This page will provide guidance on the CPT application process for both Middlebury College and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. 

For Middlebury College Students

Both Winter term and summer internships that are approved for credit through their separate processes may qualify for CPT. In both options, it is important to consult the CCI internships webpage and the main ISSS CPT webpage for more information.  

Winter CPT Application for Off-Campus Training

Important Note Before Starting your Application

You will be required to upload the following documents in the CPT application:

How to Apply

Follow these steps:

  • Apply for a winter term internship for credit through CCI. Be aware there are application deadlines each year. 
  • Once your application has been approved by CCI, complete the CPT Application that can be found on the ISSS Forms and Resources page under the “Student Employment Authorization” heading. It is an online form that will require the submission of an Advisor Confirmation and Activity Letter (see above Important Note Before Starting your Application). 

After the application is submitted:

  • ISSS will review your application to determine if you and the opportunity qualify for CPT.
  • If approved, ISSS will update your SEVIS record with an endorsement for CPT and issue an updated I-20, showing the dates of authorization and details about the internship sponsor. This can be used to satisfy I-9 requirements at the organization. 
  • An F-1 student must receive CCI approval and the I-20 with CPT approval before starting the off-campus experience during Winter term. Students may only begin the internship on or after the CPT start date on their updated I-20; this includes any training or orientation that may be required prior to the internship beginning.

​Summer CPT Application for Off-Campus Training

Updates will be provided here in Spring 2023.


For Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey students

Application Process

The student must:

The company/organization:

Provides the student with an offer letter for which CPT is being requested. The letter from the employer must be on company letterhead and provide information needed to approve the off-campus training request (see the Student section for the Internship/Fieldwork Offer Letter Guidelines.)

The course instructor or academic advisor:

Responsible for completing the CPT Recommendation Form and providing it to the student for their CPT application.  This form provides a confirmation to ISSS that the student is enrolled in a course that requires the off-campus experience. 

Note: The Fieldwork Enrollment Application does not require the CPT Recommendation Form.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS):

  • Reviews CPT application and supporting documentation submitted by student.
  • Upon approval, will print I-20 with CPT authorization for student. 
  • Student will receive an email from ISSS once the I-20 has been issued, along with information about how to maintain status while engaging in off-campus training.

CPT Application for Off-Campus Training

Use this application if you are applying for CPT based upon enrollment in a course, other than the Fieldwork course, that requires participation in an off-campus experience. Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • International Professional Service Semester (IPSS)
  • IEM Practicum Course
  • IEP APP
  • DPP Independent Practicum

Important Note Before Starting your Application

You will be required to upload the following documents in the CPT application:

  • An offer letter from the organization or company. Please contact your internship host in advance of completing this application if you do not already have an offer letter with the required information
  • CPT Recommendation Letter, completed by the course instructor.
  • Unofficial Transcripts, printed from BannerWeb, which shows enrollment in the course for which you are requesting the CPT approval.

An F-1 student must have received approval and the I-20 with CPT approval before starting the off-campus experience.

CPT Internship Application

Fieldwork Enrollment Application

Use this application if you intend to request enrollment in the Fieldwork Course and CPT for your off-campus internship. Prior to the course, students arrange for their own internship or fieldwork, which they then undertake at the same time they are enrolled in the course. This course satisfies the credit-bearing course requirement for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization eligibility, as long as the experience relates to the student’s field of study, and the student meets all other eligibility criteria

To be eligible to enroll in the course, students must meet the CPT eligibility criteria.

Important Note Before Starting your Application

You will be required to upload a supplemental letter from the organization or company.  This Supplemental Letter contains information needed to request enrollment in the Fieldwork course and is also used by ISSS for the CPT approval process.  Please contact your internship host in advance of completing this application if you do not already have an offer letter with the required information

Once your application has been submitted, please note that you will receive two emails:

  • One from the instructor of the course, confirming enrollment in the course
  • The second from ISSS, once the CPT has been approved.  Please allow 7-10 business days from the date of enrollment in the course for ISSS to process the CPT request.

An F-1 student must have received approval and the I-20 with CPT approval before starting the off-campus experience.

Fieldwork Enrollment Application 

updated 11/29/2022

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