GW SEAS Praxis (Graduate)

Professional Praxis encourages students to make the most of their off-campus career-related internship opportunities through self-reflection and analysis of their professional growth. It serves as the “appropriate curricular course” for international students who need “proof of enrollment” to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Students on an F-1 visa must be approved for CPT before they can begin working at an internship.

3 Step Application Process

Beginning October 2022, new applications for Praxis should follow the process below.

  1. Review the How to Apply for CPT Overview. Praxis is one of the requirements for CPT approval. 
  2. Once an offer has been received, complete the: Student Application.
  3. Receive your Proof of Enrollment letter from SEAS Career Services via your GW email account. Upload the letter to the ISO Gateway

Important Dates & Deadlines

Students can apply for Praxis one semester at a time. The application period for each semester is designed to give you ample time to apply for the upcoming semester so that you can receive the proof of enrollment in an adequate timeframe.

Semester Applications Open Applications Close
Fall 2022 August 1, 2022 December 12, 2022
Winter Break 2022 and Spring 2023 November 10, 2022 April 10, 2022

Application Process

  • Before You Apply

    NO HOLDS: Ensure that you do not have ANY holds on your academic records. Visit GWeb to check your status or email the Registrar’s Office. Due to privacy, we do not have access to your student financial records.

    QUALIFYING JOBS : Your job must qualify. If you are unsure, contact the ISO.

    VISA STATUS: Questions about your visa status must be directed to the ISO as we do not have access to the system. 

  • Applying

    DEADLINES: Requested internship dates MUST be within the current semester. Requests that span more than one semester will not be accepted. Deadlines are at the discretion of GW Center for Career Services. Students will receive transcript documentation in the form of a 0-credit, pass/no pass course for each semester they participate in the Praxis program. Students are required to complete and submit all documentation by the appropriate deadlines in order to receive a passing mark. Once grades are submitted to the registrar they cannot be changed.

    EXPEDITED APPLICATIONS: Unfortunately, we cannot due to an increase in student applications (and understaffing). 

    WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY PROOF OF ENROLLMENT LETTER? Within 7 FULL business days, EST. Business days are generally defined as 9am-5pm. No exceptions are possible at this time due to limited staffing.

     

  • End of the Semester & Grading

    Where is the old Employer Agreement portion? We eliminated it in October 2022 to improve student services and turnaround time. 

    Do I still need to complete a final packet?  No. As of December 2, 2022 Final Packets will no longer be required by SEAS Graduate students ONLY to improve processing time.

    Can I extend my Praxis/internship? Extending an existing Praxis letter requires another application.

    My Internship Never Started, What do I do?: Students may only drop the Professional Praxis course if they never received CPT authorization and/or did not participate in an internship for any length of time. If these criteria are met, you may send an email to gwseaspraxis@gwu.edu requesting to be dropped from the course.

  • Can I extend my internship for another semester?

    The Praxis course must be applied for one semester at a time. If your internship will span multiple semesters you must submit a new application each semester. Please review the updated application process above. If your employer extends the internship within the same semester, please complete another student application with the UPDATED offer letter (including extended dates).

  • Eligibility

    To apply for CPT you must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the SEAS Graduate Student Proof of Enrollment Letter, issued by our office, to the ISO Gateway. If you have any questions about CPT and your eligibility, please email iso@gwu.edu or schedule an appointment with your ISO Advisor.

      • A proposal letter from you
      • An offer letter from the employer
      • A letter from your academic advisor
      • Proof of enrollment
      • A photocopy of your I-94
The SEAS Career Center processes and approves Professional Praxis for SEAS graduate students only. Undergraduate students should visit the Professional Praxis page from the GW Center for Career Services or contact ccsproprax@gwu.edu.