“Employment” is any work performed or services provided (including self-employment) in exchange for money or other benefit or compensation (including free food for working at an event). Unauthorized employment is considered a serious violation so please be knowledgeable about your F-1 employment eligibility options and always talk to International Student Services before starting any employment opportunity. Below are your options for employment on an F-1 visa.
The F-1 visa has strict regulations in regards to employment. Please contact dso[at]digipen[dot]edu if you have additional questions.
Generally, F-1 visas do not authorize you to work off campus except in very limited circumstances. We’ve listed the requirements of these circumstances, and what you will need to provide for verification.
Curricular Practical Training allows you to obtain a paid internship in your field of study. This temporary employment must be approved by your instructional department, but can also be applied as credit towards your degree.
Optional Practical Training gives you the opportunity to participate in hands-on work experience for up to 12 months (up to 24 months for certain degree programs). The employment can be performed in between semesters or after completion of a degree.
Procedures to apply for a Social Security Number required for employment in the United States.