Office of Internships and Experiential Learning Staff:Carrie Gardner, Administrative Director Mary Dahl, Program Assistant Location:Career Resource Center, 308 Alfiero Center Walk-ins:Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Website: mgt.buffalo.edu/internships
What roles do we play? Part of Career Resource Center team Academic registration for internships Employer relationships & assistance BizLink postings Work authorization requests International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Support before, during and after the internship Academic assignments & grades
Required to Graduate: One successful internship experience, approved and registered for academic credit through our office. Required to Participate: Good academic standing (GPA >/= 3.0) International students must have completed 2 semesters of academic program (your first year)
Academic Credit and Internships 3 elective credits (648) -18 credit hour limit Registered same semester as internship - BEFORE internship begins Graded pass/fail - Academic assignments - Syllabus located in BizLink, website, UBLearns Summer internships = summer tuition - all students Can earn money and academic credit simultaneously
What is CPT? Curricular Practical Training (CPT) – off-campus employment authorization that enables international students in F-1 visa status to legally take part in an internship that is integral to the curriculum. ◦ Connected to academic registration for your internship. ◦ Enables you to perform work for an employer during an internship without violating your visa status.
CPT Guidelines Limit of 2 CPT’s per international student One CPT at a time No fee; 3 to 7 days for authorization New I-20 will be generated Fall / Spring: Maximum 20 hours per week Summer: Maximum 40 hours per week No CPT after graduation International Student and Scholar Services: website and workshops International Student and Scholar Services: website and workshops
Order of Business 1. Obtain an internship offer and accept 2. Report your internship in BizLink 3. Academic registration and paperwork are prepared Advisor letter Proof of academic registration 4. Take paperwork to ISSS for CPT processing 5. New I-20 arrives/CPT authorized 6. Internship begins
BizLink Search internship postings and apply Report your internship Submit required assignments & evaluations Resource Library (online) Register for CRC events Sign up for on-campus interviews Website FAQ’s Links Page Syllabus & Key Documents Sample Internship Descriptions Students do find internships by Networking !
Cultural Advice Once you have accepted an internship offer, it is yours ◦ Verbal agreements constitute a commitment ◦ You cannot accept multiple offers Internships are not a guarantee of employment ◦ Keep your focus on the internship – let your performance speak for you Use caution if negotiating with an employer ◦ Pressure may result in negative consequences ◦ Posted internship pay is usually non-negotiable ◦ Ask for perspectives from our staff