UPDATED – Yes international students can intern in the United States; you must check with your international student coordinator to ensure that you follow the correct process. If you want to intern in the US, you typically have two options: Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Most international students prefer to use CPT when interning because it allows them to save up all of their OPT in order to use it to work for one full year after graduation. CPT requires that your internship is related to your major and that you receive academic credit for your internship. Again, it is vital that you connect with your campus’ international student coordinator. It is also recommended that you connect with your campus’ internship coordinator to set up a learning agreement.
In the next Internship Basics post, we’ll answer the question, When should I intern?