International Student Service Center

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 then 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 20hours 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 COURSES

BUS 3001-3003 Business Internship (for a detailed description of the eligibilty and course requirements please click here.)
Zicklin School of Business  
Hours:  1 credit pass/fail.  10-15 hrs/week for unpaid internships; 10-20 hrs/week for paid internships; full time in summer.
Contact the professor in the specific department below who is listed on this sheet for information.
Prerequisite: Open to students admitted to, and in good standing with, the Zicklin School of Business. 

ACC 5100/5200 Accounting Internship   (see also BUS 3001-3)
Stan Ross Department Of Accountancy
Contact: Professor Joseph Weintrop, 646 312 3092, Room VC 13-251 accounting.internship@baruch.cuny.edu
Office Hours: Monday 10-12 and Tuesday 10-12.
Credits: ACC 5100 -1 credit / ACC 5200 - 3 credits, visit http://web.gc.cuny.edu/business/internships/Accounting_Undergraduate_Department_Internships.doc
Prerequisite: Admission to Zicklin and Accounting major

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, Room VC 11-243 pai-chun_ma@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits: 3 credits
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission; priority will be given to graduating Seniors.  Visit www.eduflow.com/baruch/index.asp

ECO 5010-5011 Training Program I & II (for a detailed description of the eligibilty and course requirements please click here.)

FIN 5610-5611 Training Program I & II   (see also BUS 3001- 3) (for a detailed description of the eligibilty and course requirements please click here.)
Department Of Economics And Finance
Contact: Professor Gwendolyn P. Webb, 646 312-3485, Room 10-284 VC Gwendolyn_Webb@baruch.cuny.edu or 
Ashok Vora, 646 312-3475, 10-265 VC, Ashok_Vora@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 1 class hour, 20 work hours, 3 credits each
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission and Senior Status

MGT 5110 Management Internship  (see also BUS 3001-3)
Department Of Management
Contact: Professor Moshe Banai, 646-312-3631, Room 9-239 VC Moshe_banai@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits: 3 credits; visit http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty/management/resources/intern/instructions/
Prerequisite: 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 Clifford Wymbs, 646 312 3299, Room VC 12-284, Clifford_wymbs@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits: 3 credits
Prerequisite: Senior Status and Departmental Permission

REAL ESTATE—Internship in Real Estate—register for BUS 3001-3
Department of Real Estate
Contact: Prof. Rui Yao,  646-660-6934 or email: rui_yao@Baruch.cuny.edu,  137 E. 22nd St., room 407.
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: Prof. Terry Berkowitz, 646-312-4059, VC7-227, artifice@pipeline.com
Credits/Hours: 8-14 hours, 3 credits, visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/slas/departments/arts/intern/index.html
Prerequisite: ART 2050, 3050, 3058, and Permission of the Internship Coordinator

COM 5010 Internship In Business & Public Communication / Department Of Communication Studies
Contact: Professor Jana O’Keefe Bazzoni, 646 312 3728, Room VC 08-240 Jana_O’Keefe_Bazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 8-10 hours (112-140 hrs) plus periodic conferences with Internship Coordinator, 3 Credits
Visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/departments/communication/internships.html
Prerequisite: Depart. permission & internship site approval; upper division Corporate Comm. Majors only.

ECO 5010-5011 Training Program I & II  / Department Of Economics And Finance
Contact: Professor Gwendolyn P. Webb, 646 312-3485, Room 10-284 VC Gwendolyn_Webb@baruch.cuny.edu or   Ashok Vora, 646 312-3475, 10-265 VC, Ashok_Vora@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 1 class hour, 20 work hours, 3 credits each
Prerequisite: Economics major, Departmental Permission and Senior Status

ENG 5050-5051 Media Internship / Department Of English
Contact: Professor Geanne Rosenberg, 646 312-3969, Room VC 07-262 4648 geanne_rosenberg@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 8-10 hours, 3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 2150 & 3050 (2550)

FPA 5070-5071 Arts Administration Internship / Department Of Fine And Performing Arts
Contact: Professor Eric Krebs, 646 312 4067, or 212 967 7079 Room VC 07-222  ektminc@aol.com
Credits/Hours:  8-10 hours/week, 3 credits, visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/slas/departments/arts/intern/index.html
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission

MSC 5050/5051 Internship in Music Management / Department Of Fine And Performing Arts
Contact: Professor Kyra Gaunt, 646-312-4052, Room VC 07-219 kyra_gaunt@baruch.cuny.edu
Hours: 10 hours/week, 3 credits, visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/slas/departments/arts/intern/index.html
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission

MTH 3901-3904 Actuarial Science / Department of Mathematics
Contact:
Professor Walter Wang, 646-312-4139, Office 6294 VC, walter_wang@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 1 credit per semester, Minimum of 10 hours/week at the internship.
Prerequisites: Declared Acturail Science major; internship must be related to Acturial Science, in approved organization.

MTH 3905 - 3908 Mathematics Internship / Department of Mathematics
Contact:
Professor Walter Wang, 646-312-4139, Office 6-294 VC, walter_wang@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 1 credit per semester. Minimum of 10 hours/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, Room VC 05-283 susan_tenenbaum@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits: 3 credits – students can take the course up to two times (varying the internship) for a total of 6 credits.
Prerequisite: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in good standing
http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/slas/departments/political_science/intern.html

PSY 4035-4036 Practicum in Community Psychological Services  / Department Of Psychology
Contact: Professor Harvey Barocas, 646 312 3814, Room VC 08-275  harvey_barocas@baruch.cuny.edu
Credits/Hours: 1 seminar hour; 4 field hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite:  PSY 1001, 6 additional credits in psychology, and permission of the psychology field work coordinator prior to registration

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COURSE

PAF  5452 Internship in Public Affairs / School of Public Affairs
Contact: Jennifer Harrington, Jennifer_Harrington@baruch.cuny.edu, 1 Bernard Baruch Way,
Box D- 0901
Credits/Hours:  150/semester, 3 credits
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission; open only to Public Affairs majors

(Many thanks to Heather Krasna, Internship Coordinator for Undergradute Students for providing us with this detailed list of internship courses)

 

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