Prepare yourself for one of the 1.6 million new food industry jobs expected in the next decade. With a CIA education, there’s a world of opportunity for people who love food—and not just chef careers! CIA alumni are leaders who work in careers as diverse as food policy, television, research, owning/operating a restaurant, and crafting unique pastry products.
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Why prepare for your future in food at the CIA? Because you’ll get the perfect combination of in-kitchen learning and classroom instruction made real through food. You’ll put your skills and knowledge into practice in the real world, during your internship and our public restaurants. You will be exposed to every facet of the food world, benefiting from the industry insights of your chefs and professors and the CIA’s partnerships with universities like Harvard and MIT. Maybe best of all, you can tailor your education to your own interests and goals, through career-ready majors, specialized study concentrations, and life-changing culinary travel.
The ultimate in learning by doing! A semester-long internship at one of more than 2,000 top food and hospitality properties. Think: Disney, Google, and The French Laundry.
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The food world is vast. And so are the variety of career opportunities. With the foundation of skills you’ll get at the CIA, you can start your own food business. Change the world as a food advocate. Create the next big thing in food in research and development. Become an executive chef, a food writer, a hotel food and beverage manager, a pastry chef, or a catering director. If you have a dream and a CIA degree, you can be working in a career you love. And if you’re not sure where in the food world you want to go, don’t worry. We’ll help you discover your path.
Join our friendly, energetic community of food-obsessed students, who come from more than 40 countries.
Have fun! Filled with cool things to do, the CIA campus is convenient to both outdoor adventure and big-city food and entertainment.
Choose your major: culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, culinary science, applied food studies, or hospitality management.
As a CIA graduate, you’ll be forever connected with a thriving, influential network of 50,000 proud alumni who know firsthand the kind of food professional you are. Maybe that’s why so many CIA grads hire fellow grads first—and why they tell interested students like you to study here (and recommend you for a CIA Alumni Referral Scholarship!). If you have a passion for food, you definitely need to be at the CIA.
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