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University of the Pacific
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Stockton, California 95211

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a training program that is "an integral part of an established curriculum." Such training is defined as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school."

Students who are lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year are eligible to participate in Curricular Practical Training.


Examples of curriculum qualified as Curricular Practical Training:

  • John Fong is required to do a four month period of part-time work experience in a chemistry research lab in order to receive his PhD in chemistry. All students in this major have this same requirement. This is acceptable as CPT and does not have to be for credit.
  • Mohd Al-Khalid's faculty advisor recommends that he complete an internship with a computer firm to advance his practical application of the theory he learns in class. He registers for four units through the Cooperative Education/Internship Program and completes all the necessary University requirements. This is an acceptable form of CPT.

Example of non-qualified curriculum:

  • Tomoko Watanabe wants to earn intern hours to be eligible to become a licensed pharmacist in California . She is not required to earn intern hours for her degree. This type of work experience does not qualify as CPT. However, Tomoko may participate in qualified CPT another form of authorized employment, for example, Optional Practical Training.