International students seeking employment in the U.S. during or after the MSF program have access to a number of helpful resources. F-1 students are eligible for curricular practical training as well as post-program optional practical training, and the MSF career coach is available to help with job and internship search as soon as you begin the program.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is temporary employment authorization for F-1 students, allowing them to work part-time and gain real-world experience while attending school. CPT is primarily part-time (up to 20 hours per week) but can be full-time (up to 40 hours per week) during approved vacation semesters. CPT positions can be paid or unpaid and will be directly related to a student’s area of study. Students must also receive academic credit for completing CPT.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows F-1 international students an opportunity to gain temporary employment in the U.S. after completing their degree program. Designed to supplement a student’s academic experience with a hands-on component, OPT employment must be directly related to a student’s area of study. Students pursuing OPT are eligible to work anywhere in the U.S.
To find out more about CPT and OPT requirements, visit the International Center.
STEM OPT Extension
The OPT extension for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) graduates has been increased to 24 months. Eligible graduates can work in the U.S. for up to 36 months post-graduation.
The MSF degree is a STEM program, and with the high-demand for technical and financial skills in Salt Lake City, job opportunities are abundant. F-1 graduates are now able to work in the U.S. for up to three years after completing the program.
Learn more about current U.S. STEM policy. The MSF program has designated CIP codes, verified by the Department of Homeland Security.