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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. This employment is not available after a student completes the course of study.
  • Hours Per Week: limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session. But students are allowed to work 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 Dining Services on campus, which are not posted here.

For Information on Social Security Number Card, please check out our section on Social Security Number.

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 students have completed one year of full time enrollment, and the F-1 Status is maintained, students can apply for Curricular Practical Training or CPT, which is temporary employment or training within 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.

We work closely with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work as they serve as the hub for all internships on campus. You will therefore see that the process goes between the Strommen Center AND the ISSS office.

Please be aware that you can not start training, orientation, or work before you complete your paperwork with Strommen and ISSS and have your new I-20 in hand.

How to get started?

CPT: Curricular Practical Training Presentation


Application Steps: Strommen Center’s Internship Registration Steps for International Students

Form 1Internship Site Agreement Form

Form 2: Curricular Practical Training Request and Verification Form 


Students seeking CPT for CREDIT

Form 3: Internship Registration Form for UNDERGRADUATES: 


Students seeking CPT for NON-CREDIT (0-Credit):  

Form 4: Augsburg Experience Internship Form


ISSS requires you to fill out the following form:

Curricular Practical Training Request and Verification Form

If you are taking this CPT opportunity as part of a course with credits, please contact your faculty advisor and registrar for next steps.


Post – Completion Employment or Internships

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

If you plan to do any Optional Practical Training after graduating or are not sure, we recommend you come in at least 4 months in advance of your program end date (the last day of your final semester) to talk through the process, understand how to apply and the timeline. OPT is a benefit of your F-1 status and you have the opportunity to work in your major field of study. ISSS will offer OPT sessions.

We highly recommend attending one of those sessions, and then set up a one to one meeting with an ISSS Advisor to begin the process to apply.  We recommend that you begin working with the Strommen Center a semester before your final semester for support in resume, networking, and interviewing.

Please review the following documents for more detailed guidance and planning:

Step 1OPT: Optional Practical Training Presentation

Step 2: Optional Practical Training Advising Sheet, Faculty Advisor Form & Planning Guide 

Step 3: USCIS Application and Process I-765 Form and Instructions

STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension

After twelve months of Optional Practical Training, students in STEM Eligible fields can apply for STEM OPT. You must be doing your OPT in the major field of study that is a STEM Eligible Field and be working with an E-Verified employer. For more information, please speak with your advisor. You must submit your application before your OPT runs out, but we recommend you work with us 4-5 months before the end of your initial EAD.

STEM Extension Advising Packet & Planning Guide

Training Plan for STEM OPT Students (I-983 Form)