The Culinary Institute of America Externship

  • Location Hyde Park, NY
  • Nearest ELS Center N.Y., Riverdale,NY

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world’s best culinary education. Founded in 1946, the CIA today enrolls nearly 2,900 students from virtually every state and more than 30 countries around the world, all united by their shared passion for food.

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Key Major Future Job Possibilities Sample Externship Companies
Culinary Arts (Associate) Sous Chef, Food & Beverage Manager, Caterer Aramark Corporation, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Restaurant Daniel
Baking and Pastry Arts (Associate) Pastry Chef, Chocolatier, Cake Decorator M&M/Mars, Bouley Bakery, Charm City Cakes
Management (Bachelor) Executive Chef, Restaurateur/Entrepreneur, Corporate Chef The Walt Disney Company, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, American Food & Vending
Culinary Science (Bachelor) Recipe Developer, Restaurant Chef, Research & Development Chef Panera Bread, Signature Blends, Alinea
Applied Food Studies (Bachelor) Farm-to-Table Chef, Nutritionist, Culinary Educator Blue Hill Farms, American Public Health Association, National Dairy Council
Chef & Restaurant Awards The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards

• Outstanding Service (Andrew Chabot ’02)

• Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional (Rajat Parr ’96)

• Best Chef: South (Alon Shaya ’99)

• Best Chef: West (Stuart Brioza ’98)

• Cookbook (Nicolaus Balla ’02)
• Best Television Program, On Location (Anthony Bourdain ’78)
• Lifetime Achievement Award, Foodservice Educators Network
• International (President Tim Ryan '77)


Externship, which typically takes place between the freshman and sophomore years, is a full-time commitment of a minimum of 15 weeks or 600 hours of full-time work at a CIA-approved location. Students choose a site from the more than 1,200 leading foodservice establishments that offer a variety of settings—world-famous restaurants, exotic resorts, glamorous magazines, high-profile television networks, and more. Then they go sharpen their skills and make valuable industry contacts in a dynamic real-world environment.

Following the course, students must submit an acceptable externship manual within two weeks. A satisfactory evaluation of the experience is required for students to receive their degree.

Externship is considered a requirement and all students must attend externship career planning sessions scheduled during the first and second semesters. Per U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations, international students with an F-1 visa must complete one full academic year (two semesters) to be eligible to enter the course of Externship. Student Financial and Registration Services will verify that this requirement has been met. International students will need to provide a copy of their completed Training Agreement to the manager of international students in the CIA Admissions Department to have their I-20 form authorized, and then obtain a Social Security card.

Students should begin exploring externship possibilities well in advance to make sure they have secured a position and submitted a training agreement at the end of the second semester. They must select an externship site from an established list of approved sites, and it is each student’s responsibility to initiate contact with these employers and obtain a position as an extern.

To pass the course of Externship, students must achieve a passing evaluation from their externship supervisor, submit all externship assignments on time for grading, and receive a passing grade for these assignments.

Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Degrees Offered
Available for Undergraduate Suburban Yes Associate, Career/Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor, Master
Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Private Baccalaureate College Co-educational 2912 (Total) 424 (International)

Please Note:While you will build your resume and gain many professional skills during your co-op or internship, participating in a co-op or internship does not guarantee employment. Sample companies and future job possibilities are intended to highlight possible outcomes.