Application Process

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Here are the steps involved in gaining CPT approval

1. Apply for internship opportunities

2. Connect with your academic advisor

  • Internship is optional for most majors, therefore students must register for an internship class.

  • Learn how to register for an internship class and the class expectations.

  • Check if the advisor agrees that positions are directly related to the major area of study

3. Secure an internship offer and register for an internship class

  • Pay attention to the Academic Calendar (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/office-registrar/office-registrar) for last date to add a course for the quarter.

  • Make sure the internship offer letter follows thee guidelines

    • Letter should be on company letterhead (company name and address)

    • Include position title, start and end date, the position dutes/responsibilities

    • Include compensation (if the internship is paid)

    • Signature from hiring manager/internshipo supervisor

4. Ask your academic/graduate program advisor to email a statement to your international student advisor, verifying that the internship is an integral part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student's major area of study to uwtiss@uw.edu. (MAcc and BABA students can skip this step.) They should use the template below:

TO: uwtiss@uw.edu
Title: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Internship Authorization for <>

I am an academic advisor of the above student. The student <> currently in good academic standing. The student <> making normal and satisfactory progress in <> degree program.

The student is expected to complete their educational objectives by <> quarter, 20XX.

The proposed Curricular Practical Training is <>.

I certify that the student has been registered to <> for <> during <> quarter, 20XX.*

*course registration is not required if the internship is required for the student’s degree program.

5. Submit Online CPT Request

Allow 5 business days for processing. Your International Student Advisor will issue your CPT approved I-20. The new I-20 will list details of CPT authorization on the second page. Verify that the information is correct - specifically full-time/part-time, start date, end date, employer name, city and state information. The request form is available here

6. Apply for Social Security Number

  • Students without SSN must apply for SSN if their internship is paid.

  • If you have CPT but your internship is not paid, you can still apply for a SSN.

  • Students can apply for SSN no earlier than 30 days before internship start date.

  • Visit this page (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/isss/ssn-and-wa-state-id) to learn more about the application process.