Internships & OPT FAQ

Unpaid Internship Eligibility & Requirements

Find and do an internship while you study in our International Program.

Why do an internship?

Gain experience at a real company in Silicon Valley. Also, the internship is worth 3 units per quarter and counts towards the minimum 12-unit requirement.

What is the cost of doing an internship?

$200.

How do I find an internship?

Look here for unpaid Internships www.internships.com, https://www.linkedin.com, https://www.ziprecruiter.com or https://www.indeed.com.

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Work with the Internship Coordinator.  They will send out your resume to our partners, making it easier to land an Internship.

I have secured an internship offer, now what?

Receive an offer letter or use our confirmation form describing:

Role and responsibilities and how it relates to your certificate.

# of hours per quarter you will be interning.

Supervisor’s title and contact information and company URL.

Once confirmed, we will enroll you in the course called “Business Practices for International Students”.

How many hours per week should my internship be?

A maximum of 20 hours per week, but no more than 200 per quarter.  The minimum is 90 hours.

Can my internship be paid?

No.

Does my internship need to be related to my studies?

Yes, and you must use the skills you are currently studying.

How am I evaluated for my work during the internship?

At the end of each quarter, your supervisor must submit a short evaluation of your work.

You must also evaluate your company.

Contact extensioninternational@ucsc.edu for more information

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Optional Practical Training (OPT) for International Students

Finish Your Studies And Get Real Work Experience In The US!

How do I qualify for OPT?

Studied for at least nine months.

Completed a professional certificate program.

F-1 status at the time of application.

When should I apply for OPT?

90 days before you complete your certificate.

How long is OPT and where can I work?

Up to one year. You can work anywhere in the U.S. as long as the job is related to your studies.

Can my OPT job be paid?

It can be paid or unpaid.

Does OPT cost anything?

$100 application fee will apply.

$410 to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Am I guaranteed employment by completing one of your certificate programs?

No, you must interview and receive an offer from a company willing to sponsor your practical training. Many of our students have successfully secured positions.

I've already completed OPT during my last degree studies. Can I do OPT again?

If you already had OPT at a Bachelor's degree or higher, you are not eligible for an OPT with a certificate.

International Inquiry Form

Contact Us
Speak to an international programs representative.

Call +1 (408) 450-4945

Envelope extensioninternational@ucsc.edu

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