Opportunities for Culinary Arts Majors

  • Josh Zimmerman

    “Every day in March, one or two people come in and give presentations for externship sites, and you decide if you want to interview or not. I now have a paid externship with the Holly Inn, 1895 Grill, at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.”
    —Josh Zimmerman ’17, Culinary Arts and BS in Hospitality Management

    Paid Externships

    The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts externship program is one of the best in the United States. We have a 100 percent externship placement record, and over 85 percent of our students are placed in four- and five-star and diamond properties for externship. When you’re an IUP ACA student, companies will come to you.

    The American Club, Kohler, WI • Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC • Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, FL • Hollywood Casino, Grantville, PA • Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, PA • Omni Bedford Springs, Bedford, PA • Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst NC • Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC • Ocean Reef Club, FL • more about externships

    American Culinary Federation, IUP Groundhog Chapter

    Boost your culinary career. Gain access to experts in the culinary profession. Stay on top of the latest in culinary arts. The ACF is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America. Students can join the Groundhog Chapter of the ACF to see culinary demos, network with professionals in the field, and earn professional certification.

    Escoffier Club

    The Escoffier Club is a student-run organization that plans recreational and educational activities for culinary students and hosts campuswide events. Some of the activities organized by the club in previous years include Halloween parties; pumpkin-carving contests; karaoke nights; video game nights; weekend trips to New York City and Washington, DC; back-of-the-house tours at Omni Bedford Springs Resort; barbecues; dances; and culinary competitions.

    Ice Carving Club

    You can learn to carve ice! Chef instructors Thomas Barnes, Richard Harber, and Martha Rupert are the club advisors to this group, sponsored by the Escoffier Club. The club carves at least once a month, and the university provides all the equipment. Have fun and develop professional carving skills—a great résumé enhancer!

    On-Campus Living

    You can choose to live on campus in one of our two unique housing facilities. The Living and Learning Center on the IUP Punxsutawney campus offers campus housing convenient to culinary computer, business, math, and theory classes. This facility includes single and double room apartment-style suites as well as multimedia classrooms, a library, fitness center, student lounge, and a dining facility.

    The Fairman Centre, located in downtown Punxsutawney, is also a living and learning facility. Students utilize state-of-the-art kitchen laboratories, multimedia classrooms, and a demonstration theatre in this culinary facility. On-campus housing for 20 students is available at the Fairman Centre.

    Check out our Living and Learning Center and Fairman Centre Photo Galleries for an inside look at our Living and Learning Centers.