Curricular Practical Training or "internship", is a work opportunity/experience for pay directly related to your studies that can be authorized during your academic program.
Immigration regulations state that:
Curricular Practical Training is intended to be an important element of an educational program. It is not to be seen or used as a convenient means to circumvent employment restrictions.
You must be in valid F-1 status and have been enrolled full-time for one full academic year.* An academic year for students on the semester calendar is 9 months. On the trimester calendar, an academic year is two consecutive trimesters.
*For F-1 students who transfer to UD after having been full-time enrolled in a academic program at another school in the US or on OPT might be eligible for CPT after one term at UD. Check with the International Student Services Office;
The internship course must be 1) an important and integral part of your program of study; 2) be listed in the catalog for credit; and 3) be approved by an appropriate faculty member or department chairman.
In general, CPT at UD is not limited (except in certain programs) and does not impact OPT eligibility. However, an accumulation of 12 or more months of full-time CPT eliminates OPT.
CPT does not alter full-time enrollment requirements. Generally when enrolled full-time, you may work only part-time - 20 hours per week. (Generally speaking, you will not be permitted to work part-time on campus while engaged in part-time curricular practical training.)
Full-time CPT (more than 20 hours per week) is permitted during vacations or when you are enrolled less than full-time as during a vacation or in your final term. Under very limited special circumstances full-time CPT may be authorized during full-time enrollment.
CPT is employer specific. It is authorized by Designated School Officials - Marilyn White or Rakia Johnson. Authorization is documented through SEVIS, the federal government data base, for a specific employer at a specific location for a specified period of time.