Can someone who is on F1-visa opt period can undergo unpaid internship/training to learn something new, besides a 40hr paid job?
For example: while working in 40hr week paid engineering position which satisfies F1 opt requirements, can he/she intern at a gym to learn how to coach people?
Additional info: It is a unpaid position. There is no fixed expectation when it comes to hours of commitment.
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It may be permitted. SEVIS provides permission for similar activity if the student has been enrolled full-time during the regular academic year, and it is a recreational activity. However, the student cannot use any credits earned from a school that is not SEVP certified to count towards his or her full-time enrollment or employment.
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