For international students: As an F-1 student, can I obtain authorization to accept an off-campus paid position to fulfill my Professional Experience Requirement (PER)?

Wagner requires all MPA and MUP students to graduate with professional experience that is directly related to their degree program, specialization, and career goals. Degree-relevant work experience to fulfill the Professional Experience Requirement (PER) is approved by Wagner’s Office of Career Services.

Students typically fulfill the PER via a relevant work experience over one semester (i.e. 15-20 hours per week during a semester, or 35-40 hours per week in the summer). Students may request a second semester of work experience relevant to the PER, approved by Wagner’s Office of Career Services.

F-1 international students, pursuing paid off campus opportunities for the PER must apply for Curricular Practical Training with the Office of Global Services (OGS).  F-1 International students may apply for  CPT to complete up to two paid, off-campus internships and must apply for CPT work authorization prior to starting each PER-fulfilling internship. The CPT request process (via Wagner Student & Program Services) typically takes 5 business days and the authorization process may take 10 business days (via Office of Global Services (OGS)).

To request CPT authorization from Wagner: Please read through the CPT FAQs before submitting your request via the CPT form for Wagner.

F-1 International students pursuing unpaid opportunities for the PER must speak with an OGS advisor regarding needed work authorization prior to starting the PER.  

J-1 International Students sponsored by NYU pursuing off-campus paid or unpaid opportunities for the PER must speak with an OGS advisor regarding needed work authorization prior to starting the PER.

Additionally, F-1 and J-1 International students must speak with an OGS advisor for authorization of any further work after the PER. Students who wish to pursue off-campus paid positions in addition to the PER may consider Optical Practical Training (OPT) in consultation with NYU's OGS. [up]