Culinary Internships Abroad In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD per person
  • Dates Available: Year Round
  • Projects Sites: Kingston, Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay, Falmouth
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Min Age: 18
  • Min Duration: 1 Week
  • Max Duration: 3 Months
  • Work Type: Unpaid, Stipend may be given
  • Group Discount: Yes (5 OR MORE TRAVELERS)
  • Tour/Excursion Discount: 10% off all tours/excursions

International Culinary Internships Abroad In Jamaica

Seeking to expand your knowledge and skills in the culinary field by joining culinary internships abroad? Consider having your internship in Jamaica where you could get a placement in some of the top hotels and restaurants to get experience cooking both local and international cuisines.


Jamaican cuisine is renowned mostly for Jerk, which is a method of cooking mostly used for pork or chicken over fire (usually wood) and covered in a jerk pan. The jerk seasoning that is usually spicy combined with the smoke from the wood is what gives jerked food its unique flavour. You can learn how to master this traditional Jamaican cooking method as well as many other local and international cuisines, such as Japanese, Italian, Greek, French etc.


Our international culinary internships are designed for all levels of Culinary & Food Science students, who can intern in a restaurant/hotel as Garde Mangers, Sous Chefs, Pastry Chefs and even Executive Chefs. Food Science internships can also be arranged, where students would be placed with a leading food manufacturer or food lab in Jamaica to gain work experience.


Whatever your station in the kitchen, and the experience you would like to gain, we will search through our array of food service partners to find the right placement for you.

How A Culinary Internship Abroad In Jamaica Will Help You:

  • *Food Science students will be placed with a leading food processing company, food lab or a nutritionist in Jamaica
  • *Work in one of the top restaurants or hotels in Jamaica for your cooking internships abroad placement
  • *Join our baking internships abroad programs and get placed in one of Jamaica’s top bakeries
  • *Gain hands on experience on how to prepare a wide range of food items in a high quality kitchen for both local and international customers
  • *Work with certified chefs who will impart valuable tips and pass on key skills to you
  • *Test your cooking skills by applying what you learned in class to a real kitchen
  • *Gain course credit *only for supported courses
  • *Develop and perfect your cooking skills and techniques
  • *Build relationships with Jamaican chefs, restaurateurs and authorities in our food service industry to broaden your network
  • *Learn about workplace ethics and laws in Jamaica
  • *Attend any culinary events that are taking place during your internship
  • *Attend a Jamaican Cooking Class to learn how to prepare jerk and other Jamaican food
  • *Embark on adventures and cultural immersions on weekends and during free time to explore Jamaica’s best attractions
Project Details

Culinary Internship Abroad Placements

You will be placed at a restaurants, hotels, bakeries or food related businesses Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril or Trelawney.


Amount Of Participants:

This project is open to individuals and groups. For groups of 5 or more students special arrangements may be required.



You must be enrolled or a recent graduate of a high school, college, university, culinary school or any other recognized educational institution, or have recent work experience in the culinary or food science field

Applicants are required to submit a copy of their CV upon application.

A criminal background check may be required upon acceptance into the program.


Academic Credit Hours:

We understand that many interns join our chef internships abroad hoping to gain work hours as a requirement for their course. Let us know beforehand if you require your internship site to sign course related documents upon the completion of your program so that we can find you a placement that will facilitate this.


Internship Duties:

After you apply, our Program Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during your internship.


Fundraising Assistance:

We are always excited to help interns in their fundraising efforts for their culinary programs abroad. That is why we created our fundraising guide to provide you with fun and innovative ways to raise money to help cover expenses for your trip to Jamaica.


We are happy to provide you with any documentation that you may need to apply for study abroad funding or grants available at your school.



Our culinary internships overseas run for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. For projects longer than 3 months, you will need to contact us to check visa and other requirements.


Your First Day:

On the first day of your internship, a Program Advisor will accompany you to the restaurant/kitchen/office where you will meet your supervisor and colleagues; and shown around the property. Your Program Advisor will not leave until you are settled in and are clear of your objectives, and know where to purchase your lunch daily.



We provide company operated transportation to and from your internship daily. This cost is included in your program cost. We will work off the time indicated on your itinerary, so if you would like to spend more or less time at work on a particular day, let us know so that we can pick you up at the desired time.


Project Completion:

Upon the completion of your project, we will present you with an Internship Certificate signed by our General Manager. Your Supervisor will also sign any school related documentation needed.


Recommended To Take With You:

We recommend that you take along the following items with you during your internship in Jamaica:


Kitchen wear/tools (chef jackets, scarfs, hats, knife etc.)
Money to purchase lunch – lunch in Jamaica is very affordable, and would cost about $3-$5 USD per day.
Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
A camera to take pictures
Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
A water bottle
Comfortable shoes

Dates and Costs
Processing Fee (Add to Total)
$150 USD


Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON Hosted By JIP (USD)
1 Week $725
2 Weeks $1,270
3 Weeks $1,815
4 Weeks $2,360
5 Weeks $2,910
6 Weeks $3,455
7 Weeks $4,000
8 Weeks $4,545
Extra Weeks $545


Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON GROUP RATES (5 or More Volunteers) (USD)
1 Week $699
2 Weeks $1,215
3 Weeks $1,735
4 Weeks $2,255
5 Weeks $2,775
6 Weeks $3,295
7 Weeks $3,810
8 Weeks $4,330
Extra Weeks $520


