Practical Training

Current Students

On Campus and Practical Training are the employment options available for international students.

Curricular Practical Training

  1. F-1 International student who is in good status.
  2. Student taking a Clinical and Field Practice class listed in the PCC catalog.
  3. Student has been officially accepted into the program.
  4. Student is referred by the department to the placement site.

How to Apply

Who May Apply

  • F-1 International student who is in good status.
  • Student taking a Clinical and Field Practice class listed in the PCC catalog.
  • Student has been officially accepted into the program.
  • Student is referred by the department to the placement site.

Conditions of Work

  • The class must be a requirement of the student’s major.
  • Student will earn credit in their major field of study for participating on site.

Although CPT is usually not done for pay, there is no regulation that it cannot be.

How to Apply

Bring the following to International Student Center:

  1. Proof of class registration
  2. Letter from the department providing:
    • The name or the placement site
    • Address
    • Dates of field practice
    • How the practical training is related to the major
  3. I-20
  4. Completed PDF Application for Curricular Practical Training

Important Information

  • CPT is authorized by the International Student Center.
  • If the student does not have a Social Security card, a letter will be provided to the student to take to the local Social Security office. Fieldwork CANNOT begin until the card is received.

Optional Practical Training

  • F-1 International students who have completed their associate degree and certificate program by the end of the current semester (Fall, Winter, Summer, or Spring).

How to Apply

Who May Apply

  • F-1 International students who have completed their associate degree and certificate program by the end of the current semester (Fall, Winter, Summer, or Spring).

Conditions of Work

  • Work must be related to field of study. 
  • Work can be full time. 
  • Work can be anywhere within the U.S.
  • Student must inform the International Student Center of address, email, and phone number change within 10 days each time any of this information changes.
  • Work is only granted for a maximum of 12 months.
  • Student has 2 months to find employment.
  • Total time is 14 months. If it takes longer than 2 months to find a job, the time is deducted from work authorization.
  • Once you receive authorization, no further on-campus employment is allowed. 
  • Must have Employment Authorization Document card (EAD) in hand.

If you are not in status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), your application will not be processed.

How to Apply

  1. Please see a International Student counselor at least THREE months before your last day of classes (request a letter to obtain social security card).
  2. Upon completion of both the graduation petition with a counselor AND certificate petition with the department, the student should make an appointment to meet with an International Student Counselor (ask for a copy of Graduation Petition and Certificate Petition at the time of petition).
  3. Pick up application packet from International Student Center (D-204) and obtain a new I-20 and letter of approval.
  4. Complete the attached PDFOptional Practical Training (OPT) packet, including a letter from the department that grants your certificate.

Important Information

  • Once a Optional Practical Training (OPT) application is submitted to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), it will be very difficult to change or cancel the application.
  • There are travel risks during Practical Training.
Monday thru Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Contact us:   626-585-7808  |    iso@pasadena.edu