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

What is the difference between a job and an internship?

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.

How do I find an internship?

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!

What if I find an internship on my own? How do I get approval to engage in this internship if it is not already offered through the Career Center?

Sent an email to intern@fau.edu 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.

When can I begin my internship?

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.

Exceptions:

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).

Do I need to get authorization from IS in order to engage in the internship?

Yes.

F-1 Students:

  • 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:

  • 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.

Do I need a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to apply for or accept an internship offer?

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:

Steps for obtaining authorization with the FAU Career Center to engage in an Internship:

1) Fill out the internship/coop application form with the Career Center. Contact an Internship specialist at intern@fau.edu to learn more about the internship/coop program.

2) After you secure an internship/coop position, submit your CPT application and supporting documentation (F1 Students) OR AT application and supporting documentation to IS.

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.

Steps for an internship/co-op opportunity through your Academic Department:

1) Meet with the faculty advisor for the internship program to discuss internship options and requirements.

2) After you secure an internship/coop position, submit your CPT application and supporting documentation (F1 Students) OR AT application and supporting documentation to IS

3) Register for the internship course through your department and email ISSS@fau.edu and intern@fau.edu proof of course registration (must be completed before the semester add/drop deadline

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)

CPT Online Workshop

CPT Quiz

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.

 

 Last Modified 5/22/17