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CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING (CPT) FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS



 As an F-1 International Student you may qualify to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is employment that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, or cooperative education arranged with the approval of your program, or any type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements. CPT may take place during the academic year and/or in the summer. CPT can only be completed prior to the completion of your course of study. Because USCIS uses a broad definition of employment— any activity for which a student receives a benefit, monetary or otherwise—even unpaid internships require CPT authorization.

For CPT, you must register for an internship course at Baruch College. Registration can only occur AFTER you have received approval from the Faculty Advisor responsible for the course. You will receive credit(s) for the internship course and can be paid by the company. Undergraduate students are ONLY eligible for part-time CPT (up to 20 hours per week) during the fall and spring semesters. Undergraduate students may choose to engage in full-time CPT (more than 20 hours per week) when school is not in session or during your annual break.

A student that accrues more than 365 days of Full-Time CPT, becomes ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). A student is then essentially forfeiting his/her OPT. Please Note: The "365-Day Rule" ONLY applies to FULL-Time CPT. You can accrue Part-Time CPT without affecting your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

*If you are authorized to work on-campus and also choose to engage in Practical Training (CPT or Pre-OPT), per ICE regulations the total number of hours for the Practical training and on-campus employment can NOT exceed 20 hours while school is in session. You may work full-time during periods when school is not in session or during your annual break.

To qualify, the CPT course "must be an integral part of your established curriculum" The ISSC must validate to the USCIS that the CPT course represents satisfaction of the requirements for your particular degree.

NOTE: A course offered for the primary purpose of facilitating employment authorization does not qualify for CPT.

ACQUIRING CPT APPROVAL

The following THREE (3) items are required to be completed and submitted to the ISSC to process an application for CPT:

1. Completed Faculty Advisor’s Recommendation Form for CPT

2. Offer letter from employer on their official letterhead stating:

  • The starting and ending dates of the placement
  • The number of hours per week (maximum of 20 for Part-Time CPT)
  • A brief description of duties to be performed

3. Proof that you have registered and paid for the Internship Course

Once the CPT application is complete, the International Student Service Center will update the SEVIS record and print a copy of the student’s SEVIS I-20, authorizing CPT with that employer only. The SEVIS I-20 will be given to the student. You must be issued the SEVIS I-20 before commencing employment.

Students in F-1 status must have been lawfully enrolled in school on a full-time basis for at least one full academic year before becoming eligible for practical training. CPT must be undertaken prior to the completion of a course of study.

Undergraduate students must maintain good academic standing.

A Selection of Internship Courses available at Baruch College:

ZICKLIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS COURSES                                                                         

BUS 3001-3003 Business Internship (Zicklin School of Business)

Hours: 1 credit pass/fail, 10-15 hours/week for unpaid internships, 10-20 hrs/week for paid internships, pt/ft in summer.

Prerequisites: Open to students admitted to the Zicklin School of Business, Departmental Permission. 

*** Contact the professor in the specific department below who is listed on this sheet for information.***

 

ACC 5100 Accounting Internship (see also BUS 3001-3)

Stan Ross Department of Accountancy

Contact: Professor Joseph Weintrop, 646.312.3185, accounting.internship@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 13-249

                Office Hours: Thursday 10-12

Credits: 1 credit, http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty/accountancy/resources/internships.html

Prerequisites: Admission to Zicklin and Accounting major, Minimum GPA: 2.5

 

CIS 5900 (4680) Computer Information Systems Internship

Department of Statistics and Computer Information Systems (see also BUS 3001-3)

Contact: Professor Pai Chun Ma, 646.312.3369, pai-chun.ma@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 11-243

Credits: Minimum 1 credit/120 hours; Maximum 3 credits/180 hours (15 hours per week)

Prerequisites: Departmental Permission; priority will be given to graduating Seniors for 3 credit course. 

 

ECO 5010-5011 Training Program I & II

FIN 5610-5611 Training Program I & II (see also BUS 3001- 3)

Department of Economics and Finance

Contact: Professor Gayle DeLong, 646.312.3493, Gayle.DeLong@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 10-278

Credits: 3 credits, visit http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty/economics/resources/internships.html for forms.

Prerequisites: Departmental Permission and Senior Status

 

MGT 5110 Management Internship (see also BUS 3001-3)

Department of Management

Contact: Professor Moshe Banai, 646.312.3631, Moshe.Banai@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 9-239

Credits: 3 credits; visit http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty/management/resources/intern/instructions/

Prerequisites: 9 credits in MGMT beyond MGT 3120 & MGT 3121, & Departmental Permission

 

MKT 5100 Marketing Internship (see also BUS 3001-3)

Department of Marketing

Contact: Professor Gloria Thomas, 646.312.3349, Gloria.Thomas@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 12-256

Credits: 3 credits       Prerequisites: Senior Status and Departmental Permission

 

REAL ESTATE – Internship in Real Estate – register for BUS 3001-3

Department of Real Estate

Contact: Ms. Margo Weaker, 646.660.6937, Margo.Weaker@baruch.cuny.edu, 137 E. 22nd St., Room 410

Credits: 3 credits   Prerequisites: Must be declared BBA Real Estate major, admitted to Zicklin.

