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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as employment which is an integral part of an established curriculum, including alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the institution.

Types of CPT

There are two types of Curricular Practical Training:  a required internship experience to meet graduation requirements or an optional course taken with an internship component (that is not required), but still an integral part of the program’s established curriculum. 

CPT is issued for a semester period and should be requested prior to the start of the semester.  If an internship is extended for an additional semester(s), students must register for academic credit and receive approval from the academic department and ISSS.  A new I-20 is created for each semester of CPT with updates to the student’s SEVIS record.

List A below includes courses for degree programs that require an internship or practicum experience.  Similarly, List B includes courses that are a valuable and integral part of a student’s academic experience and where academic credit earned will count toward graduation requirements. 

Required Internship Experiences/Practicums

Academic Program/School Courses
CLA: Required Immersive Experiences INTC 200
Theo: MDiv and MATM VOCF 601 & VOCF 602 (Leadership Seminar I & II)
Caspersen: MS in Data Science DATA 680 Summer Internship
Caspersen: MS in Finance FIN 680 (Summer Internship)
Caspersen: MAT EDUC 601, 602, 603 Clinical Practice I & Clinical Practice II
Caspersen: DLitt Teaching in the Two Year College ARTT 702
Caspersen: DLitt Conflict Resolution ARCR 850
Caspersen: DMH MDHM 908
Caspersen: MMH MDHM 902

Optional Internship Experiences/Practicums

Academic Program/School Courses
CLA: Internship Experience INTC 200
CLA: Independent Study – Internship 300 level course
CLA: Senior Civic Project CE 301
Caspersen:  Master’s Internship EDUC 605; INTG 900
Caspersen:  Doctoral Internship ARCR 900; HIST 805; INTG 900
Theo: Master’s Apprenticeship, Internships, and Practical

TMUS 800 (Chapel Choir); VOCF 610 (Vocational Apprenticeship);  VOCF 806 (Chapel Practicum): VOCF 875 (Vocational Internship)

Other Practical Theology courses as approved (BBCL, PCC, PREA, REDU, WOR)

Theo: Ph.D. Internship (CPT is not available for students in the DMin) INTT 900 (Internship)