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International Students Employment in the US

F-1 Students

  • Curricular practical training (CPT) may be authorized under certain circumstances to allow F-1 students temporary off-campus employment. Eligible students in the MSPE Program may pursue a CPT. As part of the CPT, students will be required to register and successfully complete an internship course (Econ 298: Professional Economics Internship) for zero credit hours. Students will be assessed the applicable university tuition and fees for this course.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows F-1 students to work in the United States to build work experience in the degree earned. Up to twelve month’s work authorization commences upon completion of the MSPE degree program.
  • OPT STEM (24-month extension): Since the MSPE Program is a STEM-designated program (CIP Code 45.0603), international students are allowed to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT, provided certain employment conditions have been met.

J-1 Students

  • Academic Training (AT) allows J-1 students to accept off campus employment directly related to their field of study. AT may not exceed a cumulative total of 18 months or the period of full course study in the United States, whichever is less. J-1 program sponsors must approve AT.

General information for F-1 students and J-1 students can be found in the following links which are located on the International Student and Scholar Services website. 


Companies where MSPE Alumni are Employed:


Banco Central do Brasil
Banco de Guatemala
Bank Indonesia
Bank of Communications, New York Branch
Central Bank of Guatemala
Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
Central Bank of Turkey


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India


Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, Business School
University of Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Memphis


KOTRA Chicago
SVC Venture Club
Tigress Financial Partners


Korean Government
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Personnel Management
Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board


China Telecom Americas
IBS Software Services

Other Industries

DXP Enterprises
Economics Research Institute

Block Reference

MSPE Contact Information


205 David Kinley Hall
1407 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801


Phone: (217) 333-7651
Fax: (217) 244-7368