CIA Career Fairs

  • Food is your opportunity. Career Ready Advantage

    At CIA, we build food and hospitality careers. In fact, we’re so committed to the success of our students, CIA hosts the best college career fair in the world of food—exclusively for CIA students and grads. Three times a year, every year, more than 100+ of the very best food, beverage, and hospitality companies attend the CIA Career Fair—looking to hire. And given our industry reputation (and that of our alumni), the employers and the job opportunities come to you, not the other way around. That’s the CIA advantage.

  • Networking Nirvana

    Networking Nirvana

    CIA Career Fairs attract food and hospitality employers from all over the country eager to actively recruit internship candidates, soon-to-be CIA graduates, and alumni ready for the next career step. Here you’ll get the chance to connect one-on-one with multiple company representatives all in one place—ask questions, talk up your skills and make important networking connections. And those connections often lead to on-the-spot job and internship interviews with highly interested recruiters. How’s that for a CIA networking win?

    Spring Career Fair Highlights

    • Attended by 158 companies and 384 recruiters representing a diverse range of food and hospitality businesses
    • Visited by over 1,600 students
    • Led to over 1,600 reported student and alumni interviews with highly interested employers

    Year-Round Access to New Job Opportunities

    Culinary Connect, our online job site exclusively for CIA students and alumni, grants additional access to more than 35,000 industry employers. In 2022, more than 6,800 new job opportunities were posted.

  • What Recruiters Say:

    “I love recruiting at CIA because we get students that have experienced real life work situations in their classrooms. They’re prepared. They’re professional—and they look forward to growing base success.”

    —Melissa Termyna
    Director of People & Culture, Gurney’s Resorts

    “I’ve been coming for over 20 years. I enjoy supporting the school as a graduate—it’s important to connect with our students and connect them with our industry.”

    —Zane Holmquist ’91
    Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations, Corporate Chef, Stein Eriksen Lodge

    “CIA has some of the best students. Students with some of the highest work ethic...and we get a team member from CIA that we know has a passion.”

    —Andrew Chabot ’02
    Vice President of Food and Beverage, Blackberry Farm/Blackberry Mountain

  • Become the Best of the Best

    CIA graduates are a cut above the rest. It’s why top food and hospitality companies continually look to hire them—they’re the best of the best. Are you ready to join them? Hear why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.