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.

All questions and concerns about Praxis should be sent to


Beginning November 14, 2020, 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. Review the Student Checklist and Guide 
  3. Submit the following documents: Student Application  & Employer Agreement 
  4. Once processed, your Proof of Enrollment letter will be emailed to your GW email account. Upload it to ISO Gateway. 
  5. Submit the Final Packet by the deadline. You must complete the packet in order to receive a grade. 



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 Application Deadline Final Packet Due Date
Winter Break / Spring 2022 11/15/2021 04/04/2022 04/25/2022
Summer 2022 03/21/2022 08/08/2022 08/22/2022
Fall 2022 08/01/2022 11/14/2022 12/12/2022

Please note the Winter Break and Spring semester are grouped under a single course session. If you are pursuing an internship that only takes place during the Winter Break and are not planning to pursue an internship in the Spring, you should submit the final packet as soon as the internship is over to avoid forgetting it.

Also note that CPT internship dates must align with the academic calendar and cannot extend beyond the end of a semester (i.e. the last day of finals). Check the Academic Calendar for dates.


  • How much time does it take to get my Proof of Enrollment?

    Applications are processed weekly, in the order that they are received. Please allow adequate time for our staff to review applications. Communicate with your employer that you must receive CPT approval before you can begin working.

  • Will the Praxis course be on my transcript?

    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.

  • Can I drop the course?

    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 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 email with the offer letter with the extended dates to request an updated Proof of Enrollment Letter. Please note that CPT internship dates cannot extend past the end of the semester.

  • How do I apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

    To apply for CPT you must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the following documents to the ISO Gateway. If you have any questions about CPT and your eligibility, please email 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