Practical Training

Practical Training is authorization for temporary employment that allows F-1 students to work off-campus for the purpose of gaining experience or additional knowledge in their fields of study. Practical Training includes:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) >
Are you required to participate in an off-campus internship? Will off-campus experience help you complete the requirements for your degree? CPT may be the right practical training authorization for you.

Optional Practical Training  (OPT) >
Are you interested in gaining optional experience in your field of study during or following the completion of your degree here at Rutgers? OPT may be the right practical training authorization for you.

OPT Extensions >
Some F-1 students may be eligible for an extension of their initial 12 months of OPT if they have received a degree in an eligible STEM field or have a pending or approved H-1B application.