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Information about on campus jobs, internship, OPT and CPT opportunities.

Employment On Campus

Students are only eligible to work legally on-campus either through a University department or with one of the independent vendors doing business on campus. Students are only allowed to have one University job at a time.

Social Security Number

Students must be offered a job in writing before they can apply for a Social Security number. Secure the following documents from either a) or b) below, and take them to the Social Security Office in Dothan or Montgomery to make application. It takes somewhere between 3-6 weeks for the Social Security card to arrive.

  1. University jobs: Take the job offer letter to Human Resources and get their approval letter, then go to the Center for International Programs to get an additional approval letter. Take all three documents to the Social Security Office in Dothan or Montgomery, along with your passport and I-20.
  2. Campus vendor: Take the job offer letter to the Center for International Programs to get an additional approval letter. Take the two documents to the Social Security Office in Dothan or Montgomery, along with your passport and I-20.

For more information www.ssa.gov

Economic Hardship

Students that have been in the F-1 visa status for at least one academic year are eligible to apply for off-campus employment based on demonstrated unforeseen severe economic hardship provided: they are in good academic and financial standing with Troy University. They must be full-time students and acceptance of employment may not interfere with the student's full course of study.

Students must make a good-faith effort to locate employment on campus prior to making application for off-campus employment based on severe economic hardship.

Students are expected to complete the equivalent of 2 semesters to be eligible for off-campus employment based on severe economic hardship.

Optional Practical Training

F-1 students are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training after completion of one full year of academic coursework. Students must be in active SEVIS status and making normal progress towards a degree completion.

OPT is available for a total of 12 months at any given academic level. Training completed concurrently with academic study will reduce time available after the degree is awarded. For this reason, students normally prefer to complete OPT following the completion of their degree. An application fee is assessed each time you apply for OPT.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT - Internship)

An F-1 student is eligible for Curricular Practical Training if they have been a full-time student at Troy University for two semesters prior to CPT authorization and be in good academic standing. The internship must be an integral part of an established curriculum and the student must request authorization from an International Student Advisor. Click below for more information and application process Curricular Practical Training.

CPT Information

Jobs in the International Office

We employ a limited number of international students in the International Programs office as workship students. An excellent way to use your English skills and to learn office procedures in the United States is to volunteer to work in the International Programs office. Please see an International Student Advisor for any available opportunities.


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