Program Summary


Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a popular luxurious resort and outdoor recreation destination known for its vibrant history as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood celebrities. The Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICo) offers a wide range of services and amenities on the island, including the Descanso Beach Club, Pavilion Hotel, Atwater Hotel and the Avalon Grille.
As a Culinary Management Trainee you will be exposed to all areas of Culinary Arts, as well as having the opportunity to move into a supervisory role during the year. This program really puts the emphasis on career development and is the perfect opportunity to develop your culinary career in a remarkable location. With a fully-sponsored program fee and free housing, this program really is the ideal opportunity!
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The Santa Catalina Island Company J-1 Intern and Training Program provides university students and young professionals with the opportunity to train in the United States for a period of up to 12 months. The program provides on-the-job training exposure in Culinary Arts plus Management, allowing you to explore and train in multiple areas within this role. 
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Participants on the Santa Catalina Island International program will be able to experience unique cultural exchange activities.  As part of your program the SCICo Team will schedule many employee outings during your program. From trips to nearby Los Angeles to visits to Disneyland Resort, the SCICo Team will ensure you experience the American culture through a mixture of activities that enhance your international experience.
Participants on this program will be required to obtain a J-1 Intern or Trainee visa through Yummy Jobs and will be able to train for a period of time as outlined by the Santa Catalina Island Company. Upon completion of the program, participants will have up to 30 days to travel within the United States. Participants must then return to their home country upon completion of the program.
SCICo’s expedition operator also boasts a menu of over 25 outdoor adventures designed to introduce visitors to the island’s rich history, wildlife and backcountry, including expeditions and tours such as the Zip Line Eco Tour, Eco Hummer Tour, Dolphin Quest, Sea Trek and many others. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing or relaxing on the beach. SCICo has operated most much of the island’s lodging, dining and tour options for over 118 years. For more information, please visit
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"What started as a 6-month internship ended as a 1-year adventure, paving the way to the next stage of my professional career. My time in California was so exciting and action-packed, that I decided to extend my program to learn even more. Catalina Island was truly a great learning environment, where I have made memories for a lifetime and gained hands-on business management experience. To all future Yummy's: Leave your preconceptions at home and arrive with an open mindset to make the absolute most out of your J1 experience! " - Alex, 2016/17 Intern

Housing for this program is provided by the Santa Catalina Island Company, you will be housed as well as sharing a room with fellow program participants in a fully furnished house or apartment complex.

Housing is free of charge for the entire program, this includes the wifi*.


*subject to change 


  • Applicants will be required to attend a pre-screen interview via video call with a member of the Yummy Jobs Team in order to be considered.​
  • If successful, applicants will be required to attend a final interview with the Santa Catalina Island company HR Team via video call.

​Please note, all dates are subject to change

Santa Catalina Island Company are fully sponsoring the Program Fee for this Program! Applicants will be required to pay a $250 USD non-refundable application fee + $30 USD bank wire transfer fee, payable upon acceptance onto the Program. Please visit our Program Costs page for further information.