Center for International Career Development CICD

Center for International Career Development

About

The Center for International Career Development (CICD) is a U.S. Department of State-designated J-1 Visa sponsor organization. CICD is proud to offer unique experiences in many countries to qualified applicants from around the world.

CICD’s 3- to 7 month flagship program is available for university students to travel to France and gain professional culinary & hospitality skills in two phases: Students begin their program with phase one in Montpellier, southern France, for a short language and cultural immersion course then move to phase two for full-time internships with 3- to 5-star hotels and restaurants.

CICD Programs offered: International Internships, Language Courses, Work and Travel, and Volunteering in a variety of fun and challenging fields and destinations. These affordable experiences located in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, are eligible for college credit.

CICD is a member of WYSE - The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (Amsterdam)

Website
www.cicdgo.com
Founded
1997
Headquarters

4530 Union Bay Place NE
Suite 214
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

Applications are now open for March and April!

CICD's Paid Culinary or Hospitality Internships in France are filling up quickly. Apply now to reserve your spot.
Available Start Dates: 03/02, 04/06, 05/04, 06/01, 07/06, 09/07, 10/05, 11/02, 12/07

Reviews

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was in the program in 2014, This was the best choice of my life i always tell people to reach out for this experience. I came back from France and worked in multiples Michelin Star restaurants ... Two years after my return i was diagnosed with cancer, i am now in remission and now own my own catering company. If i never would have followed my dream i don’t know where i would be present day thank your for the experience and opportunity!

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Melinda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would definitely recommend this program if you want to travel and experience a different culture. There’s so many experiences I had that were honestly once in a lifetime. I loved meeting people from around the world at the language program, and doing activities with them too. I learned a lot about food and different techniques while working in the kitchen. It was also a chance to be very independent which was very liberating! I would recommend you save some extra money to eat at a Michelin start restaurant because there are so many over here!

What would you improve about this program?
Stable WiFi to communicate and use internet. I was aware of this before the program but my advice would be to get a SIM card when you get there and phone bill will be much cheaper!
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Madeleine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time in France, I'm kind of an introvert so having preplanned activities that we went to with the French school was really helpful for me to get to know my partner who would be working with me at our placement restaurant. Our chef and the staff who worked with us were all very nice and friendly. Pushing to go through this program was one of the best choices I've ever made. Training with my chefs made me so much better, the experience I gained looks amazing on my resume, and the life I lived in France was wonderful.

Most of my immediate family took the time to make their way over and visit me and it was so much fun showing them around and showing them what I had learned.

What would you improve about this program?
My particular program meant that I had to check in with my school weekly but we frequently lost service, meaning that I was terrified I wasn't going to be able to turn in my assignments. I had no data or wifi to let them know I would be late and being late without notice was grounds to terminate my last semester. Any locations need verifiable connection to internet. And it needs to be consistent. Ours was told that we would have wifi but it wasn't consistent.
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Brady
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

All the time spent in the kitchen was absolutely great. I learned how to create better dishes and gained knowledge of how to combine ingredients. I got to work on my knife skills, plating and production.

During the language program, the experience with the host family was amazing and all of the teachers at the school were very friendly.

The services that CICD provided are very good. The program was nothing short of exceptional and something I'll always remember.

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Nicoletta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If I had the opportunity to do it again, I'll do it in a heartbeat. One of the most rewarding times in my life. I wish I could live in France! Everyone was so friendly, the staff plus my roommates. I had so much fun not only learning new cooking techniques but travelling the country and visiting different sites as well as sampling the great french cuisine. I have friends for life now from all over the world. And also a lifetime of great memories

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I could have gotten a job offer

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