Internships and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- CPT is for international students who wish to have an internship on or off campus as part of their academic training prior to graduation
- Work at your job or internship must directly relate to your academic studies
- Time spent at job or internship cannot the follow hours:
- 20 hours in the fall and spring semesters
- 40 hours in the summer
- Obtaining CPT for a job or internship is not the same thing as ‘sponsorship’
- UNPAID internships do not require CPT. PAID internships require CPT.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT)
- OPT may be done before you complete your studies, and/or after you complete your studies, but may not exceed a total of 12 months.
- For more information, please click here.
- Information on CPT, OPT, and H-1B Visas can also be found on the F-1 Online Employment Session.
Toppel Job Search For International Students Guide Many international students have the goal of remaining in the United States after they graduate and begin a career. However, there are unique challenges that international students face when it comes to searching for U.S. employment and the job search process. This guide offers information, resources, and strategies regarding the U.S. job search process for international students.
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OBTAINING CPT CPT and Your Internship To obtain your CPT Letter, you must enroll in the Toppel Internship Program. To do so, follow these steps:
- Complete ISSS’s F-1 Employment Session Online and CPT application
- After securing your internship position, attend a Toppel Internship Program Orientation
- Following orientation, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Company name and Mailing Address
- Name of your academic advisor
- After you receive an email stating that your letter is ready for pick up, stop by the front desk at the Toppel Career Center to obtain your CPT letter (Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm)
- Have the CPT letter signed by your academic advisor
- Bring the CPT letter and completed CPT application to ISSS
*PLEASE NOTE THAT IT TAKES 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS TO CREATE YOUR CPT LETTER AFTER EMAILING THE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO TOPPEL-INTERNSHISP@MIAMI.EDU.
*CPT Letters are only given to students with PAID internships. You DO NOT need a CPT letter for an unpaid internship.
Click here to learn more about how to search for internships using the Toppel Career Center.
Many international students have the goal of remaining in the United States after they graduate and begin a career. However, there are unique challenges that international students face when it comes to searching for U.S. employment and the job search process.
- Begin your job search early and be prepared to devote a lot of time to it
- Talk to your advisor at ISSS to understand your options and keep updated on regulations and timelines
- Do your research and know the process and timelines of securing OPT and/or H-1B Visas
- Understand the job market in your field of study
- Develop a professional resume that reflects the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired at UM
- Practice your interviewing skills by attending Interviewing Skills Workshops and scheduling practice interviews
- Practice networking- network with individuals In your field by attending career fairs and events and utilizing LinkedIn
- Make an appointment with a career advisor and get assistance as you explore your interests, options, and career plan