In addition to having completed 2 terms in F-1 status (full-time enrollment), the
Graduate School of Managment further requires the completion of a least one graduate
level course - one Value Creation Core or one concentration class.
Duration of approval and work authorization:
The Graduate School of Management approves internships for academic credit for one
academic term. The International Student Services Office will provide appropriate
work authorization (notification on the I-20) according to the following policy:
For continuing GSM students (those with more than 3 terms remaining in their program),
work authorization can be granted for two terms with one internship approval. Students
wishing to receive work authorizations for more than 2 terms will be required to process
a new internship application 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 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
Advisor to determine if you are eligible. If eligible, go to the International Student
Office to get a Certified Internship Application showing you are eligible for CPT.
You must get the signed form from the International Office. However click here to see a sample application. The following steps will be outlined on the application.
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 - when you can begin. That will usually be the start of the next academic term.
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 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 GSM 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. Make a print out of your transcript from Banne
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.
Get academic approval: Submit the application to the College of Business, Dean's Office, Braniff for approval
of the credit hours
Class creation, registration and employment authorization: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to see the International Student Advisor. Bring the approved
application, your written proposal and job description. The advisor will contact GSM
Student Records for class creation and registration. The adviosr 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.