VOLUNTEERING FOR F-1 OPT CANDIDATES
ARE YOU AN F-1 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN YOUR INITIAL YEAR OF OPT (OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING) program?
You can maintain status by volunteering for RND4IMPACT INC.
All OPT employment, including post-completion OPT, must be in a job that is related to the foreign national’s degree program. For nonimmigrants who are not on a 17-month extension, and where this practice does not violate any labor laws, this employment may include: SEVP Policy Guidance 1004-03
Please feel free to contact us to find out about current volunteer opportunities after the FAQ section.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS WILL I BE WORKING ON?
You will be contributing to something that is related to your skillset. For example, if you're a Computer Science major or from a STEM field, you could be developing an IOS app, website, or a Spring Boot application. It really depends on what you are most comfortable with and aligns with your skillset and also something that you find interesting to do.
WILL I BE ASSIGNED A PROJECT?
If you don't have anything in mind, yes we'll let you know the current projects and if you don't like any of it, we have to discuss further to see what you're interested in. The purpose here is to contribute to something practical.
IS THIS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH TECH BACKGROUND?
Not at all. The main idea here is for you to do a project that is related to your expertise or course of study if you're a college student. Based on your expertise, there are multiple ways for you to contribute. So this is for everyone.
HOW WILL I BE SUPERVISED?
You will keep the supervisor in touch with weekly reports.
1. What you did this week
2. What you plan to do next week
3. What you learned in the current week
You will also have access to our Slack channels to collaborate with other volunteers.