Employment

Students in F-1 or J-1 status may accept employment under certain conditions.  Please note, this page is meant for informational purposes only - if you have questions about or would like to determine your eligibility for F-1 or J-1 employment, please contact Cranwell International Center.

On-Campus Employment

All F-1 or J-1 students are permitted to work on-campus. J-1 students are required to report on-campus employment each semester. During the Fall and Spring semester, and during other terms where a student is enrolled full-time, students are limited to 20 hours or less of work per week. Violation of this restriction could mean termination of your status, so please be sure to stay aware of hours worked. A work week starts each Saturday at 12:01 am and ends on the following Friday at 11:59 pm. While classes are not in session and students are on an official break, students are eligible to work over 20 hours per week. The following are considered eligible breaks:

  • Spring Break (Saturday, March 7, 2020 @ 12:01 AM - Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 11:59 PM)
  • Summer Break (TBD) 
  • Thanksgiving Break (TBD) 
  • Winter Break (TBD) 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

F-1 students may be authorized by an International Student Advisor to participate in a CPT program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. If you are unsure if the work you plan to participate in is considered CPT, please be sure to ask your International Student Advisor before you begin. For more information about what CPT is and how to receive CPT authorization, please plan to attend one of our required seminars. Click here to register!

 

Need help finding employment? Want to learn more about building a resume, maximizing your networking skills, how to dress for an interview, and more? Don't miss upcoming events by checking the Career and Professional Development website!

LOCATION: Smith Career Center (Room B)

  • Monday, February 10th, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, February 26th, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Thursday, March 12th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 25th,  4:00-5:00 PM
  • Monday, April 6th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 12:00-1:00 PM

Click here to register! 

Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students

Students who are graduating and wish to seek employment afterwards will need to apply for Post-Completion OPT. Post-Completion OPT provides employment authorization in the US for at least one year, with an additional two year STEM Extension available to students who graduate with a STEM-eligible degree. Employment must be related to a student's field of study. For more information about the OPT application process, please visit our OPT website. Students should plan to attend one of our required seminars prior to applying - we recommend attending either late in the semester preceding your graduation or early during your graduating semester. Click here to register!

 

Need help finding employment? Want to learn more about building a resume, maximizing your networking skills, how to dress for an interview, and more? Don't miss upcoming events by checking the Career and Professional Development website!

LOCATION: Smith Career Center (Room B) 

  • Wednesday, February 5th, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Monday, February 17th, 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Friday, February 28th, 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 10th, 9:00-10:00 AM
  • Monday, March 23rd, 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 1st - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
  • Tuesday, April 14th, 4:00-5:00 PM 
  • Monday, April 27th, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Monday, May 4th, 4:00-5:00 PM

Click here to register!

Academic Training for J-1 Students

J-1 students are permitted to accept employment directly related to their field of study through academic training.  Academic training may not exceed a cumulative total of 18 months, or the period of full course of study in the US - whichever is less.  Your J-1 program sponsor approves academic training. If you would like more information, please call our office to set an appointment with our Assistant Director for International Student Services, Rob Llewellyn, by visiting our homepage and clicking on the "Schedule an Appointment" button.