I am an intern at one of the major Silicon Valley Companies. I was recruited last December to work in a team for 8 months, which I gladly accepted. My signed offer letter says I would be interning for 8 months. I should mention that I am a PhD (international) student in EE from a different state where the internship job is based. The Employment term stipulates the payment of a stipend allowance to subsidize living costs in the state of the internship. The thing is my school's international office does not give CPT's for 8 months. Rather, I was given a 5 month CPT to start with, with the hope that I could renew the CPT when the first CPT expires.
Last week, the employment mobility in the company told me my stop date was May (presumably due to the CPT that the school issued to me originally). I brought this up with my manager (who also happens to be the one who recruited me) and confirmed verbally with him that my employment letter states 8 months. I also told him that I already completed my CPT for the summer from the school and it has been approved. I can't just quit now as I gave up my funding from my University for the summer semester due to his word. He said he would check with HR and resolve the discrepancy. To my bafflement, he went ahead and told HR to terminate my offer in May simply because of the CPT issue. I told him I had rented an apartment based on his informing me that he needed me for 8 months and I cannot afford to break my lease at this point as it would hurt my credit. I also mentioned that I gave up my funding in the summer semester based on the agreement I signed with the company. He showed no remorse and told me I was too expensive for him to keep because Corporate mobility pays me the subsidized living costs each month since I was recruited out of state. Other interns in the department I work are from the company area and they only take monthly salaries.
I feel he is taking advantage of a loophole in the CPT that was approved on a termly basis by the school as other interns from other schools had their CPT for the entire period of their offer letter. What would you suggest I do?
EDIT: May 15, 2016
Thanks to everyone who responded, empathized and advised. I met with the HR person, a day after this post, and she scheduled a meeting involving her, myself and the manager in question. Senior management seems to be looking for a summer intern with relevant experience similar to mine and it seems that they would be extending my internship in the spirit that I would be working in that newly available position.
Again, thanks for all your comments!