Stanford University

MCS Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

MCS offers CPT to our eligible international students. This opportunity is only available in summer! Students must meet the eligibility and requirements set by Bechtel International Center.

Plan ahead, this process can take up to two weeks, do not wait until the last moment. Insufficient notice may result in CPT not being possible for the proposed summer quarter.

Please follow the steps below in order to obtain CPT through the MCS program.

1. Student must find an appropriate internship related to MCS/Data Science. The opportunity must be within the dates outlined by Bechtel for summer quarter.

2. Student emails their faculty advisor asking permission to enroll in MCS 198 under their advisor. When emailing the faculty provide offer letter/email from manager detailing the internship title, position description, as well as the start and end date.

3. If their faculty advisor approves the student will enroll in the appropriate MCS 198 course and apply for CPT in Axess.

4. Once an application is submitted, this will generate an email to your advisor for them to approve in Axess (may take some time). Please follow up with your advisor to ensure they have approved the request. 

5. By completing CPT with our program you are enrolling in a 1 unit course for summer as well as expected to complete a one-page written final report summarizing the knowledge/experience gained upon completion of the internship in order to receive credit (as outlined in the course description). Submit report to your advisor at least two weeks prior to the end date of the internship.