In addition to having completed 2 terms in F-1 status (full-time enrollment), the
College of Business further requires the completion of a least one MBA core or MS
core class. Completion of Bridge, Qualifying or Conditional classes do not satisfy
Duration of approval and work authorization:
The College of Business approves internships for academic credit. The actual employment
authorization is provided by the International Student Services Office through SEVIS
notification. Authorization is granted by academic terms but will generally include
the break between terms. Extensions can be granted according to the following policy:
For continuing graduate students (those with more than 3 terms remaining in their
program), work authorization can be extended for a second term with only one internship
approval. Students wishing to receive work authorizations for more than 2 terms will
be required to process a new internship for academic credit. Students seeking to work
more than two terms are encouraged to seek a new employer to gain new experience.
Students with only 3 terms remaining in their program can receive an extension of
their work authorization (with the same employer) for their final term (a third term)
without processing a new internship application.
Limitation on new internship/CPT during student's final term.
New internships during a student's final term before graduation cannot be for less
than 6 weeks.
First, before the term in which you want to have the internship, contact the International Student
Services Office to determine if you are eligible. If eligible, go to the ISS Office
to get a Certified Internship Application showing you are eligible for CPT. You must get the signed form from the International Office. However you can click here to see a sample of the form.
Finding an appropriate internship: Consult Career Services web site for possible internships, network with classmates,
ask a professor, or explore the local market on your own. If you post your resume
on an electronic employment web site, it is recommended that you state that you are
seeking an internship (not a regular employment position) and state your availability
date - after you complete on-campus processing. When you have been offered a position
that you believe qualifies as an internship, have the employer complete the Employer
section on the Application. Get a written job offer and job description from the employer.
Prepare a written proposal:Write a proposal fully describing the duties of the position or the parameters of the project.
Your proposal should include 1) information about the company, 2) what duties you
will perform, 3) which courses have prepared you for this job, 4) how this job or
duties lets you put into practice what you have learned in those classes 5) what you
expect to learn that is new, and 6) how it relates to your career objectives. Click here for a downloadable proposal format, or prepare your own. Print your unofficial transcript from Banner.
Special Note: Occasionally an internship, because of the advanced level of responsibility assigned
to the intern, can be for 3 credits and thereby substitute for a required course in
your program. If you think this is true in your case, you can request this in your
proposal. Obviously your proposal must be much more extensive, describing in detail
the project or work obligation that you think is equivalent to a 3 credit course.
If the professor agrees to recommend 3 credits, s/he will will then assign a body
of academic work equivalent to a 3-credit course of study on which a grade will be
assigned. Please note that 3 credit internships are very rare.
Request internship recommendation from a professor: Meet with a full-time professor (not an adjunct professor) teaching in the same subject
area as the duties of the internship to present your proposal and transcript and to
request a recommendation to engage in the internship. If the internship is recommended,
the professor will complete the third section of your application, recommend the number
of credits that can be earned and assign appropriate deliverables - Yes, even for
a one credit internship there will academic deliverables and you will receive a grade.
If you fail to submit what is required, a failing grade can be assigned, a grade that
is factored into your overall GPA.
Getting academic approval: If the internship is recommended, take the application with the supporting documents
to Dr. Brett Landry in the Dean's office. Leave the application with an assistant.
You will be notified when the application has been approved.
Getting class created and registration: See Kathy McGraw, Room 116, Braniff (adjacent to the Registrar's office) for class
creation and registration.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to see an International Student Advisor. Bring the approved application, your written
proposal and job description. The advisor will authorize the employment by entering
the employment information into SEVIS. A new I-20 will be generated with the employment
authorization printed on the last page. IMPORTANT: You may NOT begin work until you have received the new I-20 with work authorization.
Warning: Do not ignore any deadline or deliverables assigned by your professor required for
your grade. You must comply with all requirements to earn a grade. You cannot graduate
if a grade has not been assigned for a class, even an internship class.