Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Work Authorization Process

ELIGIBILITY: First year students who have secured a summer internship

Permanent Residents/U.S. Citizens:

Some companies (particularly, though not limited to, those in the media and entertainment fields), require that students be able to use their summer experience as credit toward a degree. The MBAPO – Academic Affairs will offer summer courses that will fulfill this requirement; the course and registration process are described below.

International Students:

International students in F-1 status may be authorized to work in the U.S. under the auspices of Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Since OPT authorization may average about 60 days and must be adjudicated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), most first year F-1 students will apply for CPT which can be authorized by ISSS upon application and review. To apply for CPT, students must have a written internship offer and be registered for a summer course that can be taken in conjunction with their internship.  Please see below for course and registration information. International students should have an active SEVIS record and hold valid F-1 status before being eligible for CPT.  You can direct individual inquiries about work authorization to your assigned ISSS Advisor (see your iPenn home page for their name/email). If you are a J-1 student, contact your ISSS Advisor regarding your options.


MGMT 8910

Leadership in the 21st Century: Learn how to lead others in the new world of work

Course Description: In an increasingly connected and fast-moving workplace, leaders can no longer succeed simply by exerting authority and telling others what to do. Today’s successful leaders lead by creating positive and productive organizational cultures, where teamwork and collaboration are valued as much or more than individual performance. This course was designed to teach you how to create a workplace where your employees thrive so you can set high goals for your organization and meet them. You’ll learn how to identify givers, takers, and matchers within your organization, how to recognize and retain your most talented employees, how to build effective and collaborative teams, and how to create an organizational culture that will be successful in the new world of work. Featuring the world’s most acclaimed professors and their cutting edge research on the qualities and behaviors of both successful and unsuccessful work environments, Leadership for the 21st Century will inspire you and your employees to make change for the better, and will give you the tools you need to develop a positive strategy for leading your firm into the future.

This course was developed by faculty in the Wharton Management Department and will be delivered via Canvas.


International students who intend to apply for Curricular Practical Training approval through ISSS must first register for the above course. Registration will be completed by the MBA Program Office within 3 business days after watching the required video.

**Please note that your major(s) on your transcript in Path@Penn must match the major(s) that you list in the CPT form. If you would like to change your major, please do so here.**

Please go to Campus Groups>My Checklists to begin the process.