Culinary and Hospitality Internship

2017 Applications have closed!


Apply here

to be a part of the second year of our new internship program!

“The Highland Center Internship gave me a taste for a world outside my own. Living in the small town of Monterey helped me to establish bonds with the community and immerse myself in a new lifestyle for 10 weeks…I also had the pleasure of working with a wonderful chef who brought new ideas of how to use local food and about gastronomy. With business splashed into the program I found it to be a well-rounded experience combining aspects that are crucial to the hospitality industry.”

-Miranda Essig, 2016 participant

We are offering two tracks:
Culinary Arts & Events and Marketing & Hospitality Management.

The Culinary Arts and Events Intern will assist the head chef with dinner service, as well as with any special events that the Highland Inn or Highland Center host. The Marketing and Hospitality Intern will create a marketing plan for the Highland Center’s Conference and Retreat space, as well as help with day-to-day management and marketing of the Highland Inn.

Both interns will be based with the Highland Inn and the newly renovated Highland Conference & Retreat Center.  You will gain experience preparing meals for visitors and local patrons, while running the daily inn operations.

You will spend part of each week working with the Highland Inn’s farm to table restaurant, and help market both the Inn and the Conference and Retreat space. In addition, there will be a variety of workshops and lectures based around local agriculture, restaurant management, and strengthening our hospitality economy. As this is a fairly new program, you will have plenty of freedom to personalize your experience.

This is a ten-week internship for credit, running from May through August , and culminating with our annual “Taste of Highland” fundraising dinner; housing will be provided.

Required qualifications:

  • Junior or Senior status in a culinary or hospitality management program
  • Some coursework in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Agriculture, Food Science, or other related field
  • Experience working in a commercial kitchen, inn, or hotel
  • Willingness and desire to live and work in a rural community
  • Ability to do manual labor and lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Marketing experience a plus

Download application here!

Applications for the season are due by April 1.
Email for more information.
Know someone who might be interested? View and print out the program flyer here.

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