International Student Services
Curricular Practical Training (or, CPT) are internships, cooperative education, student teaching placements, or practica you decide to do with sponsoring employers while you are in school at Champlain.
The training must be an integral part of an established curriculum, related to your major, essential to achieving an educational objective, and authorized by your P/DSO before you begin your internship (this includes orientations, onboarding exercises, etc).
At Champlain College, CPT can be required or recommended by your program. CPT can be paid or unpaid. It can be for credit or not for credit.
Some academic scenarios for CPT are (this is not the exhaustive list so please speak to your P/DSO):
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you don't obtain prior authorization from your P/DSO for CPT, you are considered in violation of status. In such cases, the P/DSO is required by U.S. federal regulations to immediately terminate your SEVIS record.
To be eligible for practical training permission, the student must:
You schedule a meeting with your academic advisor and complete the CPT Advisor Authorization Form.
By email, you send your potential employer the link to this sample letter here and they produce the official offer letter for the internship.
Once you have both the form and the letter complete, you schedule an appointment with your P/DSO and bring those documents to your appointment.
During the appointment, your P/DSO will evaluate the documents. If all the documents are in order, they will authorize CPT in SEVIS and issue an updated Form I-20. You must not work outside of the specified dates on the updated Form I-20.
You must be a registered, full-time student.
Please note that if you are in your last semester and have done a reduced course load, you are considered full-time and maintaining your status.
If you are participating in CPT in either the summer or winter terms, it is not necessary for you to be registered full-time in order to be authorized for training/employment for CPT; however, you must be pre-registered for the next required semester (i.e. you must be pre-registered for Fall if you are planning on doing a summer CPT opportunity).
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