• Center for Career and Academic Advising

    Employing a comprehensive, holistic, and personalized approach, the CIA Center for Career and Academic Advising helps students evaluate their many potential academic and career options. The Center’s staff serves CIA students in the exploration of life goals, vocational and long-term career goals, and selection of academic programs, as well as the selection and scheduling of courses.

    Academic Advising Services

    The Center for Career and Academic Advising serves as a resource for students as they progress through their education. Committed to supporting students’ individual educational goals and enhancing their learning experiences at the CIA, the Center’s staff provides students with detailed course information and refers them to various support services on campus as needed. They can also help students with:

    • Academic advising for the associate and bachelor’s degree programs,
    • Questions about transferring credits to the CIA,
    • Understanding all of the options and opportunities in the degree programs, and
    • Learning about the financial benefits of Fast Track BPS.

    The staff for academic advising is located at the New York campus but serves students from all CIA campuses in the U.S. and can be reached at 845-451-1761 or academicadvising@culinary.edu.

    Career Services

    A CIA education offers students unparalleled career opportunities. The Center for Career and Academic Advising is dedicated to providing CIA students and graduates of its degree and certificate programs with the tools needed to effectively manage their career progression, from foundational experiences through pinnacle positions. Students are assigned an advisor, who will work with them to prepare for their externship and their post-graduate job search. The relationship does not end at graduation—CIA alumni enjoy free, lifelong assistance.

    The Center for Career and Academic Advising will help you turn your CIA degree into a career. As a CIA student you will:

    • Have an assigned Career Services Advisor to assist with creating your career management plan.
    • Sharpen your skills and make industry connections on a 15-week externship at one of more than 1,200 CIA-approved establishments.
    • Attend on-campus Career Fairs.
      • Find an externship site or full-time position at one of the four Career Fairs held each year on the New York campus.
      • With hundreds of recruiters attending each session, there is something for everyone! Positions are in all regions of the country and include front-of-house, back-of house, management, and much more.
    • Use Culinary Connect to help you track down your next career move. Both students and graduates can use this online tool to:
      • Search jobs posted by employers looking specifically for CIA grads.
      • Search by field, city, state, country, cuisine, and restaurant quality designation.
      • Get personal contact info to use when applying or making inquiries to a company.
    • Learn practical career skills.
      • Associate degree students will write resumes and cover letters, as well as learn valuable interviewing skills, as part of their Externship Prep Seminars.
      • Bachelor's degree students pursuing a Management degree will go a step further as they learn about recruiting, selecting, hiring, and training employees.
    • Have life-long access to our all of our career services.
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