Life as a Culinary Student: How to Choose Your Externship Site

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Life as a Culinary Student: How to Choose Your Externship Site

 

By Laura Denby—Student, School of Culinary Arts

 

As a culinary student with a graduation date looming in the not-too-distant future, securing my externship has recently been at the forefront of my mind. Luckily, I was able to secure a placement at Tasting Table—an amazing food media outlet—that I cannot wait to start. However, making that choice wasn’t easy. With so many different culinary career options, picking an externship site that fit my personal goals, schedule and experience level was an arduous task. Below are some tips that I learned along the way:

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Do Your Homework
If you’re looking for an externship in restaurants, for example, research different restaurants, chefs and styles of food. Visit restaurants that you’re interested in and sample some of the menu items. By taking time to understand the chef’s style and perspective, you’ll get a better understanding of the restaurant as a work environment.

 

Read on for more of Laura's externship and trailing tips.