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.
All F-1 or J-1 students are permitted to work on-campus. During the Fall and Spring semester, and during other terms where student is enrolled full-time, students are limited to 20 hours of work per week. While school is not in session (e.g. winter break, summer break, etc.), students are eligible to work over 20 hours per week. J-1 students are required to report on-campus employment each semester.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students
Students who seek to complete an internship, co-op, or other off-campus work opportunities must first consult with the Cranwell International Center. Employment must be related to field of study. For more information, please come to one of our informational seminars by going to our appointment page, selecting Book Seminar, and choosing Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Seminar to reserve your spot.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students
There are multiple OPT opportunities for students. Typically, students apply for post-completion OPT. Post-completion OPT provides authorization for one year (up to three if you hold a STEM-eligible degree) of employment in the US. Employment must be related to field of study. If you are in your final semester and would like more information, please come to one of our information seminars by going to our appointment page, selecting Book Seminar, and choosing Optional Practical Training (OPT) Seminar to reserve your spot.
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, go to our appointment page and reserve your consultation with our ARO, Tricia Galvez.