Host an Intern!

Give the Gift of Experience

As part of the Community Culinary School program students gain experience not only through classroom instruction, the Community Culinary School Catering business, and by preparing food that is distributed to the needy at the New Milford Food Bank, but also through internships at area food service operations. During the 12 week program students spend one day a week at their internship site for a total of 6 weeks.

The Community Culinary School seeks diverse internship sites including restaurants, corporate and institutional kitchens, and caterers. These sites offer the student valuable hands-on experience and the opportunity to further their culinary skills within the workplace.

The benefits to the internship site include:

  • A valuable personnel resource at no expense.
  • The opportunity to mentor a student seeking a career in food service
  • Evaluation of a potential employee’s skills before hiring
  • A promotional tool through inclusion in the Community Culinary School media outreach.
  • An opportunity to give back to the community in which you do business

Opportunities for Employers

Graduates of the Community Culinary School complete a rigorous 12 week program that includes hands-on training in the skills necessary to work in a professional kitchen. All graduates have passed the ServSafe Food Protection Managers Certification Course, the nationally recognized course from the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation. In addition, students receive instruction in the life-skills necessary to succeed in the workplace with the emphasis on reliability and teamwork.

Graduates are motivated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and ready to be part of the team at your food service operation. You will be rewarded with a hard working employee and the knowledge that you have given an individual a chance for a better life.

    Guest Chefs and Speakers

    Chef Matt Neele demoThe Community Culinary School seeks individuals who are leaders in the food service industry to volunteer their time and talents to the program. This includes guest chef demos and seminars with food industry professionals. Our students are eager for the knowledge that you can impart to them. Demonstrate your culinary specialty or discuss restaurant operations or whatever your field of expertise is. You will have the chance to inspire a willing and grateful audience.

    If you are interested in serving as an internship site, hiring our graduates or donating your time to serve as a guest chef or speaker please contact:
    Dawn Hammacott, Executive Director
    203-512-5791
    Email us

    Current and Past Hosts


    The Community Culinary School would like to thank the following businesses for participating in our Internship Program:

    Upper Crust
    Adrienne’s Restaurant
    Big Y
    Candlewood Valley Country Club
    Candlewood Valley Rehab Center
    Chuck’s Steakhouse
    Daniel’s Restaurant
    Executive Cuisine
    Houlihan’s Restaurant
    1st & 10 Sports Bar & Restaurant
    New Milford Hospital, Western CT Health Network
    Olive Garden Restaurant
    Rooster Tail Inn
    Stew Leonard’s
    Connecticut Community Foundation
    Woman’s Club of Danbury/ New Fairfield