Practical Training and Internship Opportunities
As an F-1 international student, you are prohibited from working off-campus without prior authorization. For eligible students, opportunities exist for on-the-job training both during and after your certificate program.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an off-campus work authorization allowing an F-1 student to participate in an internship. The internship allows you to gain valuable work experience in your field of study while you earn academic credit and advance toward program completion.
- UCLA Extension certificate students must have maintained lawful F-1 visa status for at least three academic quarters (9 months). This includes any time accrued in F-1 status at another institution with no break in status. As such, CPT approval and internship participation is allowed in the 4th quarter.
- The internship must be defined as an employment opportunity offered for UCLA Extension credit and approved by your academic department, the on-site supervisor of the internship, and the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs.
- You must enroll in the appropriate credit-bearing internship course after both your internship and CPT are approved.