Cooperative Education and Internships

Program Facts for
F1 Visa Students

Sai Ravisankar

  • Cooperative education and internships are academic programs designed to supplement students’ education with work experiences related to their major.
  • The Office of Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning is not an employment program, but rather an educational experience for students.
  • All co-op jobs and internships, including positions that students find on their own, must be approved by the coordinator.
  • Coordinators can approve positions that students find on their own if the position matches the student’s major or career focus.
  • F1 Visa students must enroll in co-op/internship credit during each semester that they are working through CPT authorization.
  • Students must enroll in credit and make payment towards the co-op/internship course before the coordinator can sign the CPT form.
  • F1 Visa students who hold graduate assistantships are not eligible for co-op/internships because students are limited by the Graduate School and Office of International Education rules to work a maximum of 20 hours per week total during the fall and spring semesters.
  • A student’s start date must be determined in coordination with WSU and co-op enrollment guidelines and timetables. There are periods during each semester when students cannot enroll for the current semester. At that time, students must wait until enrollment begins for the next semester before they may start working.