 

WEISSMAN COURSES

ART 5010-5011 Graphic Communication Internship / Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Contact: Professor Terry Berkowitz, 646.312.4059, artifice@pipeline.com, NVC 7-228

Credits/Hours: 8-14 hours, 3 credits          Prerequisites: ART 2050, 3050, 3058, and Permission from the Internship Coordinator

 

COM 5010 Internship in Business & Public Communication / Department of Communication Studies

Contact: Professor Jana O’Keefe Bazzoni, 646.312.3720, communication.studies@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 8-240

Credits/Hours: Min. 140 hours/ semester, plus online and campus meetings with internship coordinator, 3 credits

Visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/communication/Internships.htm

Prerequisites: Departmental permission and internship site approval; upper division Corp. Comm. majors only.

 

ECO 5010-5011 Training Program I & II

Department of Economics and Finance

To download forms: http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty/economics/resources/internships.html

Credits/Hours: 1 class hour, 20 work hours, 3 credits each             

Prerequisites: Economics major, Departmental Permission and Senior Status

 

JRN 5050-5051 Media Internship / Department of Journalism

Contact: Professor Joshua Mills, 646.312.3937, Joshua.Mills@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 7-262

Credits/Hours: 8-10 hours per week, 4 credits

Prerequisites: JRN 2500, 3050 (additional 3000-level course in JRN or creative writing for permission from Journalism Faculty

 

FPA 5070-5071 Arts Administration Internship / Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Contact: Professor Leonard Sussman, 646.312.4058, Leonard.Sussman@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 7-228

Credits/Hours: 8-10 hours per week, 3 credits                        Prerequisites: Departmental Permission

 

MSC 5050 - 5051 Internship in Music Management / Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Contact: Professor Andrew Tomasello, 646.312.4064, tomasello1@aol.com, NVC 7-235

Hours: Minimum of 10 hours per week, 3 credits (Summer Session: at least 140 hours over 6 weeks)

Visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/departments/arts/intern/index.html   Prerequisites: Departmental Permission

 

MTH 3901 - 3904 Actuarial Science Internship / Department of Mathematics

Contact: Professor Sarah Patterson, 646.312.4163, Sarah.Patterson@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 6-286

Credits/Hours: 1 credit per semester. Minimum of 10 hours per week at the internship. 

Prerequisites: Declared Actuarial Science major; internship must be related to Actuarial Science, in approved organization.

 

MTH 3905 - 3908 Mathematics Internship / Department of Mathematics

Contact: Professor Sarah Patterson, 646.312.4163, Sarah.Patterson@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 6-286

Credits/Hours: 1 credit per semester. Minimum of 10 hours per week at the internship. 

Prerequisites: Declared Mathematics major; internship must be related to Mathematics, in approved organization.

 

POL 5452 Field Work in Government and Politics / Department of Political Science

Contact: Professor Susan Tenenbaum, 646.312.4420, Susan.Tenenbaum@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 5-283

Credits: 3 credits – students can take the course up to two times (varying the internship) for a total of 6 credits.

www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/political_science/PoliticalScienceInternships.htm

Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in good standing

 

PSY 4035 Practicum in Community Psychological Services / Department of Psychology

Contact: Professor Harvey Barocas, 646.312.3814, Harvey.Barocas@baruch.cuny.edu, NVC 8-275

Credits/Hours: 1 seminar hour; 6 field hours; 4 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 1001, 6 additional credits in psychology, and permission from the psychology fieldwork coordinator

 

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS COURSES

PAF 5452 City Hall Internship in Public Affairs / School of Public Affairs (with Professor DiBrienza)

Contact: Melissa Sultana, Melissa.Sultana@baruch.cuny.edu, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box D-0901

   Cesar Garrido, Cesar.Garrido@baruch.cuny.edu

Credits/Hours: 150 hours/semester, 3 credits

Prerequisites: Dept. Permission; open to all Baruch undergraduates in good academic standing with at least 60 credits completed

 

PAF 5452 Hagedorn Non Profit Internship in Public Affairs

Contact: Professor Michael Feller, Michael.Feller@baruch.cuny.edu, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box D-0901

Credits/Hours: 150 hours per semester, 3 credits

Prerequisites: Departmental permission; open only to official Public Affairs majors with at least a 3.0 GPA

 

PAF 5452 Non Profit Leadership Alliance in Public Affairs

Contact: Professor Stan Altman, Stan.Altman@baruch.cuny.edu, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box D-0901

Credits/Hours: 150 hours/semester, 3 credits

Prerequisites: Dept. permission; open to all Baruch undergraduates in good academic standing with at least 45 credits completed

                 

(Many thanks to Michael Kalish, Associate Director & Manager, On-Campus Recruiting & Internships, STARR Career Development Center)

 

Note:  If you cannot find an internship course within your field of study, contact your department!