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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 nourishes and inspires the Purdue Community.




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.

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Jumpstart is an early arrival student employment program for undergraduate students. You’ll train in specific job task, learn how to balance work and classes, get to know campus, and make new friends. 

Participating undergraduates come to campus five days before Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) to begin your employment orientation and move into your residence halls. You’ll even be eligible to get a refund on BGR fees if you work the required number of shifts through BGR and work until Sept. 16. Purdue Dining & Culinary will pay the early arrival cost, provides meals every shift and will help you move in!

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But don’t take our word for it. Here is what our students had to say about the experience:

“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  

“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


Full/Part-Time Careers

Looking for more than your average food service job? 

From cook to dishwasher to catering, 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 six locations. The Central Production kitchen produces grab-and-go items and delivers food to other units.

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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