I graduated with a STEM degree. Am I allowed to work as an unpaid intern during my initial 12-months of OPT?


Yes, generally speaking, if the position otherwise meets the OPT requirements, it is possible to work as an unpaid intern during the initial OPT period. However, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has indicated that unpaid internships during a STEM OPT extension are not considered qualifying employment. (30.Jun.2022)

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