Make sure the internship offer letter follows these guidelines:
The letter should be on company letterhead (company name and address)
Include position title, start, and end date, the position duties/responsibilities
Include compensation (if the internship is paid)
Signature from hiring manager/internship supervisor
4. Ask your academic/graduate program advisor to email a statement to your international student advisor
You will need to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (MACC and BABA students can skip this step.) They should use the template below:
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 an SSN.
Students can apply for SSN no earlier than 30 days before the internship start date.