Interns

Eligibility

In general, F-1 students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) for two fall or spring semesters before becoming eligible for off-campus employment. This means that if a student begins their academic program in the fall semester, they will be eligible for off-campus work after attending full-time fall and spring semesters. If a student begins in the spring semester, they must attend full-time spring semester and the next fall semester before becoming eligible for off-campus work. Internship should be a minimum of 8 weeks during the Summer and a minimum of 14 weeks during the Fall or Spring. Employment must be related to your degree during the F-1 program.

Step 1: Getting your offer

Step 3:Registering Your

Internship

Step 2: Curricular Practical

Training (CPT)

Step 1: Getting your offer

Step 2: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 

  • Apply on iStart for CPT

  • Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible for CPT

  • Pay fee for CPT

  • Pick up new I-20 from OIE (Office of International Education) with CPT on it 

  • Check that correct details are on your new I-20 (Start date and End Date, Position and Company Name etc.)

Step 3: Registering Your Internship

  • Student MUST register for the appropriate Internship Course (Students will be given a permit for the Georgia Tech Internship only after they have obtained CPT or OPT work authorization.)