Please Submit the appropriate documents listed for CPT Type #3
For-credit elective field experience required and directly related to the production of Thesis or Dissertation after completion of all coursework (graduate students only):
Master’s and PhD students (who have completed ALL their coursework) and are enrolled in Thesis or Dissertation hours respectively where the training opportunity is absolutely necessary component of the student’s research – without which the Thesis or Dissertation cannot be completed.
Enrollment: You must be registered for the appropriate number of Thesis or Dissertation hours during the period that you are working under CPT authorization.
This official letter must be on department letterhead and issued by your graduate coordinator or chairperson (in some cases, you might be required to submit a letter from your major professor before this letter is issued).
The letter should address the following points:
i. Your name, SSN, level, major, and expected graduation date.
ii. A statement that you have completed all of your coursework and will be registering for ‘X’ number of thesis or dissertation hours and will be engaging in CPT at X employer for X number of hours from mm/dd/yy to mm/dd/yy. Please remember that CPT authorization dates are always related to the start and end dates of a specific semester.
iii. The letter should have a statement describing the field experience, where it will occur (i.e. name and address of the employer), start and end dates of CPT and number of hours per week and how the proposed field experience is integral to the student’s course of study. (Please recall that CPT must never be used for the purpose of facilitating employment.)
iv. How will the proposed field experience assist the student in the development and production of the thesis or dissertation? Specifically, what thesis or dissertation data is being produced, validated or confirmed by the proposed field experience.
v. How will the academic advisor, relative to the production of the thesis or dissertation evaluate the student’s progress and effectiveness in the field experience?
vi. Where will the data that is produced, validated or confirmed by the proposed field experience appear in the thesis or dissertation?
Letter from employer on letterhead.
The letter must show the employer’s full name, *where you will be employed*, [NOT a PO box], description of CPT employment, start and end date, number of hours per week, and the name of the supervisor at the employment site who will be in charge of monitoring your CPT experience and remuneration if any.