Curricular Practical Training


Bates College offers Curricular Practical Training to undergraduate students who have completed one academic year at the college and declared their major. Speak to the DSO before committing to any internship.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is employment that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study/internship, or cooperative education arranged with the approval of your Bates school program, or any type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. CPT may take place during the academic year if it is a requirement for your degree and offered as part of an internship course in your field of study or in the summer. CPT may only be used prior to the completion of a course of study. Because USCIS uses a broad definition of employment – any activity for which a student receives a benefit which is monetary or otherwise – even unpaid internships require CPT authorization.


Bates requires students seeking CPT to complete a Summer CPT Form. Not all internships are eligible for CPT. A determination will be made based on the information supplied on your application. If CPT is not an option then you may apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT information is available on the ISSS website or through this link.

Students are eligible to participate in two CPT programs.  Normally, students seek internships between their sophomore and junior years and/or junior and senior years.  A request for a third CPT opportunity may be granted under rare circumstances.  Remember, speak to the DSO before committing to any internship.