Curricular Practical Training
What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an F-1 employment authorization that allows students to participate in fieldwork-based practicum courses, JD and LL.M. externship courses, practice-based clinical courses, or other courses that require an off-campus work component. In order to be approved for CPT, a student needs to be enrolled in an eligible course. Please note that Georgetown does not allow students to participate in paid internships as part of an externship, practicum, or clinic course.
Curricular Practical Training is authorized by 8 CFR §214.2(f):
An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. Students who have received one year or more of full time curricular practical training are ineligible for post-completion academic training. Exceptions to the one academic year requirement are provided for students enrolled in graduate studies that require immediate participation in curricular practical training. A request for authorization for curricular practical training must be made to the DSO. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I-20 with the DSO endorsement.
What is Georgetown's CPT Policy?
Georgetown requires that F-1 students obtain CPT for any course that requires an off-campus work component, even if the work component is unpaid. For example, if a student participates in an externship course with a placement at the U.S. Tax Court, the student will need to obtain CPT.
Which Courses are Eligible for CPT?
Courses eligible for Curricular Practical Training:
Obtaining CPT for Practicing Law in Another Country (JD Summer Term 2016 Only)
Please note that this is a professor permission, limited enrollment course. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students MUST participate in real time in all course sessions. Please carefully ready the entire course description on the Curriculum Guide for enrollment information.
After you are enrolled in Practicing Law in Another Country, submit the following documents to be approved for CPT:
- Curricular Practical Training request form
- I-94 record
- Offer letter from work component site on letterhead. Letter should include the following information:
- Short position description
- Number of hours per week
- start and end date of employment/internship
- supervisor's name, title, and contact information
- employment address (if not on letterhead)
CPT applications need to be submitted by May 26 (the first day of the summer session.) Applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (current 2Ls/rising 3Ls) or Tina Zimmerman (1Ls/rising 2Ls) or they may be dropped off at the front desk of Graduate Programs (Hotung 5000). If you drop or withdraw from a class after being approved for CPT for the course, your advisor immediately so that your CPT authorization can be ended. You will receive a new I-20 with CPT authorization about 3-5 days after submitting your application materials.
Obtaining CPT for Externship and Practicum courses
Information about applying for CPT for the Fall 2016 semester will be available during Orientation week.
In order to obtain CPT for an externship or practicum offered during Summer 2016, students will need to submit:
- Curricular Practical Training Request Form
- I-94 record
- For externships only: offer letter or offer email from externship site. LL.M. students may submit the signed Supervision Agreement for Field Supervisors in lieu of offer letter or offer email.
Applications need to be submitted by September 12, 2016. Applications may be emailed to email@example.com or they may be dropped off at the front desk of Graduate Programs (Hotung 5000). If you drop or withdraw from a class after being approved for CPT for the course, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org so that your CPT authorization can be ended. You will receive a new I-20 with CPT authorization about 3 days after submitting your application materials.