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F-1: Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization granted to international students in F-1 status for work that is related to their degree and is an “integral part of an established curriculum.” CPT enables students to apply and practice the knowledge and skills gained in their academic programs.

CPT is granted by the Glavin Office in accordance with U.S. immigration law. Authorization of CPT involves both an academic component and an immigration component.

Note: CPT is not available for all academic programs.

Academic Eligibility

Internships must be approved by the appropriate Babson department that oversees the academic​ component under the degree program. Review information specific to your program under Step 2.

Immigration Eligibility

  • You must currently be maintaining valid F-1 status and must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year (two semesters) before applying for CPT.
  • The internship must be related to your field of study/degree
  • CPT authorization is date and employer-specific.
    • Dates must fall within the semester.
    • Changes or extensions within a current semester require action before the change occurs.
    • A new semester of an internship (even with the same employer) requires new authorization, going through all steps again.

There is no limit on the amount of time you can be authorized for CPT. Only if you use 365+ days of full-time CPT would you lose your eligibility to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

CPT Application Process

For each internship, you must follow these steps to ensure you are authorized to work in the U.S.

In order to be eligible for CPT authorization, you must have an internship offer that is related to your degree/field of study.  Internship dates must be within the semester (based on the academic calendar). You should allow at least five business days for academic and CPT processing.

Tip: work with the Centers for Career Development to prepare for internship and job searches and to discuss your overall career goals. There are a variety of incredible resources available to will take you from preparing your resume to learning how to build your network. You should also think about the numerous skills you offer as an international student studying in the U.S. ISSS frequently collaborates with the Centers for Career Development to offer "Job Search Strategy Sessions" specifically for international students.

Undergraduate Students

Enroll in MOB2322, the Career Exploration Lab (CEL) through the Undergraduate Center for Career Development (UGCCD). Find the enrollment form on the CEL HUB page.

Questions? Email the UG Experiential Programs Team
Hollister Hall, First Floor 781-239-4215

One Year & Two Year MBA Students

Enroll in EXP7501, Inventing Your Career. Complete and submit the MBA Internship Course Enrollment Form to Graduate Center for Career Development (CCD) via Adobe Sign. Additional information can be found on the GCCD HUB page

Questions? Email GCCD
Olin Hall, 3rd Floor, Suite 320 781-239-4210

MSF Students

MSF students on the 3-semester track wanting to pursue a summer (full-time) or fall (part-time) internship, must enroll in an Independent Research Project FIN7580 (1.5 or 3 Free Elective credits) before CPT authorization can be authorized by ISSS. To access the IR e-form and CPT form visit the MSF Hub page.

Questions? Email Graduate Academic Services
Olin Hall, 3rd Floor, Suite 320, 781-239-4474

PROCESS CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19:
TO OBTAIN CPT AUTHORIZATION FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS, SUBMIT COMPLETED DOCUMENTATION (ACADEMIC FORM, JOB OFFER/DESCRIPTION, I-94 RECORD) TO ISSS ELECTRONICALLY: http://babson.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wxRDw6ISj72noV.

An advisor will review and process your request. A new Form I-20 with CPT authorization will need to be mailed to you. For those with first time CPT, a virtual appointment will be scheduled by the advisor.

DO NOT begin employment until you are authorized for CPT.

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Normal in-person procedures (currently unavailable):

Appointments must be made at least one day in advance. Call the Glavin Office Front Desk at 781-239-4565 to schedule a 30-minute appointment with an international student advisor.

Bring to your CPT appointment: your completed/approved academic forms, job description/offer letter & your most recent I-94 (arrival/departure) record (not the travel history).

As long as all documentation is in order, you will be issued a new Form I-20 authorizing CPT during the appointment. Obtaining a Social Security number (SSN) will also be discussed if you need to apply for one.  

After CPT Approval

You may only work for the employer specified on your Form I-20 and within the date range specified.

Social Security Numbers

If you do not already have a U.S. Social Security number (SSN), you may apply for one after receiving your CPT authorization but no sooner than 30 days prior to the CPT employment start date.

Current Internship Changes

If you anticipate any change to your internship after you have been authorized​ (i.e. different dates, a different location) you must submit documentation about the change first to the academic office overseeing your internship (see Step 2). Then, you must communicate to ISSS (isss@babson.edu) in order to obtain a new Form I-20 reflecting the changes and/or extension of CPT authorization BEFORE the current internship end date or when the change will happen.

COVID-19 CHANGE: Use the request form found in Step 3 for summer internship changes after the initial authorization.

Extensions apply only within a given semester. Continuing an internship into a new semester equals a new period of CPT, new paperwork and new appointments (see below).

New Internships

If you plan to have a new internship in the next semester, either with the same employer or a new employer, new paperwork, new academic approval, and new CPT authorization is needed prior to starting the internship. Follow the CPT application process as listed above.

Failure to comply with obtaining authorization, or making timely updates may be a violation of your immigration status.