated School Official (DSO) to obtain a new
I-20 Form authorizing CPT employment.
- The CPT/ internship course will
appear on the studentís schedule for the appropriate session and
semester and the student will be charged at the current tuition
- The student is required to
complete an academic assignment determined by the Chief Academic
Officer and will need to submit the written assignment to the
Career Services Office by the respected due date to the end of
Where do students pick up the
appropriate application materials to apply for CPT?
All online application materials for
graduate and undergraduate students applying for CPT can be
Reading and printing these forms in
no way obligates the employer or Goldey-Beacom College to hiring or
approving the CPT request. All processes and approvals must be
followed which apply to the studentís situation.
Who should students contact if they
have additional questions when applying for CPT?
Where can I search for CPT employment?
- Network with family,
friends, and classmates to discuss CPT opportunities.
- Register on
www.collegecentral.com/gbc (GBC's Career Services Registration
Site) to apply for jobs and post your resume for employers to see.(Please note that this Career Services site is only a tool to search
for CPT jobs, and the College does not guarantee placement.)
list of employers
who have hired GBC international students for CPTs in
the past.(There is no guarantee that these employers
are currently hiring students or employees.)
What do I need to do to
complete my CPT and receive a grade?
At least two weeks prior to the end
of your CPT, you will need to turn in to Career Services
two completed documents: one term paper, which meets the
requirements, and one
form. These can be emailed, faxed, or dropped off in
person. BOTH must be turned in for grading to occur by
the Academic Dean. Your grade will appear in
once grading is completed. You cannot apply for a new
CPT or an extension until your last CPT is completed
through the grading process.