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  • The Best College Experience

    The Kitchen is Your Classroom

    Look for world-class teaching kitchens and a high level of in-kitchen instruction.

    • As a CIA student, you’ll learn hands-on culinary and baking skills in our state-of-the-art professional kitchens and bakeshops, sharpening your knowledge in 1,300 hours of kitchen time.

    Seek schools that have first-class restaurants and cafés on campus for professional development.

    • At the CIA, you’ll work in our award-winning, student-staffed restaurants and bakery cafés. All are public-facing, fully operational retail dining establishments that serve more than 333,000 customers each year. Under the guidance of our instructors, you’ll prepare menu items and serve patrons eager to sample the incredible dining experiences available at the CIA. It’s the ultimate in hands-on learning.

    Select programs that include internships at leading restaurants, hotels, and resorts to gain real-world experience and build industry connections.

    • Engage in a semester-long internship (most are paid) at one of more than 1,200 top foodservice properties around the world, including:
      - Disney resorts
      - Ritz-Carlton hotels
      - Chocolatier magazine
      - The Breakers Resort
      - Amy's Bread
      - Jacques Torres Chocolates
      - Four Seasons hotels
      - Food Network
    • You’ll also work in acclaimed restaurants such as:
      - Restaurant Daniel in New York City
      - The French Laundry in Yountville, CA
      - One Market in San Francisco
      - Pujol in Mexico City
    • Your internship is the perfect way to learn firsthand how high-end establishments operate and serve customers, and gives you an opportunity to begin networking with industry professionals.