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Curricular Practical Training

CPT for Statistics graduate students

What is CPT?

Curricular Practical Training is an authorized period of employment that is an integral or important part of a student’s curriculum.

This information is designed for students in F-1 status. It will provide you with information on a type of employment opportunity, which is known as "curricular practical training" (off-campus employment). Please also attend a Practical Training workshop.

In cases where the practical internship is not a requirement, the department must offer a CPT course for which the student receives academic credit.
The CPT course must be offered during the same quarter as the internship period. Failure to enroll in and complete the class will result in immediate violation of your legal status. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill all requirements of CPT.

Note: Students must be current students in either degree/major and have not already conferred their Statistics M.S. degree.

Step 1: Check CPT eligibility with Bechtel International Center

CPT is authorized by the I-Center. You can submit your application as soon as you have a job offer and have ENROLLED in the CPT course (step 4), but no later than 10 working days prior to the start date of employment. A new I-20 authorizing the requested employment period will be issued.

Step 2: Request offer letter from employer

Students are advised to request an offer letter from the employer before employment begins. The offer letter should state the terms of employment: job description/summary of duties, dates of employment*, full-time or part-time classification (hours per week you will be working).

Step 3: Notify your Adviser

You must notify your adviser about your employment and that you will be enrolling under their section number within 10 working days prior to the start date of employment.

Do not expect your adviser to be able to approve your CPT application if you give them less than the above length of time.

Step 4: Enroll in appropriate Statistics CPT course

You must enroll in the Statistics CPT course before applying for CPT.

Explore Courses

Choose the schedule for the quarter you will be participating in CPT (Filter > term offered)
Click Schedule for STATS298 to expand the list of faculty for the corresponding quarter (your adviser's section# may not be the same each quarter).
Find the name of your adviser or faculty member you have been advised by and enroll in that section number/class # in Axess.

Statistics M.S. & Ph.D.:

Enroll in the course titled: Industrial Research for Statisticians (1 unit)

Masters: STATS298: Industrial Research for Statisticians

Doctoral: STATS398: Industrial Research for Statisticians

Note: Statistics Ph.D. students who have obtained TGR status are not eligible for CPT in any quarter including summer.  Statistics Ph.D. students are typically responsible for summer tuition if they enroll in a CPT course.

Step 5: Apply for CPT in Axess

Please also attend a Practical Training Workshop and download the Application Procedure pdf.

Employment dates for CPT

For CPT during the regular academic year (Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters) when students are required to be enrolled full-time (University policy: graduate students must be at-status), you may only work part-time under CPT, and the proposed start and end dates of CPT must closely follow the academic calendar.  No exceptions can be made.

The allowable CPT employment dates for the academic year can be found on Bechtel's website.


Attention: Verify the dates of employment.

You will not be able to enroll in STATS298 after the final study list deadline for that particular quarter. You will need to renegotiate your start date if you miss this deadline.

(Example: If your employer wants you to begin working before the allowable start date for summer quarter, but you did not enroll in STATS298 before the final study list deadline for spring quarter, you will not be able to add the course and apply for CPT. Neither the department nor your faculty adviser will be able help you with this!)

Step 6: Social Security Number Eligibility

Please verify your eligibility on Bechtel's webpage.

Step 7: At the end of the quarter, submit employment summary to your adviser. We are not asking for any information that is  proprietary to the company you worked for, instead, describe your use of statistical tools/methods applied to broader questions

In order to receive credit for this, you must submit a one page write-up about your employment experience and the outcome of your work. You need to email this to me (cgates AT thisuniversity DOTEDU) and your adviser no later than 5PM.