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On-campus Employment

F-1 students are generally permitted to work in any on-campus position while they are attending that school and maintaining their F-1 status. On-campus employment does not require the authorization or updates to the SEVIS record.

  • Duration: throughout period student is pursuing a full course of study; Cannot be used after a student completes the course of study.
  • Hours Per Week: limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session; can be up to 40 hours per week during official school breaks (ie. summer/winter/spring breaks).

To look for current on-campus job opportunities, you should sign in your Augnet account and visit On-Campus Student Jobs through Handshake. Make sure you have selected On-campus to be directed to the correct opportunities as a number of jobs are posted here. You can also work at places such as the Augsburg Bookstore or Aviand’s on campus, which are not posted here.

Off-campus Employment or internship experiences

F-1 students may be authorized and documented in SEVIS to work or internship experiences off campus related to their major field of study once they have been in F-1 Status for one year and studied full time. Before you participate in any kind of off-campus employment, volunteering, or internships, please consult an international student advisor. See the types of off campus opportunities below.

Economic Hardship Work Authorization

In very rare circumstances, students can be authorized for Economic Hardship Work Authorization.  This requires specific circumstances and close working with your international student advisor.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Once one year of full time F-1 Status is maintained, students can apply for Curricular Practical Training or CPT, which is temporary employment or training with in their major field of study and integral to the curriculum.  Meet with your international student advisor for more details. You must receive approval before you begin with a new I-20. Also, please refer to the following resources:

Strommen Center’s Internship Registration Steps for International Students

Curricular Practical Training Faculty Form & Advising Handout

Curricular Practical Training PowerPoint Presentation

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Post graduation, your opportunity for training or employment is Optional Practical Training or OPT.  Please refer to our Graduation & Beyond section for more information.

Social Security Number (SSN)

If this is your first-time to get a job in the United States, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number. Please review this information before you go.  As an F-1 student, you will need the following documents to apply for a Social Security Number:

****Note: (1) There is no fee to apply. (2) Twin Cities residence must use the Social Security Card Center to apply. The Center is located at 1811 Chicago Avenue, Suite 2, Minneapolis, MN. It’s open between 9am and 3:30pm from Monday to Friday. (3) Make sure to get a receipt from your visit.