NECI Externships:
Career Success NECI-Style


Our students
don’t stand still.

Chef-Instructors in actionHere at NECI, externships are an important part of our educational process where students are provided an opportunity to receive hands on professional guidance in the comfort of an educational setting. Students are also taught best practices on applying and interviewing for appropriate externship opportunities.

It is our goal to maintain strong relationships with the food and beverage industry throughout the country; we capitalize on our strong industry reputation to help provide our students with opportunities that will enhance their intellectual and personal growth.

Externships allow you to gain real insight into what the many professions in the food world can be like on a daily basis. What better way to see how you fit—to decide on a niche or create your own?

The externship provides students with the opportunity to further apply and practice the information and skills they acquired during residency. Students set learning goals prior to the start of their externship, reflect on their progress throughout the externship, and provide documentation of their learning experiences. NECI maintains a broad database of local, national, and international approved sites that are monitored and updated regularly. 

Externships are also available at NECI, including a specialized program that prepares students for work in Michelin starred restaurants at home and abroad. Degree program externships require 495 hours of work experience at an approved site; Certificate programs require 135 hours. The Certificate and Associates degree programs require one externship. The Bachelor's degree program requires two. Students are required to maintain ongoing contact with the school during the externship program. As part of the externship program, students participate in an online course through which they receive ongoing advice and input from Career Services and their NECI instructors throughout their externship experience.

The externship is a very personalized process for each student; the student’s research and energy directly affects the quality of the externship experience. There are certain criteria that play a role in every student’s externship: financial, housing, previous experience, and time of year all impact the student’s choices and outcomes.

The NECI Network

NECI has more than 500 approved externship sites nationwide, offering a wide range of cuisine, locations, salary, and benefits. Our database is consistently updated. Students who excel during their residency may be given the opportunity to extern with one of the premier restaurant groups or hotel and resort chains with whom we maintain close relationships. Our list of international externship sites also continues to grow. Our graduates work all around the world. By the time you finish your program at NECI, you will have developed an impressive list of contacts—from peers and colleagues to externships, guest speakers, and instructors, NECI staff, and NECI alumni.

Click here for a partial list of NECI Externship sites.



New Orleans, Louisiana

The Breakers

Palm Beach, Florida

Global Cuisine at the Ritz Carlton

Half Moon, Bay California

Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs CO

Featured Externship Site 

Showcasing 10 restaurants and 10 cafés and lounges, The Broadmoor offers Colorado’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant (Penrose Room). All food emphasises on fresh, local, and sustainable ingredientsfor an authentic and unforgettable culinary adventure.

Restaurant Daniel, New York, NY

Featured Externship Site 

In the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Chef Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurant delights with a distinctive contemporary setting and award-winning contemporary French cuisine. The restaurant is one of the few Manhattan restaurants to have earned a two-star Michelin rating and is a sought-after destination for weddings and events.

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