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Internship Requirements for Hospitality Business International Students

The School of Hospitality Business requires that all undergraduate students complete two Internships (work experiences). The Student and Industry Resource Center “SIRC,” the career services office for The School of Hospitality Business will assist you in securing and documenting your internship.

Each internship must be a minimum of 10 weeks and 400 hours. Internships can be completed full time during the summer or part time during the school year. If you are working part time, your internship must be completed during consecutive semesters without interruption. International students with an F-1 Visa are authorized to work in the United States to complete these internships under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and approval from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at MSU.

After your employer provides an offer letter, please follow the procedures listed below.

1). Internships must be documented and approved online prior to beginning your internship by submitting a SIRC online Internship Application. Upon approval you will receive an email confirmation and a internship ID number. Internship documentation submitted after the internship is over, or completed in years prior to the current date, may not be approved to fulfill the internship requirement.

Student Internship Application

2). In addition to SIRC approving your internship online, you must also show SIRC your offer letter and have a CPT form signed. Once the CPT Form is  signed then submit it to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and they will assist you in securing authorization to work in the United States.*Only off-campus work experience in the U.S requires CPT authorization. Working on-campus during the semester for up to 20 hours per week does not require CPT authorization. Working on-campus during the semester greater than 20 hours per week requires CPT authorization. Working outside the United States does not require employment authorization.

3). After you complete your internship, you must also submit a online Student Evaluation.  Use your internship ID Number to access the link.

Student Internship Evaluation

4). In addition, when your  internship is complete, your employer will automatically be sent a Final Performance Evaluation to document the number of hours you worked and evaluate your performance.

5). All forms; your internship application, student evaluation and the employer’s evaluation must be completed by the end of the internship or the internship will not be counted as complete. It is your responsibility to make sure your employer completes your final evaluation and submits it to SIRC.

6) If you hope to stay in the U. S. for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation, it is important to know that hospitality employers especially value international students who have U.S. work experience. Therefore, we strongly recommend that both internships be completed in the United States. However, we recognize that this may be difficult to accomplish. So, we request that at least one of your internships be completed in the United States so that you can relate and understand the principles and concepts taught in your classes that are preparing you for your degree from The School of Hospitality Business.

Please remember that you CANNOT work in the United States unless you have approval for CPT or OPT from OISS. The SIRC Office and the Office for International Students and Scholars will help you complete and process your CPT. OISS has final approval over all off-campus work, however, SIRC will help you begin the process.

Please contact the SIRC Director to discuss your individual situation, or if you have additional questions regarding CPT contact OISS.

CPT form

OPT form

Official Student Internship forms.

Student and Industry Resource Center “SIRC”
The career services office for The School of Hospitality Business
228 Eppley Center
Email: shbsirc@msu.edu
Phone: 517-353-9747

Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)
103 International Center
Phone: 517-884-0399


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