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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 World’s Largest Full-Service Restaurant Company!

Restaurant management internships are available at Olive Garden 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 10 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 application period for summer 2014 restaurant management internships has closed. Please check back next January for details on our 2015 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.


Darden Restaurants MBA Internships - Summer 2015

Orlando, FL.
Positions are located at our Restaurant Support Center in Orlando, Florida. Internships are a 12-week program beginning in late May / early June. Candidates interested in applying must meet the minimum requirements and agree to the terms of the program.

Darden Projects
In addition to the day-to-day work experience, participants will also be involved with projects that may impact our future business. Students will receive valuable feedback about their performance through a mid-point and final evaluation review.

Darden Culture
The Darden Restaurants Internship Program provides students an opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals and executives within one’s chosen field of Finance or Supply Chain, as well as gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Buddy Program
As part of the internship program, participants will have the chance to meet and interact with key individuals and executives of the company. Interns are also assigned a “Darden Buddy” to help them better understand the company and its culture.

We have a partnership with the following school:

  • University of Florida

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Partners in Education
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