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No. We only authorize paid employment for students. We are not authorized to vet unpaid internships for compliance or to give permission.
You are not required to obtain OPT or CPT work authorization to engage in a legitimate unpaid internship or volunteer position.
Before doing any work, you should ask what paperwork the organization requires from you to start your unpaid internship. If they want you to complete an I-9 Employment Authorization Verification form, it means they consider it to be an employment relationship requiring authorization even if you are not being paid.
No. We can only provide social security letters for authorized paid employment opportunities.
You should get documentation from the organization where you are engaging in the unpaid internship or volunteer activity explaining the nature and terms of your work, and keep this with your other immigration records.