F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students. If you have an internship offer or you are thinking about completing an internship during your program at ASU please use this page as a guide. To be eligible for CPT you must have maintained F-1 status for a minimum of one academic year and meet all eligibility requirements. For eligibility requirement read through the CIDSE CPT Internship Guide for your program (see below) and the ISSC website.
Renege: (verb) to fail to carry out a promise or commitment
Never accept a job with the intention of turning it down if “something better” comes along. Not only is it inconsiderate and unprofessional, it also reflects badly on Arizona State University and might negatively impact another ASU student’s opportunities with that employer. Also, employers communicate with each other and you don’t want to get a bad reputation.
After you have given your decision careful consideration and accepted an offer, stop looking. Inform other employers who have extended offers that you have accepted another position. Don’t accept further interview invitations or search further. Please refer to NACE’s Playing Fair…Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker http://www.naceweb.org/playing_fair/ to become familiar with Principles for Professional Practice.
Students who renege on a job offer will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Reneging is grounds for exclusion from CPT and requests for switching employers will not be considered or processed.
Academic Integrity Policy
Any student who has a sanctioned academic integrity violation are NOT eligible for counting the internship experience in their iPOS for a full year after the violation.
STEP ONE: Thoroughly read the International Student Services Center (ISSC) CPT website. Majority of the processing of the CPT request is handled through the ISSC.
STEP THREE: CIDSE will assist you with three items:
Procedures for obtaining the Academic Advisor/Department Letter to submit to ISSC
- Read through the CIDSE CPT Internship Guide for your program.
- Verify with the Engineering Career Center that there is an agreement with the University.
- CSE/IE/SER:Submit the CPT Internship Request Form, Student Checklist, ISSC Employer letter, a copy of your offer letter, and job description and/or job posting to the CIDSE Advising Center.
- CEN: Submit the documents posted here, along with a copy of your offer letter, and job description and/or job posting to the CIDSE Advising Center.
- Processing can take up to two weeks so plan accordingly.
- You will receive an email when your letter is ready for pick up.
Procedures for submitting your iPOS with the 584 Internship Course listed
- Thoroughly read the iPOS Help Page
- Your initial iPOS must reflect the 584 Internship Course. You do not have to wait for your iPOS submission to be approved before submitting your CPT request. We will review your iPOS submission at the same time as your CPT request.
- Once the 584 Internship Course is added to the iPOS you will not be able to remove the course. Refer to the CIDSE CPT Policy.
Procedures for registering for the 584 Internship Course
- After your CPT request has been reviewed and approved you will receive a notification email to pick up your Academic Advisor/Department Letter as well as instructions on registering for the course. You will not be able to add the course to your class schedule prior to the approval.
- All students are required to register in Session C for the 584 Internship Course. Refer to the Academic Calendar for session dates and drop/add deadlines. Session B registration will only be allowed if your internship is approved after the start of Session C and part of the employment dates falls within the session B date.
- Instructor: MCS students choose the Program Chair. MS and Ph.D. students choose their faculty chair/faculty mentor.
- All students are required to submit a written report at the end of the term. Refer to the CIDSE CPT Internship Guide for instructions on writing the report.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should work with the company offering you the internship to decide on your start and end dates for the internship. Be aware that processing time can take up to four weeks between CIDSE and ISSC. Your start and end dates should fall sometime in between the date range listed below. ISSC has the final approval of all internship start and end dates.
Spring Semester: Start Date: The first day of Spring semester
End Date: The last day of Spring semester final exams
Summer: Start Date: The first day of Summer semester
End Date: The day before the first day of Fall semester
Fall Semester: Start Date: The first day of Fall semester
End Date: The day before the first day of spring semester
Each term is considered a separate internship even if you are working with the same company. You will need to follow the instructions and submit separate paperwork for each term you are requesting. For example, you will have two offer letters and two CPT Internship Request Forms with the start and end dates listed for each term.
Summer Term: 40 hours per week
Fall and Spring Terms: 20 hours per week
All students (domestic and international) may take part in an Out-Of-State internship in the Summer semester. The eligibility requirements for CPT internships remain the same as mentioned.
During the regular Fall and Spring semesters international graduate students in F-1 status must register for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours to maintain full-time status and be enrolled in a minimum six (6) credit hours of in-person, on-campus coursework at the ASU Tempe campus. A maximum of three (3) credit hours of online courses is permitted.
You will need to follow Step One and Step Two above. If approved, you will receive a new Academic Advisor/Department Letter and permission to enroll in the 584 Internship Course. Note: Your initial iPOS must list the 584 Internship Course during the term you are requesting.
Yes. All students are required to submit a written five-page report. Click here to access the required cover sheet.
- Five Pages: Approximately 1 page per topic.
- 12 point font
- 1 inch margins
- Single space
- Text and graphs that are copied and pasted from company webpages, manuals, etc. should be limited to no more than 20% of the report and should be properly cited.
The report should include the following information.
Computer Science students must also include the Educational objective of the internship. Re-state the educational objective that you submitted on the CPT Internship Request Form. You should also include the job duties outlined by your employer on the ISSC Employer Letter.
1. Company information. Brief information about the company and the group in which you worked.
2. Background about the problem. Your write-up up should address the following questions. What is the context of the problem on which you worked? Why did the problem need to be solved? Who would benefit from solving the problem? Your write-up should not be in the form of question/answer. It should be in the form of paragraphs that address the questions above.
3. Focus of the effort. How did you approach the problem? What did you have to learn to work on the problem? What background from courses you took was useful for solving the problem? How did you go about solving the problem? What measurements did you make? Again, your write-up should not be in the form of question/answer. It should be paragraphs that address the questions above as appropriate.
4. Results. What were the results of the work? How was your solution used by others? Did you write any papers? Did you write any report? Again, your write-up should not be in the form of question/answer. It should be paragraphs that address the questions above as appropriate. For example, if you did not write a report you do not need to say that you did not write a report. Just address the questions as appropriate to your work.
5. Learning experience. How did the internship contribute to the learning experience? How did you apply knowledge from courses to the internship? Did you gain any insights from the internship? What skills did you develop as part of the internship? Again, your write-up should not be in the form of question/answer. It should be paragraphs that address the questions above as appropriate.
6. The report should be signed by the student’s Industry Mentor at the company to assure accuracy and to insure that no company sensitive information is compromised.
7. Thesis, Dissertation, CE, and IE students should have the report signed by their Faculty Chair and then submit the report to the Advising Center. MCS students should submit the report directly to the Advising Center after obtaining the Industry Mentor signature.
8. After submission and approval of the written report a grade of ‘Y’ will be entered on your transcript.