Both Undergraduate and Graduate level international students can work with the ELPE office to try and obtain a co-op or a summer internship. Note that a student must have completed 2 semesters of classes to be eligible for assistance.
We advise all of our engineering international students to connect with the Office of International Studies (OIS) to determine eligibility for co-op and/or internship start dates. The OIS website is http://www.ois.pitt.edu/ and
appointments are made online.
If you opt to Co-op, you can apply for CPT to gain your work authorization, and do not need to utilize your OPT. Review this checklist to make sure you know the steps in applying for CPT as a co-op.
If you prefer an Internship, then you can follow this information on OPT.
Eligible students accepting a co-op offer must complete the necessary forms for OIS and the co-op office. Additionally, the student must inform both offices of any changes in visa status, work status or work rotations. All positions must be directly related
to the student’s field of study.
Other areas that you may have to plan for are:
ELPE staff members can assist you with your applications and answer any questions you may have.