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Off-Campus Academic Internships for F-1 (CPT)

2017-2018 CPT Authorization Appointment Deadlines

Appointments must be booked ahead of time. If you don't have your CPT Cooperative Agreement form completed and your appointment booked at least 1 week prior to the deadlines, you should prepare your CPT for a future term. 

Non-Law Students

Law Students 

FALL 2017: Thursday, October 5th, 2017
FALL 2017: Thursday, August 31st, 2017
WINTER 2018: Thursday, January 25th, 2018
SPRING 2018: Thursday, January 25th, 2018 
SPRING 2018: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 
SUMMER 2018: Thursday, June 14th, 2018 
SUMMER 2018: Thursday, August 16th, 2018

 

 

JST (Jesuit School of Theology) Students

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  1. Attend one of our CPT workshops offered each term of the academic year (here's the CPT Presentation we use in the workshops).
  2. Check out the FAQs on this page.
  3. Email iss@scu.edu with any remaining questions.  Note: CPT advising is provided during workshops, not during drop-in advising hours or CPT appointments.

1. Attend a CPT workshop (here's the CPT Presentation we use in the workshops).

2. Enroll in the appropriate CPT course and complete the CPT Cooperative Agreement Form* by following the CPT Cooperative Agreement Instructions*.

*Be sure you carefully read and follow the instructions to have everything in order for your CPT appointment.

3. Enroll full-time for the applicable term. If you will not be enrolled full-time because it will be your final term, you must have a completed Reduced Course Load form or Thesis/Capstone Confirmation form on file with our office. If you have not already submitted the appropriate, completed form to our office, you may bring it with you to your CPT appointment.

4. Schedule a CPT Appointment with ISS by contacting the GEO front desk in person or via phone: (408) 551-3019.

 

For CPT authorization purposes, you'll need to use dates from one of these two academic calendars:

Remember, CPT is authorized by academic term (one term at a time) so you can't have dates that include more than one term.

Below are the earliest start and end dates generally possible for a CPT authorization. However, your situation may mean that you'll have to request authorization for dates with a narrower time frame. ISS does not consult on, review, or confirm dates prior to your CPT authorization appointment, so double check the CPT Cooperative Agreement Instructions to make sure dates are applicable to your situation.

Earliest and latest possible CPT start and end dates for:

ALL Non-Law Students

Fall 2017 quarter:  9/7/17-1/7/18

Winter 2018 quarter: 12/9/17-4/2/18

Spring 2018 quarter: 3/24/18-6/20/18

Summer 2018: 6/15/18-9/16/18 

Law Students

Fall 2017 semester: 7/23/17-1/5/18

Spring 2018 semester: 12/16/17-5/28/18

Summer 2018: 5/16/18-8/10/18

 

 

Contact the GEO front desk in person (Varsi Hall) or via phone (408) 551-3019.

You should have everything ready before making your appointment:

  • Be fully enrolled for the term you are requesting CPT (exceptions: summer and final term with Reduced Course Load form on file)
  • Be enrolled in the course that requires the internship
  • Be eligible (have completed one academic year of consecutive full-time enrollment)
  • Have completed your CPT Cooperative Agreement Form

Within 2 business days we'll send you an email to set up your appointment.

Come prepared and be early to your appointment.  If you are late or unprepared, you will have to reschedule.

If everything looks good and we are able to do the CPT authorization for you during your appointment, your new I-20 with the CPT authorization should be ready within 1-2 business days.

If anything is missing, incomplete, or incorrect, or if you are late for your appointment, you will have to re-schedule.

If you are applying for CPT, you should have everything ready to get authorized during your appointment. If you have a few questions that we can answer within your 15 minute appointment time, we'll gladly do so.

CPT appointments are not for students who have general questions about CPT. If this is you, you'll need to attend a CPT workshop (here's the CPT Presentation we use in the workshops).

CPT is authorized by academic term* (one term at a time). You need authorization for each and every term you will be doing the internship, so "extending" your CPT follows the same application process as the first term you applied for CPT.

1. Enroll in a class that requires off-campus placement and complete the CPT Cooperative Agreement Form by following the CPT Cooperative Agreement Instructions.

Be sure you carefully read and follow the instructions to have everything in order for your CPT appointment.

2. Schedule a CPT Appointment with ISS by contacting the GEO front desk in person or via phone: (408) 551-3019.

You're authorized to do CPT during the dates listed in the Employment Authorization section of your I-20, which come from your CPT Cooperative Agreement form. You may not do CPT outside of your authorization dates.

*NOTE: For CPT authorization purposes, academic term dates for ALL students, except Law, follow the Undergraduate/General Academic Calendar.

