Rice Unconventional Wisdom

Employment Resources and Related Issues


As an F-1 or J-1 student, you have the opportunity to engage in on-campus work or practical training opportunities off-campus. However, you must obtain the appropriate work authorization before starting to work. If you work even one day before or after your authorization, you must leave the U.S. or face deportation.  

Student Work Opportunities:

On-Campus: On-campus work is limited to part-time (20 hours or less per week) during the fall and spring semesters. It may be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during the summer and official school breaks.  Search for on-campus jobs

F-1 students: On-campus work does not require special authorization, but you must maintain your full-time student status or your work on-campus will become illegal.
J-1 students: On-campus work does require prior authorization from an OISS advisor. Please call to set up an appointment.

Off-Campus: The handouts below describe eligibility requirements and application procedures for each type of work authorization. Please visit OISS to pick up a complete application packet. For a quick overview of the different off-campus authorizations available for F-1 students, please see the F-1 Employment Comparison Chart.

            F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Tutorial  
            F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Form for Undergraduates
            F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Form for Graduate Students 
            F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Course Instructor Verification Memo 
            F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Summer Contract 

            F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Tutorial  
            F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Handout 
            Cover Letter Template for OPT Application 
            I-765 Guidance for Post-Completion OPT Application 
            F-1 OPT STEM Extension           

            J-1 Academic Training
            J-2 Work Authorization


CPT/OPT Workshops for the Spring 2017 Semester: 

Tuesday, January 17, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 305)

Wednesday, January 18, 11:00am-12:00pm (Anderson Hall 153 - ARCHI ONLY!)

Wednesday, January 25, 11:00am-12:00pm (McNair Hall 217 - MBA OPT ONLY!)

Wednesday, January 25, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 305)

Thursday, January 26, 8:00-9:00pm (Rice Village Apartments - at night!) 

Wednesday, February 1, 11:30am-12:30pm (McNair Hall 317 - MBA CPT ONLY!) 

Wednesday, February 1, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 305)

Thursday, February 2, 8:00-9:00pm (Rice Graduate Apartments - at night!)

Tuesday, February 7, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)

Monday, February 20, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 305)

Thursday, March 9, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 305)

Thursday, March 23, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)

Tuesday, April 11, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)

Friday, April 21, 1:00-2:00pm (OISS)  

Tuesday, April 25, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)


Reporting Requirements and Documentation:
F-1 OPT Status Updates - While on F-1 OPT, students are required to inform OISS of any changes of address, employer, unemployment, departure, and status. 
Social Security Number (SSN) Application Process for Students
SSN Employer Verification Letter 

Additional Resources:
Employer Responsibilities When Hiring Foreign Workers
Emergency Funding
Center for Career Development