Director, International Student Services
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
phone: (727) 864-7678
For F-1 students there are several types of employment available, On-campus employment, Off-campus employment, Internships
At Eckerd College, this option is available to F-1 students who have received International Work Study from the Office of Financial Aid or a promise of employment from an on-campus employer. The student may work at any on-campus position for no more than 20 hours/week while school is in session, but on official school breaks a student may work full-time.
Do not work off-campus without approval from the International Student Advisor!! If you violate your status by working off-campus without authorization. These are serious infractions that can cause you serious problems and could require you having to leave the country.There are several ways to qualify for off-campus employment.
There are two types of internships available. Curricular Practical Training(CPT) is usually done as part of a class during the semester or as an internship during the summer. The training has to be "part of your curriculum" so it is recommended you complete it for credit. For more information on the limitations of this internship and how to apply, click on the link below.
The second type is usually done after graduation. It is called an Optional Practical Training (OPT) and is part of the F-1 visa regulations. For more information on deadlines, cost of the application and procedures, click on the link below