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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Curricular Practical Training

CPT Overview

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an off-campus employment option available to F-1 students when the training (i.e. internship or employment) is considered an integral part of the established curriculum and directly related to the student’s major. “Training” refers to paid or unpaid work/study experience, internships, or cooperative education.

 

Time

CPT can only be used during a student’s program of study.

CPT must be renewed each semester

CPT approved for part-time (20h or less per week) or full-time (20+ hours per week).  Full-time CPT granted for summer semester only.

  • Students who use 12 full months of full-time CPT become ineligible for OPT under US immigration law.
  • NOTE: if you work 6 months of full-time CPT you will not affect the 12 months of OPT
  • Use of part-time CPT does not affect OPT
  • Consider applying for pre-completion OPT if your degree program is not eligible for CPT

 

Eligibility

You are eligible for CPT if:

  • Lawfully enrolled as full-time student for one academic year (fall + spring semester)
  • You will earn your degree from Otis College

Other requirements:

  • Must have an employment/training offer related to your major area of study
  • Students authorized for part time CPT (20 hours or less per week) must be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits for graduates and 12 credits for undergraduates each semester they engage in CPT. Students authorized for full time CPT (more than 20 hours per week) must be enrolled in at least one credit hour each semester they engage in CPT.
  • Students who have completed their program requirements and are merely delaying graduation to make use of CPT are NOT eligible.

 

CPT Employment Duration & Limitations
  • Approval granted each semester.
  • You must reapply prior to each semester if interning multiple semesters.
  • Not permitted to work until you receive an I-20 authorizing specific CPT dates
  • Approved for a specific employer and a specific time period

 

Application Procedure
  • Meet with your Department Chair and/or Instructor; request that s/he complete the CPT Authorization Request Form
  • Obtain detailed internship offer letter (see template)
  • Submit application to the Center for Creative Professions (CCP)
  • Pick up CPT I-20 after you have been notified via email by CCP
  • Obtain an Social Security Number (paid internships only)
  • DO NOT START THE INTERNSHIP BEFORE YOU ARE AUTHORIZED FOR CPT by the CENTER FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONS!