Many employment opportunities exist both on and off-campus for international students. Different policies and procedures exist depending on the situation.
Work up to 20 hours per week during the quarter and more than 20 hours per week during school breaks.
Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may be authorized when an internship is a required component of a student’s curriculum.
Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is 12 months of work authorization for F-1 visa students.
Other Employment Options
Learn about some other employment options for Cal Poly International Students.
F-1 Economic Hardship
F-1 Economic Hardship is off-campus employment that is approved by USCIS based on unforeseen severe economic hardship.
J-1 Academic Training
J-1 Academic Training is paid or nonpaid (volunteer) training directly related to the field of study listed on your DS-2019 form.
A U.S. Social Security Card is required to work on and off-campus.
Even if you do not work, all F-1 and J-1 visa holders must submit a form to the IRS each year.