CPT and internship information

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems degree program allows students to complete a maximum of three semesters of internship as CPT. Please be aware that completing more than 12 months of internship revokes the use of OPT.

Catalog description of Internship (CSE/BME/EEE/MAE/EGR 584): Work performed in an industrial setting that provides practical experience and adds value to the classroom and research learning processes.

Each department has different deadlines on when you can submit your internship paperwork to them for processing. Refer to the appropriate section of the website below for your program’s information.

CPT Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for CPT, you need to meet ISSC’s and the Robotics and Autonomous Systems degree’s eligibility requirements:

ISSC RAS
  • Be enrolled in your current degree program for a minimum of one academic year
  • Internship credit should be listed on your iPOS
  • You must receive academic credit for your internship
  • You must have a physical presence on campus during the spring or fall semester

For more information, please refer to the ISSC CPT website.

  • You must be a full time on campus F1 student
  • Your GPA must meet minimum requirements stated in the Handbook
  • You must have an approved iPOS on file with the appropriate CPT credits listed in the appropriate semester(s)
  • You must not have completed all of your required coursework or required credits
  • Refer to the handbook for specific restrictions on out of state internships during the fall and spring semesters
  • Students cannot be an RA or TA when on an internship

For more information, please refer to the appropriate student handbook

RAS CPT Policies

Student who wish to complete an internship need to be aware of several key pieces of information.

1.

Internships cannot start before the semester or session students enroll in the CPT credit (CSE/EEE/MAE/EGR584). For example, if you are interested in doing an internship in the summer semester, you cannot start working until the summer semester officially starts (1st day of classes).

Internship end dates can be the last day of classes and last until the day before classes start in the following semester (unless it is the student’s final semester- contact your academic advisor).   Refer to the Academic Calendar for dates.

2. Registration for internship must be done in the appropriate registration periods. Late registration is not permitted and there are no exceptions.
3. If you are an RA or a TA, you cannot do an internship while you are employed by the department.
4. If you are an MS Thesis student, your faculty mentor needs to approve of your internship and will need to sign the Registration Request form.
5. You cannot do CPT if you have completed all of your degree requirements. If you have completed all of your degree requirements and are about to graduate, you should apply for Pre-OPT instead of CPT. Please speak to your ISSC for more information.
6. After the internship period ends, a minimum two-page report is required before a grade and credit is given. Please see the RAS CPT report cover page for instructions on what should be included in the report.
7.

Renege Policy – It is unethical for students to continue to seek or consider other employment opportunities once an offer has been accepted.  You must stop looking once you accept an offer.

8.

Submit the required forms and follow all instructions before registering for the appropriate CPT credit and filling out the ISSC CPT eform.

 

Required Post CPT Report

After the internship period ends, a minimum two-page report is required before a grade and credit is given. Please see the RAS CPT report cover page for instructions on what should be included in the report. The final report should be submitted to the Industry supervisor for comments and approval and to your thesis chair for approval if you are a thesis student.  The report and cover sheet should be emailed to your assigned academic advisor for the Graduate Program Chair to review. Failure to receive this report will result in a failing grade, which will impact your GPA.

RAS Post CPT report and cover page

 

 

Forms, deadlines, and instructions for all RAS programs

RAS-AI

RAS-AI students should read through the following website, follow all deadlines, and fill the required forms: SCAI CPT Website.

RAS-MAE

RAS-MAE students should read through the following website, follow all deadlines, and fill the required forms: SEMTE CPT Website.

RAS-BE

RAS-BE students should read through the following website, follow all deadlines, and fill the required forms: SBHSE CPT Website.

 

RAS-SE

RAS-SE students should read through the following website, follow all deadlines, and fill the required forms: Poly CPT Website.

RAS-EE

RAS-EE students need to fill out the DocuSign application below. You may use the PDF of the document to see what information you will need prior to initiating your request. Please use the correct email address listed below in DocuSign as your advisor’s email.

PDF to use when preparing your CPT Application (do not fill this out and email it to your advisor)

RAS-EE EEE 584 CPT Application Request (Docusign to be completed by student)