CPT and Internship Information
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering aspire to develop leaders who are well-read, well-spoken and knowledgeable about current business practices. Experiential education is recognized as a complementary praxis and integral to the overall academic experience. To this end, the schools offer enhanced curricula, special courses and extracurricular activities to enrich the student’s stay and to offer every student opportunities to achieve the schools’ aspirations.
The School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (ECEE) allows Electrical Engineering MSE and Electrical Engineering MS students to complete a maximum of 2 semesters of internship as CPT, while Electrical Engineering PHD students can complete a maximum of 4 semesters of internship as CPT. Please be aware that completing more than 12 months of internship revokes the use of OPT.
ECEE has specific policies, eligibility requirements, and forms that students need to be aware of. Please read through this page carefully to fully understand the CPT process for EE-MSE, EE-MS, and EE-PHD students.
Please note: Computer Engineering graduate students have different processes and requirements. Please refer to the Computer Engineering Forms page for more information.
CPT Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for CPT, you need to meet ISSC’s and ECEE’s eligibility requirements:
For more information, please refer to the ISSC CPT website.
For more information, please refer to the ECEE Blue Student Guide.
ECEE CPT Policies
Student who wish to complete an internship need to be aware of several key pieces of information.
|1.||Internships cannot start before the semester or session for which you will enroll in the CPT credit (EEE 684). For example, if you are interested in doing an internship in the summer semester, you cannot start working until the summer semester officially starts.|
|2.||Registration for internship must be done in the appropriate registration periods. We do not allow late registration for internships.|
|3.||If you are an RA or a TA, you cannot do an internship while you are employed by the department.|
|4.||If you an an MS or PHD student, your faculty mentor needs to approve of your internship and will need to sign the Student Sign Up form.|
|5.||The company that you wish to be an intern at must have a Student Placement Agreement on file with the Engineering Career Center. Please refer to the Engineering Career Center website for more information on this process.|
|6.||Your supervisor is required to submit an evaluation at the end of your internship to your assigned academic advisor. If your academic advisor does not receive a satisfactory evaluation, you could receive a failing grade (E). This will impact your GPA.|
|7.||You cannot do CPT if you have completed all of your degree requirements. If you have completed all of your degree requirements and are about to graduate, you should apply for Pre-OPT instead of CPT. Please speak to your assigned academic advisor for more information.|
Instructions and Checklist
If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above, please follow these instructions:
|1.||Confirm that the CPT Internship credit (EEE 684) is on your iPOS for the appropriate semester(s).|
|2.||Complete the three forms that can be found below on this page. All forms should be emailed to your assigned academic advisor:
|3.||Once your forms have been approved by the Graduate Program Chair, you will be given your forms back with all of the required signatures and permission to register for EEE 684 (1 credit) for the appropriate semester(s).|
|4.||Register for the appropriate semester(s) and bring your completed CPT packet to ISSC. This process can take 7-10 business days. Your packet needs to include the following:
When your internship is complete, the industrial supervisor must submit an internship evaluation to your assigned academic advisor. The evaluation should confirm successful internship completion and verify satisfactory performance. To complete the internship, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the industrial supervisor evaluation has been submitted to your assigned academic advisor.