High School Sophomores and Younger

  • Your Future in Food Awaits!

    You’ve always been a little obsessed with food. Cooking it, baking it, sharing it, watching videos about it...you just can’t get enough of it. So wouldn’t it be great to be able to officially make food your life? Well, you can! There are so many different careers in food and hospitality, and the CIA is ready to introduce you to them all. Let’s explore!

    Experience the CIA

    Experience the CIA

    This summer we’re bringing the CIA to you. Take a virtual tour to see what our campus is really like, join us for an online event, listen to current students, watch tutorial videos, and find recipes to try in your kitchen.

    Learn about amazing food careers

    Imagine an Amazing Career

    Do you dream about becoming a professional chef or pastry chef? Opening your own restaurant? Good for you! Lots of CIA graduates have done exactly that. You can also become a baker, caterer, event planner, food writer, research chef, food media personality, beverage director, sustainability advocate, culinary instructor, food business owner…no matter what your interests, there’s a career path that’s just right for you.

    Learn in Our Kitchens

    Learn in Our Kitchens

    So what’s the best way to prepare for your career in food and hospitality? Go to college at the CIA! We’re all about hands-on learning in our kitchens and bakeshops; real-world learning in our restaurants, internships, and travel experiences; and food-focused learning when studying important subjects like management, science, history and cultures, and sustainability.


    Connect with us!

    It’s never too soon to start learning more about culinary college and your future in food, whether you’re a sophomore in high school or even younger.

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    Summer Experiences for Teens

    Find out what it’s really like to be a CIA student! Join us for either a weekend or week-long program at our beautiful New York campus. Learn more >

  • One of the 50 Most Beautiful Campuses

    Our Hyde Park, NY campus made Condé Nast Traveler's recent list!
  • CIA students get résumé-building experience during their internship—and have more than 2,000 to choose from!