M.Arch – Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Overview

Off-campus employment authorization that enables international students in F-1 visa status to take part in an internship, Co-op, field placement, practicum, or work/service experience that is integral to their curriculum.  The Department of Architecture does not offer internship, practicum or Co-op, so international students are able to pursue this type of employment.

Eligibility

  • In order to be eligible for CPT, students must apply for CPT through the Office of International Student & Scholar Services; additional information can be found at http://wings.buffalo.edu/intlservices/index.html .
  • As part of the Eligibility an Academic Advisor’s Recommendation Letter is required, see below under Department Guidelines relative to guidelines for recommendation letter.

Department Guidelines

  • Students must submit their request for an  Academic Advisor’s Recommendation Letter no later than one (1) week prior to the University Add/Drop Dates as listed on the University’s Office of the Registrar’s web site.
  • Student must provide an “offer” letter from the employer which includes the following:
    • Complete details of the internship (duties/responsibilities)
    • The Employer’s name and complete address
    • Dates of employment (beginning date) to (ending date).
    • Expected number of hours to be worked each week during the above period
  • Student will complete an independent study form - ARC599 for 1 credit for force registration.
  • To receive a grade for the Independent Study, students must submit the following to omarkhan@buffalo.edu .  This must be submitted no later than one (1) week after employment end date:
    • A 1000-1500 word essay to include the following:
      • Introduction, stating a synopsis of the kind of work student did and what the learning outcomes were
      • background of the firm and the type of work performed
      • description of the work that student performed
      • assessment of the learning outcomes from the experience
      • Conclusion – how did the experience add to their education

All requests and/or inquiries should be submitted to the Assistant to the Chair, 114 DFN Hall – South Campus