F-1 Student Employment
As an F-1 student you are authorized on-campus for up to 20 hours per week maximum. You may work more than 20 hours on-campus only during university breaks or during the summer break. You do not need special authorization to work on campus. However, automatic authorization to work 'on-campus' ends upon graduation date. Any work done after graduation requires special authorization.
Off campus employment
Your F-1 status does NOT allow you to be employed off-campus without special authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Unauthorized off-campus employment is a serious violation of your F-1 status.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is only used for internships, practicum's, or field studies that are an integral part of the established Thiel Curriculum. Additionally, if you will enroll in an internship course through your department, you MUST apply for CPT and complete the necessary paperwork in the ISA Office or by printing and filling out the forms online and then submitting them to the ISA Office. You must also fill out the necessary paperwork with the Career Services Office on-campus and have your academic advisorís approval. CPT is NOT intended for ongoing employment, or to bridge a gap between graduation and OPT.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) grants an F-1 student 12 months of employment authorization during or after the course of study. OPT employment MUST be in the students field of study and can begin only after the Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) has been received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most F-1 students' use OPT after they graduate. Please see the Applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Form for more detailed information and to understand the process for OPT application.