You will be granted a limited amount of time to seek employment after the completion of your Program of Study. If you have not found
employment by the end of that period you will be required to return to the country of your origin.
Unfunded Optional Practical Training (UOPT):
You may extend that time by accepting an offer of Unfunded Optional Practical Training (UOPT) for a period up to one year. Accepting an offer of UOPT
counts as employment, though you will not be paid for that work. It serves to help you make additional preparations while seeking longer
term paid employment.
How to Apply:
Find a faculty advisor willing to supervise your work. Once you have an agreement for that send your advisor an email that contains a brief (usually
one paragraph) description of the project on which you would like to work. Usually you will have a verbal or email conversation with your advisor to
arrive at that description. In the email also provide your physical mailing address so we can mail an offer letter.
Your advisor will draft an offer letter, using a template provided by the College of Engineering and Computer Science. That gets sent to the
College for the Dean's signature. In about two weeks you will receive the official offer letter that you must sign and return to the College. You should
notify Slutzker Center of this employment so that it becomes part of your record.
Conducting Unfunded Optional Practical Training:
Once you have completed the above, you should begin work on the project, which will require part-time work that may be conducted remotely. You
will be asked to submit a monthly status report and when completed a final report describing your accomplishments during your UOPT. You do this by
email, including your advisor and a designated staff person in the email address.
Should you receive an offer of more permanent work, and we expect that you will as you will be actively seeking employment concurrent with your work
on the UOPT, you notify us that you are terminating work on the project and you supply a report that describes the work completed. The nature of
the report is a matter decided by you and your faculty advisor.