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CPT Quick Guide
For international students interning or volunteering in the U.S.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Qualifications and Courses

Learning While Interning 

Internships provide students with “testing grounds” to relate academic pursuits to the “world of work” for purposes of career exploration/clarification and academic application. They allow students to make tangible connections between skills and knowledge gained in the classroom with that out “in the field.” In addition, students gain exposure to different work cultures, management styles and professional interactions while enhancing their confidence and competence.

To Begin... 

Obtain an offer letter on original company letterhead which includes:

  • EXACT dates of employment including start and end date
  • Number of full-time or part-time hours/week (i.e. 40 hours/week, 25 hours/week)
  • Job title (can include position description) indicating the department in which you will work
  • Address of your specific employment site including street address, city and state within the body of the letter.
  • Attach original e-mail to the offer letter.

Once you have an offer... 

Step 1: Complete the web-based tutorial program with ISS to begin applying for CPT.

  • To get more information and read about the benefits and requirements of CPT, click here. You will read and initial each page and print out required documents.
  • You will sign up for a follow-up appointment to review paperwork with an ISS immigration counselor. Schedule your appointment date for AFTER your appointment dates with Jessica Chapman or Brooke Linn (Undergraduate Career Services) AND your Academic Advisor. CPT cannot be processed with ISS without these appointments.


Step 2:

  1. Schedule appointment with Jessica Chapman or Brooke Linn (KPDC; Kran 361) to review your offer letter and complete the top portion of your CPT form; bring your offer letter to the meeting.
  2. Schedule appointment with your Academic Advisor to complete the bottom portion of your CPT form AFTER you meet with Jessica or Brooke.
  3. Attend ISS appointment with your completed CPT paperwork, course description from MyPurdue, and other documents (passport and Form 1-20).