» Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training or CPT allows you to participate in an off-campus paid internship that is related to your major or field of study. CPT is an academic program that is not for employment purposes. You must prove that the internship will benefit your academic program. 

CPT Requirements

  • Students must have been enrolled in a degree-seeking program for at least one year before applying for CPT. (*Fall and Spring)
  • Student must have been in good status as an F-1 visa student for at least one academic year at the time they are applying. *The only exception to this requirement is if an internship is required as part of your academic program.
  • Student must already have a job/internship offer to apply. Once student receives a job offer, go to the following site to begin the process of registering your internship with Chapman’s Career and Professional Development Intership Portal.
  • Internships can be either paid or unpaid.
  • One year of full-time CPT eliminates a student's eligibility for OPT.

CPT Steps

  1. Find an internship
  2. Register your internship and complete the process through the link above
  3. You will be notified after this has been processed
  4. Pick up your CPT I-20 from the Career and Professional Development Office (*cannot start working until you have received this)

CPT is only authorized for a semester. You must apply again if you would like to continue with your program beyond that first semester.

For information on how to apply or any other questions, please contact the International Student Services to set up a meeting to talk about CPT directly.