Pre-Professional Internship

The Art & Cooking Pre-Professional Internship Program is an all-encompassing course which was created for those who want to make their mark in the world of Culinary Arts. Participants will have “real world” experience at the school and in restaurants. This is an invaluable asset for success in this so competitive career. The pre-professional internship offers students hands-on experience in a professional environment and gives them the necessary tools to feel sure of themselves when immersed in a real cooking environment at a professional level at Italian restaurants.

This program is designed for those who wish to be actively immersed in the world of Italian cooking at a professional level. Participants will be living in the world of real Italian cuisine and its environment. They will learn to speak and understand the language, have the opportunity to network with their peers as well as obtain personal enhancement in their field. Depending on the participants’ interests, there’s a wide range of internship arrangements, from restaurants in 5 star hotels to local restaurants to trattoria.

Program Description
– Learning Italian language and culture: You will be learning to speak Italian and Italian culture in group lessons aimed to make you feel comfortable and secure with the language in a professional cooking environment. The school will evaluate your level of knowledge through an on-line test that you send along with your enrollment application. You will be informed of the results of your test before your departure and at your arrival you will have an oral exam which will guide us as to the number of required Italian lessons you need.

Professional hands-on cooking courses: You will take professional hands-on cooking courses towards an internship in a restaurant, hotel or trattoria. The cooking courses are given along with or after the language lessons – depending on your proficiency in Italian. The CT1 and CT2 courses consist of 20 cooking sessions (12 group and 8 are private). The CT3 course consists of 6 group sessions. Enrollment in the CT3 course is strictly reserved for those with good Italian language knowledge (at least B2 level) as well as previous experience working in a restaurant. These lessons will prepare you to be fully immersed in a real professional cooking environment by learning hands-on how to prepare numerous and authentic soups, meat and pasta dishes, sauces, vegetables and desserts. You and your classmates will feast on all the meals prepared. These intense cooking courses will be part of your culinary internship adventure at a professional level..

Culinary Internship: CT1 & CT2 last from 4 to 24 week and CT3 last from 4-8 weeks. During the internship you will be training in Siena or the surrounding area at the most appropriate culinary institution for your personal skills. This is where you will learn all the tricks of the trade. Students participating in internships do not receive monetary compensation but room and board are provided for a certain amount of weeks depending on the course length.

Code Start level of Italian language hours of italian language session of italian cuisine course weeks fees in Euro
CT1 absolute beginner 300 20 24-44 5.500,00
CT2 A2-B1 240 20 20-40 5.000,00
CT3 B2-C2 60 + 16 hours of individual lesson 6 8-12 2.000,00

Fees include:
* Language course + culinary sessions
* Internship placement fee
* Insurance and coverage for damage to third parties
* Food and board is provided for part of the program

Fees do not include:
* Administration fees
* Accommodation fees
* Accommodation for part of the program