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:
- Externship Seminar (JD)
- LLM Externship Seminar
- All JD clinical courses
- Practicum courses (fieldwork-based only; project based practicum classes do not require CPT)
- Practicing Law in Another Country Seminar (JD)
Obtaining CPT for an Externship, Practicum, or Clinic Course:
In order to obtain CPT for an externship, practicum, or clinic course, students will need to submit:
- Curricular Practical Training Request Form
- I-94 record
- From MyAccess: Unofficial transcript or printout of current class schedule showing enrollment in the course.
- 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 the end of the add/drop period for the semester. Applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 Practicing Law in Another Country (JD Summer Term Only)
- Approval email from faculty member or copy of unofficial transcript showing enrollment in the course
- 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)