Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.

CPT permits eligible, in-status F-1 students to engage in a formal training program or internship while receiving credits that count toward completion of the degree or educational objective.

- May be paid or unpaid;
- May be part-time while pursuing a full course load, or full-time during an approved vacation;
- Must qualify as an “integral part of the established curriculum” (students must earn credit that will count toward completion of the degree or educational objective); and,
- Must be approved by the appropriate SCCC program counselor and an IEP advisor.

A request for CPT authorization must be submitted and approved by an IEP advisor before class registration. Upon approval, a new I-20 will be issued with a special CPT endorsement on page 2. Students may NOT engage in practical training without written authorization in their I-20.

Students who have received one year or more of full-time CPT are not eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training.