Note to J-1 students: CPT authorization applies to F-1 students only. For information on J-1 work authorization for employer-funded Metcalf internships, please see our Academic Training information.
Internships coordinated through the Career Advancement Metcalf Fellows Program are considered cooperative education; thus, international students who receive Metcalf internships should apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). All Metcalf internships require CPT; paid or unpaid.
As a reminder, to be eligible for CPT, you must have been enrolled as a full-time student for the three quarters directly preceding your employment. Thus, if you are returning from a Leave of Absence, you are ineligible for CPT if you have not met this requirement. Also, if you are in your first year of undergraduate study, your Metcalf internship must begin after the last day of your third quarter (usually Spring quarter).
Once you have accepted an internship offer you can apply for CPT using this form.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your employer letter must contain ALL INFORMATION LISTED on the Employer Letter Template. 99% of the time your offer letter will not suffice for CPT application purposes. If you are going to submit an offer letter, please highlight where all of the required information is on the letter. Submission of insufficient employer letter will delay your application processing.