Guidelines for the Graduate Internship Program


All Georgia Tech graduate students are eligible and encouraged to register for the Graduate Internship  Program.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be in good academic standing at the Institutional, and program level
  • Have completed one academic semester at the graduate level (students admitted to 5-year BS/MS programs are the only exception)
  • Have at least one semester remaining before graduation
  • Internship experience must be related to the program of study and be approved by the graduate program
  • Additional Guidelines for International Students:
    • F-1 visa holders must complete two semesters (Fall and Spring) before interning at the graduate level.
    • F-1 and J-1 visa holders must have work authorization approved by the Office of International Education

Dates and work term requirements:

  Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024

Application Deadline
(4pm on the Friday
before Classes Begin)

4 pm, May 19, 2023

F-1 students are recommended to submit information by May 12, 2023 4pm. 


F-1/J-1 International Students
August 18, 2023, 4pm

Domestic students
August 25, 2023 4pm. 

F-1/J-1 International Students  January 12, 2024, 4pm

Domestic students are January 5, 2024 4pm. 

Length of Work Term

8 weeks minimum

14 week minimum 

14 week minimum 

Earliest Start Date

May 8, 2023 August 14, 2023 December 18, 2023

Latest End Date*

August 3, 2023 (Students who are graduating Summer semester)

August 18, 2023 (for students who are no graduating during the Summer term)

December 14, 2023 (Students who are graduating in Fall semester)

January 5, 2024 (for students who are no graduating during the Summer term)

May 3, 2024 (Students who are graduating Spring semester)

May 10, 2024 (for students who are no graduating during the Spring term)

Full-time work                                          32‒40 hours per week
Part-time work

For International Students (This is a federal policy and not a Career Center Policy):

6‒20 hours per week (Visa-holders must maintain 12 hours of enrollment during fall and spring semesters)

For US Citizen and Permanent Residents:

6‒31 hours per week

NOTE* – Click HERE for information on APPEAL PROCESS

How to Submit a Request to Approve your Graduate Internship for Registration:
  1. Complete Experiential Learning Application and Orientation in CareerBuzz (My Quicklinks > “SET APPLICANT TYPE/Submit Experiential Learning Application”). Once we verify that you have completed the mandatory orientation, you will be permitted to move forward with the Experiential Learning Placement form.
  2. Obtain a written offer letter from your prospective co-op/internship employer. Be sure it includes the dates you will work, the address where you will actually work, and contact information. Download Sample Offer Letter (Adobe PDF file)
  3. Obtain a signed approval from your department using the advisor approval form. To access the advisor approval DocuSign form, please follow these instructions (Adobe PDF file).
  4. Upload BOTH the offer letter and advisor approval form in CareerBuzz (My Quicklinks > “Submit/Edit Co-op or Internship Placement” > “Add New Experience”). Applications in CareerBuzz will not be approved without both forms
  5. Complete a new placement form on CareerBuzz before EACH semester’s work term

We are committed to reviewing your internship placement in CareerBuzz. Please make sure that you have correctly completed the steps above. The review process takes place during Phase I and Phase II of each semester, similar to all other course registration. Should we have any questions or concerns about your placement, you will receive information through CareerBuzz.

International Students:

International Master’s and Ph.D. students in F-1 status are eligible to work legally in the United States under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT).

At the time that your Graduate Internship is approved, the Graduate Internship program submits your information to the Office of International Education (OIE) to start the process for CPT/OPT approval.

  • OIE processing times are available online HERE
  • OIE will send you an e-mail when your updated I-20 is ready
  • You must have your updated I-20 before starting work

For more information, please see International Authorization (CPT/OPT) page.

Email: E-mail the Graduate Career Development Team at with any questions. Include GTID with all e-mail requests.

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