Degree-seeking international students are welcome to participate in UCSB's Capital Internship Program, which consists of UCDC and UCCS. For in-depth program information, including how to apply, head over to the Capital Internship website

OISS can support international students' program participation by advising on and authorizing required employment authorizations (CPT or Academic Training)

Employment

For both UCDC and UCCS, internships are required. Before beginning your internship, be sure to apply for the appropriate work authorization. If you begin your internship prior to having an approved work authorization, you will be in violation of your visa status. Please refer to the section below that applies to your visa status.

F-1 Students

All F-1 students must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to engage in a UCDC or UCCS internship. Please be sure to read the full CPT policy. Here are some notes to keep in mind: 

  • The internship must be directly related to the student's major
  • Students do not need to register in the traditional CPT internship course (e.g. “Internship in Industry”) because they’ll be enrolled in a UCDC or UCCS internship course
  • UCDC internships are over 20 hours per week, so the work authorization will be full-time CPT. If students use 12 months of full-time CPT, they will not be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). 
  • UCCS internships may be authorized for part-time CPT if the internship is 20 hours of work per week or less

When to Secure the Internship for CPT

Fall, Winter, and Spring: F-1 students may leave for DC before securing their internship. If they cannot find an internship in DC at all, then they can work with UCDC advisors to switch to non-internship classes to maintain full-time enrollment. 

Summer: F-1 students must secure a CPT internship before they leave for Washington, DC. If they cannot find an internship in DC, then they will not be able to stay in their internship UCDC class, meaning they would need to withdraw from the UCDC program. Non-internship classes are not offered over the summer. 

J-1 Students

All J-1 students must apply for either pre- or post-completion Academic Training (AT) to engage in a UCDC internship. Please be sure to read the full AT policy. Here are some notes to keep in mind: 

  • For degree-seeking students (i.e. Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral students), the internship must be directly related to their major. 
  • If the internship takes place before the student completes their academic program, then pre-completion AT is appropriate
  • If the internship takes place after the student completes their academic program, then post-completion AT is appropriate
  • Although pre-completion AT should usually be less than 20 hours per week, UCDC is an exception and students may work 32 hours/week on pre-completion AT 

When to Secure the UCDC Internship for AT

Pre-completion AT during Fall, Winter, Spring: J-1 students may leave for DC before finalizing their internship. If they cannot find an internship in DC at all, then they can work with UCDC advisors to switch to non-internship classes to maintain full-time enrollment. 

Pre-completion AT during Summer: J-1 students must secure an internship before they leave for DC. This is because if they cannot find an internship in DC, then they will not be able to stay in their internship UCDC class, meaning they would need to withdraw from the UCDC program. 

Post-completion AT during Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer: J-1 students must finalize their internship offer before they leave for DC. This is because they must apply for post-completion AT before their DS-2019 end date.