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Office of International & Multicultural Affairs

Lenee Woodson
Santa Rita Hall 203

Phone: (973) 290-4215
lwoodson@cse.edu

Current Students - Employment and Internship

Here is the information you need to know regarding employment and internships:

Obtaining Your Social Security Card

A Social Security card and number are used in the United States for taxation, employment, and banking purposes. When you reach the College of Saint Elizabeth, someone in the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs will help you get your own Social Security number if you need one. We sponsor trips to the local Social Security office at the start of each semester. Please visit the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs for more information on this.

On-Campus Employment Program

The Student Employment Program is designed to serve a dual purpose – to provide opportunities to our students and to help fill the employment needs of the College. Beyond the obvious opportunity to help pay some of the expenses of your college education, campus jobs also add another dimension to your experience

Campus jobs run the gamut of clerical to technical and everything in between. CSE students are found working in all of the Offices of the College: setting up and maintaining Science Labs; tutoring their peers in the Learning Center; troubleshooting and training students and professionals alike on the latest software in the Academic Computer Center; assisting students as well as faculty in Mahoney Library; teaching workshops in the Math & Science Departments; being receptionists or Community Assistants in the Residence Halls; lifeguarding the CSE Pool; producing and/or staring in programs through the TV Studio/Media Services; and being Admissions Ambassadors to prospective students.

Most campus jobs pay $7.25 per hour and require from 8-12 hours per week. A student can earn approximately $750 per semester. Students are paid the 15th of the month. Some jobs, which require more training and skills pay a higher rate.

Generally there are more students looking for jobs than there are jobs; however, by the end of fall semester, interested students are placed. Your success in finding a job will depend largely upon your attitude, desire, and follow-through.

In order to obtain a campus job you must:
  1. Complete the necessary paperwork:
    • Student Employment Application
    • W 4 – Employee Withholding Form
    • I 9 – Eligibility Verification Form
    • Student Employment Contract

    The I-9 form is available in the Financial Aid Office. All other forms may be obtained from Career Services.

  2. Find out what jobs are available and who to contact for an interview at CSE Connects.
  3. When you have obtained a job, you will return the signed contract to the Office of Career Services & Student Employment, at which time you will be given your first time sheet.

    Approximately every three weeks student employees submit completed time sheets to the Career Services Office. One week later, you will return to pick up your paycheck.

    ** Direct Deposit of your paycheck into your bank account is available. Simply stop by the Business Office to complete the Direct Deposit form. You will still need to pick up your pay stub from Career Services.
Student Employees of the College are expected to:

Types of Work at CSE

Regular Student Employment

Any on-campus, part-time job during the academic year or summer held while an individual is enrolled at the College.

Off-Campus Work (including Internships)

Curricular Practical Training (Internships)

What Is CPT?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is off-campus employment that is an integral part of your academic curriculum. It can be alternate work/study, an internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum. Work done through CPT must be directly related to your major, and will only be authorized for a particular job with a specific employer at a definite location and for a predetermined period of time.

You may NOT begin working under CPT until you have received approval from the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs.

Who Is Eligible for CPT?

Any F-1 student who has been enrolled in school full-time for one full academic year (i.e., two semesters) is eligible to apply for CPT.

Are There Any Restrictions on CPT?

CPT may be part-time or full-time, as mandated by your course of studies. Under CPT, you may work full-time for a maximum of 12 months, unless your major requires more. (Twelve months of full-time CPT will make you ineligible for Optional Practical Training.) There is currently no time limit on part-time CPT employment, so long as it is an integral part of your academic curriculum.

How Do I Apply for CPT?

Bring the following items to the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs:

Once all of these items have been presented to the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs, your Curricular Practical Training may be approved. Please allow one week for approval of CPT after all the necessary papers have been submitted.

Optional Practical Training – F-1 Employment Authorization Information

What is OPT?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is off-campus employment authorization that lets F-1 students get work experience in their major field of study.

How does OPT work?

You are entitled to a maximum of 12 months of full-time optional practical training for each academic level you complete. So then:

When can OPT be used?

How can you qualify for OPT?

  1. You must have been enrolled full-time for at least two semesters.
  2. You must be able to describe how the type of work you are seeking directly relates to your major. You do not have to have a job offer to apply for OPT; however, if you are applying for OPT before completing your studies, it is wise to be quite sure of getting a job. Otherwise, you may waste some of your OPT.
  3. You must apply before completing your program of study.
  4. You cannot already have used 12 months of full-time Curricular or Optional Practical Training, or its equivalent.

How do you apply for OPT?

Pick up an Application for F-1 Optional Practical Training Employment Authorization, fill it out and return it to us. When you return it, we will review your application to make sure that you qualify. If we agree that you do, we will recommend that US Immigration authorize your OPT employment, and we will send your application to Immigration for processing of your work authorization.

How long does applying for OPT take?

After you return your application to the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs, plan on waiting two to three months for your EAD card (Employment Authorization Document) to be returned to us from Immigration. It could take less time or it could take more, depending on Immigration's workload. Unfortunately, there is no way to make the process go faster.

It is important to take Immigration processing time into consideration when planning the date you want to start working! You cannot begin to work until you have your EAD card!

What if you want to travel after your have completed your studies and before you start OPT?

Immigration will process your OPT application even if you leave the USA, but traveling while you await approval is risky. You may have trouble renewing your visa or entering the USA unless you have all of these documents:

We advise you NOT to travel outside the USA after your classes are completed unless you have all of the items listed above.

What if you don't find a job?

If you don't find a job, the only way you can try to cancel and save your OPT for future use is to contact Immigration BEFORE your employment is authorized. Even then, cancellation may be impossible. Students on post-completion OPT are limited to a maximum of 90 days of unemployment.

You cannot start working until Immigration authorizes your employment and you have received your EAD card!

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