CPT and Internship Guidelines


Students in the Electrical engineering Department and Computer Engineering program have often been attracted to engaging in part time internship opportunities during the academic year (and full time opportunities during the summer). Scheduling permitting, students may work maximum of 20 hours per week during an academic term.

Internship for Academic Credit

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate students can earn 1.0 graded credit towards the M.S. degree through internship engagement during the semester or summer. The student is responsible for the cost per credit, charged as regular tuition. Requests for internships exceeding 1 credit will only be approved in special cases. All internships must be relevant to areas of Electrical or Computer Engineering.

To determine eligibility, please refer to the Internship Process document.

In order to commence, the student must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The student must submit a CPT Supervised Internship Request Form (ELEN E6999) in order to be approved for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). You will need to submit an official written offer letter from the employer stating the terms of employment through the request form.
  2. Employment may not exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year.

Obtaining Approval from ISSO

Once the Electrical or Computer Engineering Department (or Computer Engineering Committee) has approved your request for CPT you must also obtain approval from ISSO.

In order to obtain approval from the ISSO, you must complete the following steps in order:

  1. Register for CPT. The course will be ELEN E6999. The section will be outlined in your departmental approval letter from Electrical or Computer Engineering. You will receive this from Ronald Curtis or a member of staff or faculty.
  2. Once registered, bring your CPT letter (available at the front desk on the 13th Fl. of Mudd), your employment/offer letter, passport, I-94 card and I-20 to the ISSO. Please note that an electronic copy is not accepted, you must bring printed copies to the ISSO. It will take up to (3) business days in order to obtain authorization to start the internship.

Internship Evaluation Reports

In order to earn a grade for the internship performed, the Department requires:

  1. The employer must submit an Electrical and Computer Engineering Supervisor Internship Evaluation Report, stating your responsibilities, performance, time frame, and number of hours worked.
  2. The student must submit an Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Internship Report, elaborating on the experience, projects, and relevance to degree program (this form will be active towards the end of Fall 2014).

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