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Always Learning, Always Teaching is one of Our Core Values at Darden and that works hand-in-hand with pursuing your educational goals. Darden offers a variety of ways for students to enhance their education during and after college.

Operations Careers and Internships

In our restaurants, we offer restaurant management internships to college students pursuing hospitality degrees as well as full-time management opportunities for graduates starting as a Manager in Training (MIT).

Whether an Intern or MIT, you’ll put your hospitality education and previous work experience to great use as you rotate through hourly and management positions in both the front and back of house. As a developing leader in your restaurant, you’ll grow personally and professionally every step of the way. Inspiring your employees to deliver an excellent dining experience and encouraging them to reach for their goals by living Our Core Values, you will see how you can make a difference. You’ll learn about the manager responsibilities in our kitchens where your team creates the culinary delights for which we’re known. Your guests will want to return again and again because you’ve ensured your team has made their visit so special. These opportunities help you to expand your restaurant operations knowledge, hone your management insights, develop your leadership skills, and build confidence as part of The Premier Full-Service Dining Company!

Restaurant management internships are available at Darden restaurants across the country. Internships offer a structured, rotational hands-on experience in all aspects of restaurant operations. Interns will be scheduled 40 hours per week during the the multi-week summer program and will be paid $12 an hour. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. Criteria for consideration include: 1. Currently enrolled in a hospitality management program pursuing a Bachelor's degree. 2. Must be a rising senior. 3. Must have a passion for restaurant management as a career. Previous restaurant and/or hospitality experience is required, preferably in a casual dining environment. This highly competitive program is geared towards hospitality students with interest in pursuing a future career in Darden restaurant management. The open application period for summer 2015 restaurant management internships has closed. Please check back next January for details on our 2016 application period.

Darden visits various hospitality management programs across the country. The commitment of students pursuing a hospitality education to grow with Darden enriches our company now and for generations. Check with your hospitality management or career services department to see if Darden is recruiting at your campus. You may also apply directly for restaurant hourly positions and management by visiting the Careers at Our Restaurants link at the left.


Corporate Internships

At this time, Darden is not offering undergrad or MBA/graduate internships in Restaurant Support Center functions (i.e. Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, HR).

Partners in Education
Here are some of the educational organizations Darden sponsors and supports: