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Student Opportunities



Students at the Culinary Institute of Charleston have many opportunities for involvement in the community. Externships allow students to practice techniques and skills learned in the classroom and gain the hands-on experience employers seek. The Hospitality and Culinary Student Association (HCSA) is a great way to get involved and make a difference. Special events, such as the College's Night in the Valley black tie fundraiser dinner for six hundred, give students a chance to show off their knowledge and make important contacts in the industry and community. 

Students taking the Farm to Plate culinary course make a three-day field trip to Asheville, North Carolina. There they tour the Biltmore Estate's farm and winery, learn how artisan chocolates are made at the French Broad Chocolate Company, watch the trout pulled from the runs at Sunburst Trout Farm, and experience locavore cuisine at The Corner Table. On the Study Abroad trip to Italy, students learn about Italian cuisine at the Apicius school in Florence and through many field trips around the rich countryside. More trips are just waiting to be taken.

Pictures of CIC community involvement and CIC trips can be found on Pinterest:


The Hospitality & Culinary Student Association (HCSA) is a student directed organization whose mission is to enrich the environment of those who are enrolled in the program of the Hospitality and Tourism and Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. HCSA performs many community-centered projects that enable our students to utilize their skills to give back to the community. Pictures of HCSA community involvement can be seen on the "Student Opportunities" board on the CIC Pinterest page.

HCSA Advisors:
Chef David Vagasky: 843.720.5607
Hospitality Instructor Lisa Buzzelli: 843.722.5548


Do you have on-campus housing?
TheCulinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College does not have on-campus housing, but there are many housing options in the area. Visit, and for apartments in the Charleston area.

Where can I stay while visiting the campus?
There are many lodging options. Visit Charleston Area Convention and Visitorís Bureau for a listing. You can choose to stay near the Palmer Campus and the historic Charleston area or very near the Main Campus at a number of new hotels.



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