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OPT: optional practical training experiences - USA campus


OPT enables foreign students to obtain a temporary permit to work in the USA.

14 November, on SKEMA’s Raleigh campus, two students (Luana Furlanetto in the MSc International Business and Imadeddine Najim in the MSc Financial Markets & Investments) spoke about their current experience of OPT, optional practical training: a temporary work permit for non-American students in their final year of study who wish to get work experience in their chosen domain in the USA. This also gives them real opportunities for employment after the permit expires. 

Luana and Imadeddine are currently working in the US as part of OPT. To be eligible, students have to complete their final year in Raleigh: for the moment, this is only for students on the MSc International Business and the MSc Financial Markets & Investments). Once they are selected, they can work or undertake internships in the US for as long as 12 months. This possibility is linked to their visa status (F-1). 

Luana and Imadeddine shared their experience of the OPT application procedure and job seeking before answering questions from interested students. 

In the spring, another meeting has been scheduled with former SKEMA students at Raleigh who today work in New York as part of OPT. They will talk with students and share their experiences of work, accommodation and practical life outside Raleigh. 

For more information, contact Mariora Texier who is based on the Raleigh campus.

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