Private Room With Local Host (USD)
1 Week $990
2 Weeks $1,790
3 Weeks $2,580
4 Weeks $3,375
5 Weeks $4,170
6 Weeks $4,965
7 Weeks $5,760
8 Weeks $6,600
Extra Weeks $720


Placement Only Processing Fee
$300 USD

Culinary Arts Internships Abroad Prices Include:

*Pre-arrival support and assistance
*Sourcing internship project placement
*Orientation and support documentation on day of arrival
*Pickup from airport and transfer to accommodation.
*Private room with a local host near the parish your program is in (Kingston, Falmouth, St. Ann, Hanover or Montego Bay.) Accommodation equipped with fans/air conditioning, double or queen bed, kitchen access, free wifi, cable television, bathroom and more.
*Full breakfast and dinner daily.
*Daily transportation to and from internship work site
*24/7 in country support
*Internship Certificate upon successful completion of your program
*Return transfer to airport
*10% discount off all tours & adventures


Prices Do Not Include:

Visa application cost or fees (if applicable)
Daily lunch
Personal shopping money
Airfare expenses or taxes
Travel insurance (You can purchase affordable travel medical insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure packages



Our programs run year-round, including our summer culinary programs abroad.


Project Dates and Times:

Projects normally run Monday through Friday, so we ask that students arrive on the weekend, preferably Saturday. If you cannot come on a weekend, we will still accommodate you.


Afternoon And Weekends:

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can opt to partake in our cultural immersion and excursion tours. This is the perfect opportunity for you to not only have fun and blow off steam, but also learn about our rich culture and experience our top attractions. Check out our page with the best tours and attractions in Jamaica to learn how you can enjoy amazing adventures.

Accommodation and Transportation




Where You Will Stay:

You will stay with a pre-vetted local host in houses or apartments that are equipped to accommodate our interns and volunteers. You will get a chance to experience the Jamaican culture first hand. On your application form you will select the area you would like to stay in, and choose from Kingston, Negril, Falmouth, Montego Bay, or St. Ann (Ocho Rios). All local hosts we work with are safe and will treat you like a member of the family.


Accommodation Features:

• Double or queen beds
• Air Conditioning or fans
• Private or shared bathrooms
• Cable television
• Free Wi-Fi access
• Closets
• Chest of drawer and night table
• Locker or safety box with lock (storage)


Group Accommodations

Groups joining our culinary apprenticeship programs abroad in Jamaica will be able to choose from a wide list of guest houses or hotels that we work with or manage to accommodate your members. You can choose accommodations in the most popular areas of Jamaica, equipped with dorm rooms, double rooms and private rooms and modern day amenities.



We provide all of our interns with orientation on your date of arrival. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will be given your finalized itinerary and your orientation guide. During orientation we will go over project dates and times, transportation, meal times, cultural/excursion activities and you will be given tips on Jamaica.


Key Deposit:

We require a $20 USD key deposit to be paid during orientation. This will be refunded upon checkout once the keys are returned. If you lose your keys we will use your deposit to cover their replacement.


Welcome Meal:

On your date of arrival, following your orientation, you will be served with your welcome meal.


Daily Meals:

Your Package Cost covers breakfast and dinner daily. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. Indicate if you have any special dietary requirements on your application so that we can make preparations for you.




Airport Pickup:

The culinary arts internship abroad project cost includes airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport or Sangster International Airport. We will meet you at the airport with a sign saying Jamaica International Projects. You will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.


You should book your flight to the airport that is nearest to the parish you will be staying in. We will advise you during application.


Daily Transfers:

Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your internship site by a team member. We will also pick you up at your project at the agreed upon time and transfer you either back to the accommodation, to change money/purchase supplies or to a cultural activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.


Tour Transfers:

For your tours, you will have a Program Advisor accompanying you to point out important landmarks and to function as a guide. You will be transferred to and from all excursions and outings.


Return To Airport:

At the end of your internship, we will provide return transportation to the airport.

How to Join Us


Read through all the information on this page about our international culinary internship programs and decide if this is the program for you.



Click APPLY NOW and complete the application form as thoroughly as possible. In the meantime start thinking of the activities that you would like to engage in during your internship.



A Program Advisor will review your application and contact you within 24 hours via Skype, Google Hangouts or telephone. You will get a chance to discuss your goals, skills, fundraising and ask us any questions.


Secure Your Placement:

As soon as you are accepted, you will need to pay your Non-Refundable Processing Fee so that we can begin making your placement and processing your application. You may also pay a deposit or make payment in full once you are sure of your date of travel, because availability is on a first come first serve basis.


Submit Documentation:

After paying the processing fee you will be sent a list of documentations that you need to submit. We ask that you submit these documents as soon as possible, so if you are planning to join this program then you should start the process of obtaining them from now. These documents are:


• A copy of your CV/Resume
• 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
• 1 valid photo id (passport, national id, school id or driver's license)
• 1 police report/criminal background check
• Proof of travel insurance
• Flight itinerary


Finalize All Payments:

All payments must be finalized no later than 60 days before your travel date. This means that the entire package cost, including Processing Fee, Project Cost and Cultural Immersion/Excursion cost must be settled 60 days before your arrival date. You can update your cultural immersion/excursion package or purchase additional tours while you are in Jamaica.


You will receive updates on your internship and itinerary via emails, phone calls and through Google+ or Skype calls.


Remember to read through our Terms and Service Agreement to know your responsibilities if you embark on this program.

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