Cooperative Education for F-1 Students

For F-1 Students wishing to do a Montgomery College COOP

Before You Begin Working

Cooperative Education and Internship (Co-op) Process

YOU MUST QUALIFY FOR CPT (Curricular Practical Training) TO GET APPROVAL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE TO BE PAID FOR YOUR WORK .

  1. Complete a Cooperative Education and Internship Application Form and submit it to the Cooperative Education and Internship Office by fax, mail, or email. (Applications are available on-line or by calling the Co-op Office at (240) 567-1360.
  2. Register for the COED260 course after the Cooperative Education and Internship Office has completed a registration override for you.
  3. Submit the following information to Cooperative Education staff:
    • Your name
    • Social Security Number (if you have one already)
    • Your email address
    • Name of your International Student Coordinator at  MC
    • Your main campus
    • Your major
    • Include the following when you know this information:  (If you need help to find a position, talk with the Cooperative Education office several months before you wish to begin.  Your campus Student Employment Services office may also be able to help you find a good position.)
      • Name of company
      • Full address of company (including suite number and zip code)-
      • Supervisor's name
      • Supervisor's phone
      • Your proposed job title
      • Your duties (brief description)
        • The information above (in section C) will be included in a letter email attached to your International Student Coordinator by the Co-op Office. It is best to ask the Office to copy you in this email.
  4. Visit your International Student Coordinator’s office at least two days after the letter has been sent from the Co-op Office. Have your I-20 Form processed by your International Student Coordinator and before you begin working.

International students in the Co-op and Internship Program are not working legally until:

  1. A letter is sent from the Co-op Office to the International Student Coordinator
  2. Your I-20 Form is processed by your International Student Coordinator and SIGNED BY YOU. 

If you begin working before you have obtained a properly processed I-20 Form from your International Student Coordinator, you will be in violation of Homeland Security regulations.  It is your responsibility to make sure these procedures have been followed before you begin working.

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