Career Services

Requirements and responsibilities


As taking an unpaid opportunity may constitute an economic hardship for students, the University strongly encourages employers to pay students. This also serves to attract qualified candidates and to recognize their contribution to the workplace. Non-profits that cannot offer an hourly wage are encouraged to consider alternatives such as stipends or travel costs. Payment negotiations take place between the employer and the student; CSU does not take part in compensation negotiations.

If offering an unpaid internship, it must meet the 6 criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor, Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act 

  • The training, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be given in a vocational school.
  • The training is primarily for the benefit of the student.
  • The student does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee.
  • The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student.  
  • Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded by the training.
  • The student is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.
  • The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent training.
Right to Refuse Service
  • All job listings are posted at the discretion of CSU Career Services. We're committed to the principles of equal opportunity, respect, and fair treatment for all regardless of race, color, sex, gender, gender expression, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or status as a military veteran. Accordingly, we reserve the right to refuse any prospective employer whose postings, policies or procedures appear to violate this commitment.
  • Additional factors that may lead to exclusion from recruitment activities at CSU include: fraud; misrepresentation; breach of confidentiality; complaints by or harassment of CSU students, alumni, or staff; any violation of federal, state, or local laws; and/or requiring personal information (e.g., bank and/or social security numbers) when not part of the hiring process.
  • All jobs posted must pay at least the current minimum hourly wage in the state in which the work is to be performed. We do not post jobs that require an initial monetary investment from the student, or jobs posted by a third party unless a third party contract is signed and on file with Career Services.
  • Marijuana and Cannabis Industry: Cleveland State University Career Services will not accept companies or positions involved with the use, production, testing, or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and CSU receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law. 



Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization that allows F-1 international students to accept training-related employment in their academic major after one (1) year of full-time study.

Students that meet the CPT eligibility requirements are able to work part-time, and in some cases full-time, during the fall, spring or summer semesters. CPT must be directly related to the student's academic major. 

Download information for hiring international students via OPT and CPT. For further information, please contact:

The Center for International Services and Programs
Phone number: (216) 687-3910

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Optional Practical Training (OPT)
CPT is a temporary work authorization provided to a student on an F-1 visa, which is directly related to their major for a period of 12 months total. OPT is a temporary authorization offered to a student on an F-1 visa to work in their related field for a period of 12 months total.
CPT Eligibility Requirement: If a student completes their CPT for a period of 12 months then they would no longer be eligible for OPT. Additionally, the student must have been enrolled full time for at least one academic year. OPT Eligibility requirement: A student must have been pursuing their course full-time for at least one full academic year.
CPT: While applying for CPT, a student must have a job or employment offer. OPT: In order to receive OPT authorization, a student does not need employment or a job offer.
CPT is for 12 months total and it can be either full-time or part-time. OPT program has two variants--Pre-completion OPT and Post-completion OPT. Students can pursue OPT while they're still on their academics with Pre-completion OPT. And, with Post-completion OPT, students can start their OPT after graduation.
Having CPT to work, a student can be on a job for a total period of 12 months. But, the student will not have the option to work on OPT once they complete their 12-month CPT. OPT students must work for a total period of 12 months (Pre- or Post-completion OPT). However, students have the option to extend their OPT for another 12 months with STEM OPT extension; this is only applicable to certain majors.
With CPT, a student's employment experience must be directly related to their major or field of study. Additionally, it must be a part of their curriculum; this implies the student's employment experience must offer credits in their curriculum. With OPT, a student's employment experience must be related to their major or field of study and it doesn't have to be a part of their academic curriculum.
CPT students can work part-time when University/College is in term; during off-session, students can work full-time. OPT students can work part-time when University is in term; during vacation, students can work full time.
Students on CPT can only work with employers on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and I-20 list. Students on OPT can work with an employer across the US as long as their OPT jobs are related to their field of study.