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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 HOST/BUSN 139.

CPT application process:

  1. 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. 
  2. Student and faculty advisor complete CPT request form
  3. Student receives letter of employment from employer. The letter must contain the following information:
    1. Employer/company/org. name
    2. Employer/site full address
    3. Description of work duties/responsibilities
    4. Specific start date (no earlier than first day of term enrolled for the credits)
    5. Specific end date
    6. Number of hours per week
  4. Student submits letter of employment, completed CPT request form to ISP advisor
  5. 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 


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