Employment Options for F-1 Students
Employment in the U.S. is highly regulated by immigration and employment law and regulations, and it can often be confusing for students in F-1 status to navigate the regulatory limitations. It is essential that when a student is considering paid or unpaid employment or volunteer positions that they be familiar with the rules and contact OISSS with any questions. Also, F-1 students MUST ensure that they have the appropriate work authorization prior to pursuing any employment activity, paid or unpaid.
Below are links to the different types of employment authorizations:
Type of Employment Activity
Required Employment Authorizations
|Working on-campus or paid by Brown prior to completion of degree.
Stipend funding for PhD students falls under this category.
|On-Campus Employment Authorization|
|Off-campus Internships (paid and sometimes unpaid)||Curricular Practical Training (CPT)|
|Off-campus employment during academic program or after completion of degree requirements||Optional Practical Training (OPT)|
|Extension of post-completion employment authorization for students in approved STEM fields of study||STEM Optional Practical Training|