Real-World, Live-Action Experiences

  • CIA Restaurants and Internships

    No other culinary college gives you the immersive, hands-on food industry experience that the CIA offers. The expert instructors in our restaurants and mentors at your chosen internship will guide you in meaningful experiential learning that prepares you to succeed in whatever food industry career you choose.

    Learning in CIA Restaurants

    High-Energy Experience in Our Restaurants

    With the most on-campus public restaurants of any culinary college, the CIA provides on-the-job training that gives you a competitive edge in the workforce. It’s the kind of restaurant experience food industry employers value—they know CIA grads need very little additional training, and that’s a big deal. Extensive hands-on work in both the kitchen and dining room gives you the full scope of restaurant work experience.

    Industry-Wide Selection of Internships

    Industry-Wide Selection of Internships

    Choose your culinary internship from more than 2,000 approved sites throughout the wide world of food. The semester-long Culinary Institute of America internship program gives you the professional and life skills you’ll use time and again in the industry. Our list of partners continues to grow, giving you unprecedented access to Michelin three-star restaurants, international hotel groups, test kitchens for product developers, and much more.