Externship Site Application
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Dear Prospective Employer,

Thank you for your interest in supporting our students’ education. The experience of Externship provides our students with the opportunity to apply the technical skills learned in the classroom environment to a real world setting, to grow their professional network, and to gain experience conducting a professional job search. Externship is a required class. Students must work 15 consecutive weeks and a minimum of 600 hours at one establishment which has been approved to accept Externs. Students begin the class of Externship at multiple times throughout the year, and have a pre-defined time period in which to complete their 15 weeks and 600 minimum hours.

Applying to Become an Approved Site

After completing this form, you will be required to submit the following materials. These items are required. Applications will not be reviewed without these additional materials:

  • Externship Curriculum. Externship is a three-credit course that is a required element of our degree programs. As such, a vital element of the application to become an approved Externship host will be the learning experience (the curriculum) that your establishment will provide for the student. A solid, well-planned curriculum ensures that the property, the student, and the school can be certain that the academic rigor of this course will be met. Please read our PDF on how to create your curriculum before moving forward with the application. There are three options for creating your curriculum:
    1. Agree to one of the curriculum models in the informational document. (PDF)
    2. Use our template to create your curriculum. (DOCX)
    3. Submit a curriculum that you have established.
  • A link to a short video tour of your kitchen and dining room (approx. one minute). The link should be to YouTube or other public video hosting service. We suggest a walk-through beginning at the front door, moving through the dining room, and proceeding to the kitchen (including the pass, the line, the dish area, prep kitchen, and receiving area). The tour provides our faculty and our students a better understanding of the size and scope of your establishment. Please upload the video to YouTube or similar video-sharing website, and include the link in the field provided on the application. We do not expect or need professional-quality video and narration, yet this will be the main visual connection our faculty and students will have to your establishment.
  • Executive Chef’s and/or Executive Pastry Chef’s (as appropriate) résumé or bio.
  • Menus.

A review committee consisting of Faculty and Administration will consider your application only after all information has been submitted. The committee meets every three weeks, and the Career Services team will provide feedback from the committee following the meeting.

The following criteria serve as guidelines in the consideration of your application:

  • The establishment has been open for at least one year
  • The Executive Chef or Pastry Chef (as appropriate) has five years of management experience
  • Menus reflect the use of basic fundamentals of cooking/baking
  • The establishment’s plan for the Extern’s experience provides opportunities for rotation, growth, and increased learning

Please feel free to contact the Office of Career Services at 845-451-1275 or careers@culinary.edu if you have any questions regarding the Externship Program, the application, or the approval process. Thank you again for your interest in supporting our students’ education.

The Career Services Team

The United States Department of Labor has outlined six criteria which must be met in order to legally offer an unpaid internship. These criteria are:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet (PDF).

New York State requires that eleven criteria must be met to legally offer an unpaid internship in New York State. Information regarding New York State’s criteria can be found online. (PDF)

Assurance of Nondiscrimination
As a recipient of federal funding the CIA is required by law to obtain written assurances from companies and organizations conducting recruitment activities of our students and graduates, including externship opportunities, and/or participating in on-campus job fairs that they do not discriminate in their hiring or selection practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. By completing this form your organization is providing such written assurance of nondiscrimination to the CIA.
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