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On Campus

You are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week (part time) when school is in session and more than 20 hours per week (full time) during breaks if you are eligible. On campus employment must end at the same time you complete your course of study.

Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training is defined as work experience that is an integral part of your program of study. This type of employment must be a required part of your academic program or coursework for which you receive academic course credit. You must have a firm internship offer from an employer before you apply for CPT and must discuss with your academic advisor and ISS advisor. More information can be found in the CPT Handout.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization is granted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) upon receipt and review of applications filed by the student and recommendation made by the ISS advisor. OPT provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge from your academic program to a practical work experience. This employment must be directly related to your major field of study. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be authorized for twelve (12) months of full-time OPT per higher education degree level. You will need to attend an OPT workshop in the ISS office before applying. Please check our Programs and Events page for future workshop dates/times.

Social Security Number

Social Security Number (SSN) is issued by the Social Security Administration when you have an authorized employment. SSN is not a work permit. More information can be found in the SSN information form.

Income Tax

As an international student, you are responsible for filing federal and state income taxes. More information will be emailed to you at the end of January. The ISS office is not allowed to give tax advice. You should consult with a professional tax preparer if you have any questions. The deadline to file taxes is April 15th of every year.

Volunteer Work

If you have questions about whether or not you can volunteer at a specific place/company, please make an appointment with an ISS advisor before beginning any work.