Employment and Internships
International students are welcome to apply for internships and coop opportunities. The FAU Career Center and International Services (IS) work closely to provide clear and appropriate guidance for identifying/securing internships and obtaining proper authorization under existing visa regulations.
For university information on internship options, visit the FAU Career Center internship information page.
International students who are interested in engaging in internships must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) (F-1 visa) or Academic Training (J-1 visa) authorization after they secure an internship through the FAU Career Center and before they begin the internship experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
An internship includes a learning objective; it is an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through experiential learning as a complement to the theoretical knowledge gained in an academic setting. International students can only be authorized for internships that are an integral part of their academic curriculum. A job is a position of regular employment.
The best way to locate an internship is to work with the FAU Career Center. The Career Center has dedicated advisors and resources to help students identify internship opportunities on and off campus. Learn more about internships at FAU!
Sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including any details you already have about the internship site (location, contact information, name of supervisor, dates of your internships, specific position title/description, etc.). An advisor from the Career Center will work with you to create an internship that meets your needs.
You may begin your internship as soon as you meet the minimum eligibility criteria for the Career Center and IS and you receive the proper authorization from both offices.
Additional requirements for international students:
F-1 students must fulfill at least one academic year at FAU (two consecutive full-time semesters) prior to being eligible for CPT, which in turn will allow participation in an internship.
Students who pursue a master’s degree with a required practical component within the program of study may engage in CPT from their first semester at FAU.
Students who are transferring from another program in the U.S. where they have been enrolled immediately prior to matriculating at FAU can also request CPT from the start of their studies at FAU
J-1 students may engage in AT any time during their program of study on a part-time basis (but this time will be deducted from the total period of AT eligibility; review the AT handout for more information).
- Paid and unpaid on-campus internship positions may be authorized as on-campus employment if not exceeding 20 hours per week or as CPT if exceeding 20 hours per week (F-1 students). Please note that regular on-campus jobs cannot exceed 20 hours per week during fall and spring (but may exceed 20 hours per week during the summer session for students continuing enrollment from spring).
- Paid and unpaid off-campus internships must always have CPT authorization and may be authorized full-time or part-time depending on the internship criteria. IS advisors will guide you through this process.
- IS limits CPT authorizations to no more than two semesters per degree level. While there is no regulatory limit on part-time internships, students who wish to engage for a third internship must meet with an IS advisor prior to requesting the authorization. We must ensure that this opportunity continues to be integral to students' program of study and establish new learning objectives with each CPT authorization.
- J-1 students must receive AT authorization for paid and unpaid internships on or off-campus. AT may not exceed 20 hours per week while students are enrolled in their program of study AT may be authorized full-time or part-time (min. 20 hours per week) after completion of the program of study.
Yes. To view your internship/coop course options, visit the FAU Career Center internship page (step 5).
Yes, you do need the SSN in order to engage in a paid internship. You will be eligible to apply for the SSN after you receive the CPT or AT authorization.
Please read the Social Security application guide for more details.
Steps for Obtaining Authorization to Engage in an Internship:
1) Fill out the internship/coop application form with the Career Center. Contact an Internship specialist at email@example.com to learn more about the internship/coop program.
3) Pick up your I-20 with CPT authorization or your DS-2019 with AT authorization.
4) Provide a copy of the I-20 or DS-2019 form to the Career Center.
5) Complete internship/coop course registration with the Career Center.
6) Apply for your Social Security Number (SSN) if you do not already have one.
7) Submit appropriate documentation to your employer/internship supervisor.
8) Complete all internship/co-op program requirements by the deadline dates to ensure that you receive a Satisfactory grade for the internship/co-op course.
1) Meet with the faculty advisor for the internship program to discuss internship options and requirements.
4) Pick up your I-20 with CPT authorization or your DS-2019 with AT authorization.
5) Apply for your Social Security Number (SSN) if you do not already have one.
6) Submit appropriate documentation to your employer/internship supervisor.
7) Complete all internship/co-op program requirements by the deadline dates to ensure that you receive a Satisfactory grade for the internship/co-op course.
CPT Online Workshop and Quiz
How to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
Step 1: Please review the online CPT workshop and complete the quiz before you submit the paperwork to International services office. (When you receive a score of 100% Total Points 100/100. Please be sure to print your results to include your score, Email, Name, Z# and attach to your CPT application. Note: CPT applications without confirmation of 100/100 quiz score will not be processed)
Step 2: Please bring your job offer letter and your CPT application form to the IS office.
Step 3: It will take 5 -7 business days to process your CPT request.
Step 4: IS office will send out an e-mail to inform you the new CPT I-20 is ready to pick up.
If you have any questions, please contact IS at 561-297-3049 or send an email to ISSS@fau.edu.