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Summer 2015: Practical Training Work Authorization Process / MGMT 891

Permanent Residents/U.S. Citizens: Some companies (particularly, though not limited to, those in the media and entertainment fields), require that students be able to use their summer experience as credit toward a degree. The MBAPO - Academic Affairs will offer a summer course titled, "Developmental Internship Course" (MGMT891:900) offered by OmniLearn that will fulfill the requirement. The course is taught online and earns 0.25 cu, which will count against the 21 cu maximum allowed before paying extra tuition. Please see below for registration information for this class.

International Students: International students in F-1 status may be authorized to work in the U.S. under the auspices of Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Since OPT authorization may average 60-90 days and must be adjudicated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), most first year F-1 students will apply for CPT which can be authorized by ISSS upon application and review. To apply for CPT, students must have a written internship offer and be registered for a summer course titled, Developmental Internship Course, MGMT891:900, offered by OmniLearn. This course will earn 0.25cu. Please see below for registration information. International students should direct individual inquiries about work authorization to International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS).

MGMT 891:900 Developmental Internship Course (First Year Students)

MGMT 891:900 is a 0.25 cu online course that focuses on developing leadership skills through daily lessons and assignments. Targeted areas include managing work and time, effective decision making, motivating and directing, effective teamwork, negotiating and more. Additional course details can be found here. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis only and can only be taken once.

MGMT 891:900 is delivered via OmniLearn. The online course requires about 5 minutes per day of lessons that present leadership skills to be practiced over the course of the work day. Overall, you will be required to complete an initial assessment, two skill-based modules of approximately 20 lessons each, and some interim exams. This online course delivers one lesson per 24-hour period, and lessons cannot be sped up. The course therefore requires approximately 45 days at approximately 5 minutes per day.

Orientation and Registration:
In order to apply for Curricular Practical Training approval through ISSS, you must register for MGMT891:900 (an online course requiring completion of 40 lessons and three assessment tests). Registration for this class will open on March 20.

  1. Log in to the SPIKE MGMT 891 site here and watch the mandatory training and registration video (9 minutes).
  2. Once you have finished the video, you will be provided with a link to the 123Signup page to register for the class.
  3. The policies and procedures for the MGMT 891 class will be outlined on this page. Please read through these and then proceed to pay the $70 fee for the class. This fee will cover the cost of the on-line course delivery system (much like a bulk pack fee). There will be a $10 processing fee for refunds if you cancel your registration; no refunds will be given after Friday, June 26. By submitting the payment, you are confirming your registration for the MGMT 891 class. (Note: your registration will not be completed until you have watched the video).
  4. The MGMT 891 class will appear on your transcript within three business days.
  5. F-1 International Students:  Once you have registered for the course (and it shows on your transcript) and have your job offer, complete the CPT electronic request form in iPenn. Remember -- you may not begin your employment including orientation and training until the start date authorized on the CPT I-20.

Students must complete all course requirements by the end of the summer, August 25, 2015.

  • There will be no extensions or exceptions to this deadline.
  • If the deadline is not met, students will fail the course. Failure precludes MBA students from graduation with honors and Palmer Scholar consideration.
  • Failure to pass MGMT 891 will also negatively affect students’ eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).