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 
Remember to complete proper paperwork with Payroll before starting on-campus employment.

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 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 Handout - For the cover letter template, click here


CPT/OPT Workshops for the Spring 2018 Semester: 

CANCELLED - Tuesday, January 16, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 309)

Wednesday, January 24, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 309)

Thursday, January 25, 11:00am-12:00pm (Anderson Hall 148 - ARCHI ONLY!)

Tuesday, January 30, 8:00-9:00pm (Sewall Hall 309 - Undergrads - at night!)

Wednesday, January 31, 11:15 am-12:15pm (McNair Hall 217 - MBA CPT ONLY!)

Thursday, February 1, 8:00-9:00pm (Rice Graduate Apartments - at night!) 

Tuesday, February 6, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 309) 

Wednesday, February 7, 11:15am-12:15pm (McNair Hall 217 - MBA OPT ONLY!)

Tuesday, February 20, 8:00-9:00pm (Rice Village Apartments - at night!)

Wednesday, February 28, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 309)

Thursday, March 8, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)

Wednesday, March 28, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)

Thursday, April 12, 4:00-5:00pm (Sewall Hall 309)

Thursday, April 26, 11:00am-12:00pm (OISS)  


Reporting Requirements and Documentation:
F-1 OPT Status Updates - While on F-1 OPT, students are required to report any changes of address, employer, or unemployment information through their SEVP Student Portal, and any changes in their status, or departure from the U.S. to OISS. 
SEVP Student Portal - More information and Frequently Asked Questions
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