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Careers at Purdue Dining & Culinary

Are you ready to make a difference in a job that can help you grow as a leader while providing you real world experience and a flexible schedule? Join the team that's fueling the future and building community, where everyone has a seat at the table.




Looking for a paycheck, real-world work experience, and a flexible schedule that fits your busy life? Purdue Dining & Culinary offers students all of these things and more, boosting your bank account while giving you valuable experience that employers are looking for after graduation.

Earn a paycheck without having to leave campus     

Decide how many working hours are comfortable for you

Opportunities for advancement

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Jumpstart is a student employment program for undergraduate students that takes place before Boiler Gold Rush. Accepted students will move in seven days prior to BGR to begin the Jumpstart program. Students receive tips from mentors on how to balance work and classes, get to know our campus, make new friends, and learn how to do their job within Purdue Dining & Culinary!

Participating students will be eligible to receive a refund on BGR fees if they work five shifts during BGR and continue working until September 15th. Purdue Dining & Culinary will pay the early arrival cost, provide meals every shift and help you move in!

Jumpstart is a fantastic experience for anyone considering student employment at Purdue, but don't take our word for it! Read what our students have said about the experience:

Student employee group photo of all Jumpstart participants.“I was nervous to start school, and nervous to make friends. Jumpstart was a great way to ease the anxiety about going to college. Moving in was so nice and peaceful. My mentors were super nice and helpful. They answered all the questions I had, not only about the job, but about school as well. Making friends was easy with JumpStart, too. I still hang out with some members of my group, and I get along with all the rest. It’s nice to see friendly faces when starting school. It was also an easy way to ease into the new job. We trained a little bit at a time and got experience and time to bond with the people we would be working with. I really liked Jumpstart.”

Lilly Crone, Windsor Dining Court  


Dining & Culinary employees playing games in a recreation room.“Jumpstart is truly worth it. You get work experience, so you’ll be ahead of everyone else. Your BGR gets paid for if you work a shift every day, which wasn’t too bad. And you meet new people and make great friends. Not to mention the mentors are wonderful people and will help you with anything you need to know. Finally, moving in was super easy, as not as many people were there trying to move in all at once like during BGR. All in all, it helped me make friends, learn how to do my job better, and give me an extra week to figure out the campus.”

Kassandra Julian, Wiley Dining Court 


“Jumpstart was a great experience. Finding all my classes and learning about Purdue before everyone else was on campus made it easier to get accustomed to college life. You also get to interact with a fun and caring community during Jumpstart. I’ve made a lot of friends during Jumpstart and it made working during BGR enjoyable. I would 100% recommend it to those looking to work during college while staying social.”

Riley Noggle, Lawson On-The-Go 

Applications open in June. If you have any questions, please email us at

Full/Part-Time Careers

Looking for more than your average food service job? 

From cook to dishwasher, the opportunities available across our units are as diverse as our work force. Purdue Dining & Culinary can offer you a great job fit and room to grow in your career path.

  • Development & Advancement Opportunities
  • Heath Insurance & Tuition Reduction
  • Paid Time Off & 10 Vacation Days in Your First Year

Full-time and part-time, positions with benefits are available in many units. Hourly positions include production coordinators, grill cooks, bakers, prep cooks, team leads, clerks, drivers, warehouse and customer service associates. 

Our dining court team provides the taste and feeling of home for student residents in five locations. Our quick bite and on-the-go locations provide quick options for students who don't have time to stop and sit down for a meal.

Working behind the scenes to keep Purdue Dining & Culinary running smoothly, the Central Culinary and Strategic Support team manage purchasing functions, deliver food across campus, and support our menu management software. 

Leading these teams in salaried positions, are supervisors, executive sous chefs, supervisors, purchasing agents, managers and administrators.

Ready to apply? Of course you are! Click on the button below to view available positions. 

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