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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for International Students

As an international student, you can work in the U.S. if your work experience is part of curricular practical training (CPT).  Once you have a confirmed offer for an internship, whether off-campus or on-campus, you will need to do several things. 


The spring 2022 dates for internships span January 10 through April 25. Summer 2022 internship dates span May 9 through August 12. You may not accept internship offers outside these dates.



Here’s what you can do right now:


Once you know where you will be working and have an offer letter in hand, you will need to see Associate Dean Chris Rowe by calling the Engineering Dean's Office at 615-343-3773 or email to schedule an appointment.  In advance of meeting with him, do the following:

  • Complete this form.
    • If a full-time internship, this form will enable you to get a subsidy for all but $200 of one credit hour of tuition for this internship. Type or use ink. The course number is ES 3884.
    • Tuition subsidies do not apply for part-time internships during the academic year.
    • Start to complete the CPT application form using the ISSS student portal. Select Associate Dean Chris Rowe as your adviser. (email is
    • Send the recommendation request to
  • Email the completed summer scholarship subsidy form, your offer letter containing start/stop dates, technical answers to the following two questions, and the quiz results to Dean Rowe in advance of any scheduled meeting time. 
      • Explain how the practical training is an integral part of the student's program of study.
        • Your internship must be closely tied to your program of study, thus it must tie into what you've learned in your classroom experience.
      • Please describe the specific educational objectives that will be met with the practical experience.
        • Describe the specific goals and objectives that will be achieved through the practical training and how they are related to the student's major program of study including how it will prepare you for continuing your academic program after the internship experience.