Some majors at CWU require that students do an internship. This is called curricular practical training (CPT) by immigration. CPT must be required as part of the CWU degree requirement. Usually, internships are required after you have completed your first year of study. For most situations, you can participate in an internship only after you have been in lawful immigration status and have been a full time student for at least nine months. Most internships are off-campus. Some may be paid and some may not be paid. You can even do an internship in your home country. However, if your internship will require off-campus work experience in the U.S., you must have approval by your International Student Advisor who will notify immigration.
The application procedure at CWU is:
"OPT" is a benefit immigration has provided as part of your educational experience in the U.S. It allows international students to gain experience working in their major field of study.
OPT can be granted to you by immigration:
If you are an F-1 student in lawful immigration status, you are entitled to 12 months of OPT for your program of study. You can apply for OPT:
You may request an OPT application packet from your International Student Advisor.
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