As an international student, working outside of your home country may pose unique opportunities and challenges. The Career Services Center is here to assist you in navigating through the sometimes confusing world of employment where the rules, the culture, and the expectations in the work environment can be quite different from what you are accustomed.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Your visa status determines if you can work in the U.S. and in what types of situations. International students generally hold either an F-1 (student status) or J-1 (exchange visitor) visa.
Students on an F-1 visa may be eligible to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT allows students to work off-campus in positions (internships or co-ops) which give them practical training in their major field of study. CPT must be authorized by a Designated School Official (DSO) in the Career Services Center. The position must be directly related to the student's major and the student must receive academic credit for the hours worked. Please read our Steps to Securing an Internship or Co-op (CPT) for International Students (PDF File) to regarding the eligibility requirements and procedure to obtain CPT work authorization.
For more information on internships and co-ops, click here.
Other Types of Employment for International Students
There are other typs of employment for international students such as on-campus jobs, Optional Practical Training (OPT) and academic training for J-1 students. For more informaiton, please visit HPU's International Student Services website.
Academic training work authorization for J-1 students is handled through the International Student Services office. The Career Services Center can assist J-1 students with career counseling and job search assistance once they have received approval to work from International Student Services.
Services for International Students
The Designated School Officials (DSO) in the Career Services Center can assist international students with questions and concerns they may have regarding CPT work authorization. They also process the CPT work authorizations for F-1 students.
Career Counselors can assist international students with a wide range of career counseling services, including resume writing, interview preparation, job search assistance, registering for an internship and more. Please contact our office if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Social Security numbers (SSNs) are ONLY issued to students with work authorization. Fore more information, visit the following links:
- Social Security Administration - International Students & Social Security Numbers
- HPU International Student Services - Social Security & Tax Information
Withholding of Social Security (FICA) payment for International Students
Certain international students may be exempt from payment of social security (FICA) taxes on authorized employment if they are attending academic instituations in the U.S. on F-1 Visas and have been in the U.S. for less than five (5) years. Should you have any questions regarding this matter, refer to the I.R.S. website: Publication 519 - "U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens", specifically Section 8 - Social Security & Medicare Taxes, Students & Exchange Visitors.
Internships for International Students: View this video to learn three hot tips from Jennifer Brook, HPU Associate Director of International Admissions