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Office of International Student Services

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

  • International students must consult their academic adviser before engaging in an internship, externship, or practicum, known in immigration terms as "curricular practical training" or "CPT."
  • The training must be required in order to obtain the degree, or required for a particular course or track. The information outlined below must be provided by the academic adviser to the Office of International Student Services (OISS).
  • If the student will receive compensation (wages, stipends, or any kind of remuneration), the student must contact the OISS for further instructions.
  • Undergraduate students may not engage in CPT until they have been enrolled on a full-time basis in a US Department of Homeland Security-approved college, university, conservatory or seminary for one full academic year.

Tax information:

If you are getting paid, you must let your employer know that income taxes must be withheld from your pay. If you are a "nonresident" for taxes purposes (for the first five years in F-1 status you may be considered a nonresident for tax purposes) you do not have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Undergraduate students:

Complete the steps outlined in the Dean of Seaver College website: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/dean/internships/registration/default.htm

Bring the Dean of Seaver College internship approval form to the OISS to obtain authorization in accordance with Dept. of Homeland Security regulations to engage in CPT.  If you are getting paid, bring the letter from the employer verifying payment, and allow 48 hours for the OISS to issue a new Form I-20.  Do not begin CPT before obtaining a new Form I-20 authorizing employment from the OISS.  You may apply for a U.S. Social Security Number after you receive the new Form I-20. 

Graduate students:

Your academic advisor, program administrator, internship coordinator, or career development advisor must send the following information to oiss@pepperdine.edu.

  • Your name & CWID
  • Your degree program and date of expected completion of your program
  • Course for which you will receive credit or fulfill requirements by completing this CPT
  • Academic term for which you are registered for this course
  • The number of course credits that will be earned at the end of the academic term
  • Name and address of the internship site
  • CPT start date (month/day/year) and end date (month/day/year).  If CPT will start earlier or extend beyond the academic term, please explain
  • The number of hours per week you will work
  • Compensation (unpaid or paid)

If you are getting paid, allow 48 hours for the OISS to issue a new Form I-20.  Do not begin CPT before obtaining a new Form I-20 authorizing employment from the OISS.  You may apply for a U.S. Social Security Number after you receive the new Form I-20. 

For More information:

United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 8, Sec. 214.2(f)(10)(i)


www.ssa.gov

www.irs.gov

OISS - Pepperdine University - March 27, 2013