F-1 and J-1 students are allowed some employment benefits that enable them to pursue internships and full-time employment in the U.S.
Students on the F-1 visa may work on-campus without any special work authorization for up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session and up to 40 hours/week during vacations and breaks. Applications for on-campus employment are made through individual offices and departments.
Students on the J-1 visa may work on-campus with the authorization of the Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer for up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session and up to 40 hours/week during vacations and breaks.
New students transferring student to WFU:
You may begin working on campus after your transfer release date and only if WFU has issued your new I-20 and you have the I-20 in hand.
Students transferring out of WFU:
All on-campus employment at WFU must end on or before your transfer release date. You cannot begin employment at your new school until your F-1 record has been released to your new school and the new school has issued your I-20.
Applications for on-campus employment are made through individual offices and departments. Your hiring manager should notify WFU Human Resources as soon as you receive an offer of employment. For information about how to apply for a Social Security Number, click here.
Curricular Practical Training
CPT is a benefit of the F visa status for those currently enrolled in full-time degree seeking programs. CPT allows students to pursue off-campus internships in their field of academic study. CPT must be pre-approved by a Designated School Official in the Center for Global Programs and Studies. An offer of employment is required. For more information and application instructions, please visit below:
Optional Practical Training
OPT is a benefit of the F visa status. OPT provides students with 12 months to pursue full-time employment in their field of academic study. OPT can be pursued pre and/or post graduation. Applications must be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for approval, a process that can take 2-3 months. An offer of employment is not required. For more information, please visit below:
Academic Training is a benefit of the J visa status. Academic Training provides students with the opportunity to pursue internships or employment that relate to their course of study. Academic Training can be pursued pre and/or post graduation. Applications for Academic Training are submitted to the Center for Global Programs & Studies. An offer of employment is required.