International Students & Internships

International Students & Internships

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International students are eligible to apply for off-campus internships through a process called Curricular Practical Training. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus work authorization specifically designed for international students. Students whose program of study requires an internship or whose academic advisor can verify that the internship adds meaningful experience to the academic program may be eligible to apply. At Portland State University (PSU), if an internship is not a required component of a degree program, then the student must enroll for credit. The internship must be related to the student's field of study, and the credit must count towards graduation requirements. CPT authorization is employer specific, so a student must have a job/internship offer before applying for CPT. Please see International Student & Scholar Services website for eligibility and application information: CPT Application Information.