 

If you and your desired internship meet the following requirements, it’s probably fine for CPT:

  •         You are maintaining valid F-1 status.
  •         You have completed one academic year of consecutive full-time enrollment at SCU.
  •         You will be enrolled full-time while doing the internship.
  •         You will be enrolled in a course that requires you to do the internship.
  •         The internship's tasks and responsibilities are directly related to your major field of study.
  •         You will be interning on-site (no telecommuting).
  •         You will be mentored by an on-site supervisor.
  •         You will receive CPT authorization before starting the internship and by the applicable deadlines.
  •         You have not yet completed your degree.
  •         If you have been previously authorized for CPT, you have passed the course that required the internship.
  •         You have met any additional requirements of your academic program for doing an internship.    

You have to complete 3 quarters (or two semesters for Law School students) of full-time enrollment in a row.

If you decide to be enrolled full-time in the summer, it counts as one of the 3 consecutive quarters of full-time enrollment (not applicable for Law students).

If you are/were enrolled full-time in another status (i.e., H-4), you can count these terms of full-time consecutive enrollment toward your CPT eligibility.

But remember, you must BE in F-1 status before your CPT authorization begins.

Yes, however there are a few exceptions:

1. Summer Term

2. Breaks in between academic terms*

3. During your final term, if your Reduced Course Load Form is approved by ISS.

4. If you have an approved Thesis/Capstone Confirmation Form on file with ISS.

*NOTE: For CPT authorization purposes, academic term dates for ALL students, except Law, follow the Undergraduate/General Academic Calendar.

Part-time CPT is a maximum of 20 hours per week. Full-time CPT is anything over 20 hours per week, even 20.0001.

Please check with your program to see whether there are unit prerequisites.

The F-1 visa is a student visa, not a work visa, so remember, you’re here to learn and be a student, first and foremost.

No, you cannot apply for CPT until you become eligible.  In the meantime, attend a CPT workshop (here's the CPT Presentation we use in the workshops) and prepare for the quarter that you are eligible.

No, you must be eligible before requesting CPT. If you are really the best candidate for the internship, the company will wait.

Absolutely! CPT authorization is required whether the internship is paid or unpaid.

Yes.  Unauthorized work of any kind is a serious violation of your legal status and ISS is required to terminate your record if you are found to be engaged in unauthorized employment.

You are responsible for obtaining proper CPT authorization for any type of off-campus employment and for fulfilling all requirements of CPT.



JST Students: CPT Request Instructions and FAQ's

CPT (Curricular Practical Training) authorization is required for participating in any off-campus ministry and must be obtained before engaging in any such activity. 

  1. Div Students:  Your Ministerial Praxis in the second year of your program requires CPT authorization if your field education placement is off-campus. Remember, you must receive CPT authorization prior to engaging in any off-campus ministry.
  2. M., S.T.L., and S.T.D. Students:  Your Pastoral Engagement, which is required each term throughout the program, requires CPT authorization if your pastoral placement is off-campus. Remember, you must receive CPT authorization prior to engaging in any off-campus ministry.

 

 

To apply for authorization for Curricular Practical Training off-campus, JST students need to:

  1. Be properly enrolled in a class that requires the placement, such as
    • FE-2152: M.Div. Integration SeminarII – for the 2nd year ministerial formation requirement in the M.Div. program.
    • FE-4400: STL Research Practicum - for the pastoral engagement" requirement in the S.T.L. and Th.M. programs.
    • FE-4401: STD Research Practicum - for the pastoral engagement requirement in the S.T.D. program.
  2. Be enrolled full-time. *If you will have a reduced course load because it will be your final term, you must also submit a completed Reduced Course Load form. (Note: Students in "Continuing Registration" are considered to be enrolled full-time.) 
  3. Have a properly signed and completed CPT Cooperative Agreement.  Please carefully follow the JST CPT Cooperative Agreement Instructions.
  4. Submit the completed Cooperative Agreement by sending an email to ISS@scu.edu, as follows:
    • Enter “YOUR NAME– JST CPT” in the subject line of the email.
    • In the email, write the address where your I-20 with CPT authorization should be mailed.
    • Attach a scanned copy of the completed Cooperative Agreement.
    • Attach a scanned copy of the Reduced Course Load form, if applicable.

Remember, you may not engage in any off-campus ministry until you receive a new I-20 with proper CPT authorization. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email at iss@scu.edu or by contacting the front desk in the Global Engagement Office at 408-551-3019.

Start and End Dates. CPT authorization dates follow the academic calendar. The earliest possible start and latest possible end dates for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are listed below. However, your situation may require you to request authorization for a narrower time frame.

 

Fall 2017 semester

Earliest possible start date:  09/05/2017

Latest possible end date:  01/28/2018

Spring 2018 semester

Earliest possible start date:  01/29/2018

Latest possible end date:  09/03/2018

 

Important Notes Regarding Dates:

  • The start date on the Cooperative Agreement must be at least one week in the future at time of submission.
  • If it is your last semester, CPT can only be authorized through the last day of finals or the program end date on your I-20, whichever comes first.

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