Work and Study Overview:
HTIR Work and Study Employment Overview
Students are legally allowed to work part-time in on-campus employment. Those who want to work in full time off campus employment, must participate in a CPT or Internship option.
The purpose of a Curricular Practical Training (CPT)) program is to integrate real-life employment training with a student’s education. Immigration Service regulations allow international students who are enrolled in a Curricular Practical Training program (also known as a work-study, CPT, cooperative Education, internship, or co-op program) to work in paid internship positions.
This CPT option is designed to give students practical work experience in curriculum-related employment with local U.S. based corporations and businesses.
For those who select the CPT option, paid internship or CPT employment is mandatory, sometimes beginning in the first semester of the first academic year of the student’s program. Along with the mandatory internship or CPT employment, students will need to take a total of 15 to 18 courses, depending on the enrolled program.
Legal Overview of “Integral” Part of Curriculum
The option of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is for international students enrolled in participating school’s degree programs. CPT is authorized by the U.S. Homeland Security Department for F-1 international students and is equivalent to the CPT option for U.S. students. F-1 students wishing to participate in an off-campus training program must enroll in a program that is “an integral part of an established curriculum”.
The training, which must be directly related to the student’s major field of study, is defined as ”alternate 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” (Title 8, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 214.2 (f)(10).
Work-Study CPT Program
CPT programs that have the curriculum set up so that the internship jobs are mandatory and are part of the whole program, require students to begin their curricular training immediately, usually in the first or second semester of study. This is very different than CPT programs at most universities where the applicant cannot start the CPT employment until he/she has been in school for at least one academic year (nine months). In both cases, CPT must be an integral part of the program of study, or in some cases, the course of study.
HTIR, along with the schools, is dedicated to helping International candidates to be successful in the workforce. The international candidate will learn about resume building, interviewing etiquette, and professional customs. By the time the candidate graduates from the work-study program he/she will be a prime candidate for an H-1b or a high level job in his/her home country.
Gain Practical Skills
The practical training that students receive by working in a U.S. based company gives them skills and experience that cannot be obtained in a normal classroom-only education format, thus giving an advantage in achieving life goals after graduation.
Earn US Dollars
The wages that are paid to the students for their CPT or internship employment are equal to the wages paid to U.S. employees. Net earnings (after any taxes) are retained by the students and used for their personal or educational needs.