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Practical Training for International Students

Full-time international students with valid F-1 visa status are able to pursue a U.S. summer internship during the MBA program (known as Curricular Practical Training, or CPT) and full-time employment for up to 12 months after completion of the MBA program (known as Optional Practical Training, or OPT).

Applying for Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training

Before students can apply for either type of work permission, both of the following requirements must first be met:
  • Students must have valid F-1 visa status for at least nine months.
  • Employment must be directly related to the field of study.

Students interested in either type of practical training must attend a mandatory workshop conducted by the Office of Global Services (OGS) before their applications will be processed. Information (dates and times) of these workshops will be emailed to international students by the Academic Affairs and Advising Office.

See the adjacent tabs for the authorization procedures for:
  • Curricular Practical Training (Summer Internship)
  • Optional Practical Training (Full-Time Position after Graduation)

Curricular Practical Training (Summer Internship)

For more information about Curricular Practical Training (CPT), please visit NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS) website.

To apply for Curricular Practical Training, you must complete the following procedure:

  • You must have a job offer in order to apply for Curricular Practical Training.
  • Once you have obtained a summer internship job offer, you should obtain an offer letter from your employer stating the job title and beginning and ending dates of employment. If the position is part-time, the letter should specify the number of hours required per week.
  • Attend an OGS workshop on Curricular Practical Training.
  • Complete the Curricular Practical Training Request Form. On the CPT Request Form, section A must be completed by the student and section B must be completed by Academic Affairs and Advising.  Please be sure to include the company address and zip code.
  • Report your job offer by logging into Career Account and clicking 'Report Your Job Offer' on the homepage.
  • Follow the Ofice of Global Services application procedure, as shown on their website.

Optional Practical Training (Full-time Position after Graduation)

For more information about Optional Practical Training (OPT), please visit NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS) website.

To apply for Optional Practical Training, you must complete the following procedure:

  • It is not necessary to have a job offer to apply for (post degree completion) Optional Practical Training.
  • Attend an OGS workshop on Optional Practical Training.
  • Once it is within 90 days of your graduation date, complete the Optional Practical Training Request Form. On the OPT Request Form, section A must be completed by the student and section B must be completed by Academic Affairs and Advising.
  • Report your job offer by logging into Career Account and clicking 'Report Your Job Offer' on the homepage.
  • Follow the Office of Global Services application procedure, as shown on their website.