Employment Options for International Students
Employment Options for F-1 Students
· On-campus Employment
International students who are maintaining their F-1 status may work on-campus for up to 20 hours a week while school is in session. Students may work more than 20 hours a week during official school breaks when classes are not in session, as long as they have permission from their supervisor. The Human Resources office maintains an online job board for student employment opportunities.
· Off-campus Employment
CPT is work experience related to a person’s major which is an integral part of the established curriculum and is coordinated through Career Services. It is not an entitled benefit.
OPT is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain actual employment experience and to “round out” or complement students’ academic work. This is not an entitled benefit. An F-1 student can be authorized to receive up to a total of 12 months of practical training after completion of studies. Students may not take any classes during OPT.
J-1 exchange students can be authorized in certain situations for employment characterized as Academic Training, the name used by the Department of State (DOS) for certain types of study-related employment. Academic Training is flexible in its format and offers a variety of employment situations to supplement your academic program in the United States. It is available before completion of your program of study (that is, concurrent with your studies) as well as afterwards.
All Academic Training must be authorized by the Responsible Officer (Sara Demko at Westminster College) prior to beginning employment.