Viterbi Graduate Student Internship Courses for Credit (CPT)
Internship Course Application Process (CPT) Virtual Drop-In Hours (For the rest of Summer 2023):
Drop in if you have questions about the Internship Course Application Process (CPT) as it relates to Career Connections’ review; staff can address questions about - the content of your job offer, d-clearance issues, general course questions (syllabi, assignments, skill survey), review of processing timeline.
Individual status updates are unavailable.
CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR INTERNSHIP COURSE APPLICATION
AFTER submitting an internship course application, students can check the status by following the steps below:
- Go to https://courses.uscden.net/
- Login [red button]
- Click on DEN@Viterbi Tools
- Click on "CPT Request Status" in the popup menu
See this brief Video with updates & steps on accessing the tool.
Viterbi manages several internship courses for credit providing a great opportunity for students to gain practical, hands-on work experience while earning course credit.
- At least 12 weeks during Fall and Spring, 10 weeks during Summer.
- A minimum of 10 hours per week.
International students can also participate in internships by enrolling in an internship course for credit and applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is a type of work authorization for eligible F-1 international students to participate in paid off-campus internships before graduation. However, it should not prevent the student from making reasonable progress towards the degree.
The Office of International Services (OIS) provides additional CPT information on their website that all graduate students should be aware of before applying.
Time at USC
Maintained full-time F-1 student status for at least one academic year (fall and spring).
If you attended undergraduate or Master's programs at a U.S. institution, you may be eligible for CPT earlier.
Please see a VASE advisor in OHE-106 and OIS CPT Website for more information.
Minimum GPA requirement to apply for a CPT:
Fall/Spring CPT: 3.0 +
Summer CPT: 2.75+
NOTE: If a student meets all CPT criteria and has a GPA of 0.00, VASE will process if the student is meeting satisfactory academic progress and can meet with a VASE advisor if they have any questions.
Progressive Degree Program (PDP)
Students are waived out of the Online Training requirement.
PhD Student Considerations
PhD students who have applied or are planning to apply for a program extension will not be approved unless the CPT directly supports research or writing the dissertation. In this case, you MUST upload an explanation from your advisor along with your offer letter.
Students on CPT cannot receive more than 25% RA/TA equivalent funding
Fulfilled Degree Requirements
Internship Course Application Process
Hours and Location
If it's your final semester, you can work full-time if your course enrollment is no more than 4 credits (not including CPT credit). 10-20 hours per week is considered part-time and 21-40 per week is considered full-time.
If it's NOT your final semester, you can only work part-time with full-time course enrollment**Students cannot take academic difficulty RCL with CPT simultaneously.
NOTE FOR REMOTE INTERNSHIPS:
- For Remote internship inquiries, please contact OIS for the latest eligibility requirements.
CPT authorization is intended to facilitate off-campus opportunities that resemble classroom instruction, albeit in a more practical context. A key characteristic of such an experience is a supervisory relationship, consisting of regular assignment and evaluation of deliverables. Practical Training also implies meaningful immersion in a professional environment.
Students who request CPT for remote internship positions should keep detailed documentation establishing:
- the existence of a supervisory relationship throughout their period of authorization, and
- how they achieved professional immersion despite working remotely.
- Ph.D. students must have passed the Qualifying Examination and be enrolled in Dissertation units in order to work outside the Los Angeles area during the Fall and Spring Semesters, or to be eligible for full-time CPT.
- Ph.D. students cannot hold a 50% assistantship during the Fall or Spring semesters and be approved for CPT.
- Ph.D. students on CPT cannot receive more than 25% RA/TA equivalent funding
Published on February 1st, 2018
Last updated on May 23rd, 2023