Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is approval from the U.S. government to participate in employment
in an internship or temporary job which counts for credit toward your
major or completion of a certificate. It can be part time or full time;
paid or unpaid. You must be registered in a Cooperative Education 140
course during the quarter in which you are authorized for CPT.
In order to do CPT, students must first complete three quarters in their
program at Highline and attend one of the quarterly internship
workshops. Business and Hospitality students must also complete
CPT application process:
Student works with faculty advisor to find employment/internship. It
must count towards credit in a Cooperative Education 140 course
which is directly related to their area of study.
- Student and faculty advisor complete
CPT request form
- Student receives letter of employment from employer. The letter
must contain the following information:
- Employer/company/org. name
- Employer/site full address
- Description of work
- Specific start date (no earlier than
first day of term enrolled for the credits)
- Specific end date
- Number of hours per week
- Student submits letter of employment, completed CPT request form
to ISP advisor
- ISP advisor approves or denies request. If approved, student
receives I-20 and may begin working on the approved start date noted
on new I-20.
YOU MAY NOT BEGIN
WORKING UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL PAPERWORK AND RECEIVED A NEW I-20
SHOWING CPT APPROVAL.
Please note: CPT is a privilege which is not available
to every F1 international student. If your major does not have a 140
Cooperative Education course, or your faculty advisor does not feel that
an internship will contribute toward your degree, you may not be able to
receive approval to engage in an internship off-campus.
updated May 2018