Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an option for F-1 or M-1 students to pursue a paid internship or employment, to gain practical on-the-job experience relevant to their field of study. Employment authorization is available as either part-time Pre-Completion or full-time Post-Completion OPT.

Students may apply for part-time Pre-Completion OPT as soon as they are eligible to take an internship class or a practicum. They should first check with their program counselor and/or IEP advisor to learn if they’ve earned enough credits and have the skills necessary for work experience.

Students may apply for full-time Post-Completion OPT up to 90 days before their program completion date (graduation), or 60 days after. Students are encouraged to apply for OPT as soon as possible during their final quarter because U.S. immigration may require several months to process the application.

OPT Requests must be submitted to the International Education Programs (IEP) Office. For more details, refer to our OPT Guide.