Every internship journey has unique aspects but the typical process at Principia College can be summarized as follows:
Please note: if you accumulate 365 days of full-time CPT before graduation, you lose eligibility for OPT.
An internship done through Principia is a course. An off-campus practicum is also a course. Both of these off-campus employment scenarios can be achieved through CPT. But what if you are interested in doing an off-campus job – not an internship – within the U.S. before graduating? This can be done through pre-completion OPT. We generally don’t recommend pre-completion OPT since it takes away from post-completion OPT. We recommend using OPT after graduation.
Work authorization rules of an F-1 visa apply only when you are in the United States. We encourage and support employment and internships outside the U.S., especially in home countries. Employment in your home country during your time as a student can not only earn you money and keep you connected with loved ones, it is also a way of building and maintaining career networks that can boost your employment opportunities after graduation.