International students seeking employment, either on-campus or off-campus, must follow both University and Federal regulations governing international student employment. For additional information on any of the topics below, please see the employment section of the Forms and Documents page.

On-Campus Employment

F-1 students or J-1 students may engage in part-time (up to 20 hours per week) employment on the OSU campus while classes are in session. These students may work full-time (more than 20 hours per week) on-campus in between terms and during the summer vacation, as long as they plan to be a full-time student the following term.

J-1 students who are sponsored by Oregon State University must request authorization for employment from OIS before beginning employment. J-1 students who are sponsored by an agency other than OSU should contact their program sponsor directly to obtain work authorization.

Off-Campus Employment

Do not participate in any type of off-campus employment unless authorized by the Office of International Services (OIS) and/or the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

As an F-1 or J-1 student, you may be eligible to engage in a temporary internship or off-campus employment to gain practical experience in your field of study, before or after the completion of your studies. If you are interested in off-campus employment, you should plan to attend an employment information session or make an appointment with an international student advisor before accepting an employment offer. To make an appointment with an advisor or to attend an information session, please call International Programs reception at 541-737-6310.

Please visit the Forms and Documents page for detailed instructions and forms to request employment authorization.

Curricular Practical Training: F-1 Students

F-1 students who would like to complete an internship may be authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) by OIS. To learn more about CPT, please sign up for a free CPT workshop by calling (541) 737-6310 or complete the online module in Canvas. Students must attend a workshop prior to applying for CPT.

Optional Practical Training: F-1 Students

F-1 students who would like to gain practical work experience in their field of study, generally following the completion of their program, may be authorized for Optional Practical Training (OPT) by USCIS. To learn more about OPT, please sign up for a free OPT workshop by calling (541) 737-6310 or complete the online module in Canvas. Students must attend a workshop prior to applying for OPT.

Academic Training: J-1 Students

J-1 students who would like to complete an internship or gain practical work experience in their field of study, either before or after the completion of their program, may be authorized for Academic Training by their program sponsor. To learn more about Academic Training, please make an appointment with an international student advisor by calling our office at (541) 737-6310.

Social Security

F-1 and J-1 students must have a job offer (or an employment authorization document) and a letter of support from OIS in order to apply for a social security number. International students applying for an original, replacement, or corrected social security card must apply in person at the Social Security office. The closest Social Security office is in Albany, Oregon, a city located 12 miles east of Corvallis.

The application for a social security number is available online or at the Social Security office. Upon submitting the application, be sure to request a receipt as it can take 4-8 weeks to receive your social security card by mail. The receipt will be helpful as you sign up with OSU payroll.

Please visit the Forms and Documents page and Social Security Information page for more information on how to apply for a Social Security card.

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Graduate students may be offered a teaching or research assistantship on campus. Graduate Assistantships (GTA/GRA) are normally granted by the student's academic department. GTA/GRA's may receive a monthly salary, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance costs. These positions are considered a part of on-campus employment and students with GTA/GRA’s should be careful not to pursue other on-campus positions in excess of 20 hours per week in total.

For more information about assistantships and other financial assistance for graduate students, please visit the Graduate School's Financing Your Education webpage.