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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

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:

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

Optional Practical Training PowerPoint Information

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

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.