Curricular Practical Training

The University Career Center assists F-1 and J-1 international students with the internship process if they meet the eligibility requirements below. Once an internship has been vetted through the University Career Center, the International Student and Scholar Office authorizes Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 students or Academic Training for J-1 students.

Important Dates

Fall 2019 Internship Program

Fall 2019

First day you can begin working
(To start on Aug 19, we must receive your application by Thursday, July 25, 2019**, at 5pm.)

**Please note the longer processing time due to the ISSO closure during New Student Orientation week.

August 19, 2019
Last day you can work December 12, 2019

Deadline to request work authorization for Fall 2019

From the time you submit your request for work authorization in Hire-A-Niner until your work authorization has been approved and your I-20 or DS-2019 is ready to pick-up will take 10 business days between the University Career Center and the International Student and Scholar Office.

October 24, 2019, by 5pm

spring 2020 Internship Program

 

First day you can begin working
(To start on January 8, we must receive your application by Friday, December 6, 2019**, at 5pm.)

January 8, 2020
Last day you can work May 7, 2020

Deadline to request work authorization for Spring 2020

From the time you submit your request for work authorization in Hire-A-Niner until your work authorization has been approved and your I-20 or DS-2019 is ready to pick-up will take 10 business days between the University Career Center and the International Student and Scholar Office.

Friday March 27, 2020, by 5pm

 

Details

Graduate Students
  • Must have been in lawful student status for one full academic year (2 semesters)
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of 9 credit hours
  • Must have completed 9 earned credit hours at UNC Charlotte
  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Must be in good standing with the University with no financial holds over $99
  • Must work via the Internship Program. The Co-op Program is only open to undergraduate students.
  • Students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program, enrolled only in “thesis/dissertation” or enrolled in a course requiring an internship should consider applying for CPT via the Academic Department instead.
Undergraduate Students
  • Must have been in student status for one full academic year (2 semesters)

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours)

  • Must have completed 30 earned credit hours at UNC Charlotte before you begin working (12 as a transfer student)
  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for Internship Program and 2.5 for Co-op
  • Must be in good standing with the University with no financial holds over $99
Internship/Co-op Job Description
  • Your internship or co-op job description must provide a detailed overview of your daily activities and responsibilities as well as the skills you will be using and learning throughout your work experience.
  • Over 50% of your work responsibilities must be directly related to your current major. We cannot consider previous degrees when approving a position description.
Location
  • There are no location restrictions for summer internships or co-ops.
  • Fall and spring internships must be located within a 1.5-hour driving distance from the University: 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223.
  • We will consider remote internships as long as you will be working in a supervised, structured environment with regular check-ins with your internship supervisor.
     
1099 Independent Contractor Employment

F1 students cannot be hired as Independent Contractors requiring a 1099 Form as part of the employment arrangement. Students must be hired as an actual employee, in an established, structured, company internship that adheres to UNC Charlotte's CPT/Internship criteria, per the University Career Center and International Student and Scholar policies.

Hours Per Week
  • Internships must last a minimum of 80 hours and 5 weeks.
  • Summer internships may be full-time or part-time.
  • Fall and spring internships must be 20 hours per week or less.
  • All co-ops are full-time.
Offer Letter

Your offer letter must meet the following criteria:

  • Written on company letterhead
  • Contain prospective CPT employer's name
  • Physical location/address of proposed internship (no P.O. Boxes)
  • Start date of employment (view the important dates above)
  • End date of employment (view the important dates above)
  • Number of work hours per week

Failure to include all of these items will result in your CPT authorization being denied.

Remote Internships

While internships allowing students to work remotely will be considered, your offer letter must clearly state the following in addition to the requirements above:

  1. The name of the direct supervisor who will monitor the virtual assignment.
  2. How often the student's progress will be checked.
  3. The technology used to communicate between supervisor and student (Skype, email, etc.)
Internship/Co-op Job Description
  • You will need a copy of your official job description to copy and paste into the "Job Description" field on your work authorization request in Hire-A-Niner.
  • Your job description must provide a detailed overview of your daily activities and responsibilities as well as the skills you will be using and learning throughout your work experience.
  • View the position approval section to ensure your position meets all requirements.
Supervisor/Mentor Contact Information
  • Full Name
  • Title
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Work Address
Have an issue with your employer or position?

Contact Jim Novak at 704-687-0795 or experiential-ed@uncc.edu.

Have a question about your work authorization request?

Contact Kim Corradi at 704-687-0795 or kcorradi@uncc.edu.

Have questions about CPT, OPT, or other immigration related questions?

Contact the International Student and Scholar Office at 704-687-7781, intlsso@uncc.edu, or walk-in during advising hours on Monday & Friday from 10:00AM-12:00PM or Tuesday/Thursday from 2:00PM-4:00PM in CHHS 202.