Career Explorations

Explore Your Future

During the summer before your junior or senior year, explore a variety of careers in advertising and marketing, criminal justice, cyber intelligence, fashion, food innovation, health, hospitality, and STEAM.

Over the course of two days of academics, you’ll experience life at JWU’s Providence Campus — and discover the path to your future. During your Career Explorations visit, you will meet faculty, talk with current students and more!

You’ll stay on campus for three nights. The program includes housing, all meals, instructional materials, activities and on-campus transportation.

Advertising & Marketing Communications

Calling all writers, designers, media planners, data crunchers and more! Time to create buzzworthy ad copy and social media content. Learn to implement successful campaigns and strategies, armed with the skills and networking connections to become part of an integrated creative team.

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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Student presenting digital advertising data for a class project.

Criminal Justice

There’s so much more to criminal justice than what you see on TV. You’ll learn law enforcement best practices, discover crime scene analysis in our crime lab and crime scene room, and even consider the big picture of criminal justice and how it impacts political science, psychology and sociology. There’s no better way to explore your interest in this exciting and evolving field!

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense

Experiment with robotics, program with Python and practice information transmission, packet capture, analysis and cryptography with the pros. After all, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS) have designated JWU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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Two students in a Computer Science lab at JWU.

Fashion Merchandising & Retailing

There’s no doubt that fashion is fun, but it’s also a business. Learn what it takes to build a strong retail brand! You’ll learn about buying and selling fashion merchandise, how to forecast future trends in the industry, the visual strategies needed to display and sell merchandise effectively and the tools for advertising and promoting fashion.

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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Fashion Merchandising students assessing a retail store display.

Food Innovation & Technology

If you love exploring all the possibilities of food, grab your seat at the table for an unforgettable experience.

Sharpen your skills in the culinary labs and learn from our very own JWU chefs, who not only know how to teach the fine art of cooking but also have excelled in the industry.

You’ll also explore the impact you can make through food outside the kitchen, with experts leading the charge to change the food industry though education, sustainability and research.

Food can take you in so many directions! Get a better understanding of our programs including: baking & pastry arts; culinary arts; culinary nutrition; culinary science & product development; food & beverage entrepreneurship; food & beverage industry management; food innovation & technology; and sustainable food systems.

Dates: July 6-9 | July 13-16
Cost: $399

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Health

Nurture your desire to help your local and even global community. Through this immersive experience, you’ll explore how you can make a difference in the health of others through improving physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Explore multiple fields of study, including exercise and sports science; healthcare administration; public health; dietetics and applied nutrition; and psychology. These programs all work together to keep the community happy and healthy.

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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Career Explorations students in the Exercise Science lab.

Hospitality

JWU knows hospitality: Johnson & Wales University was recently ranked among the top 15 hospitality and hotel management schools in the world by CEOWORLD Magazine.

Explore local venues through site visits and tours, and consider the wide range of career options available within the industry: hotel manager, bed and breakfast owner, marketing promoter for a sports team, wedding or event planner, or account executive for an international hotel chain. Hospitality can take you anywhere!

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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JWU student working at a sports arena.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math)

Want something special to show for your time at JWU? How about a personalized project that you’ll craft from start to finish? You’ll start creating in the design studio and innovation lab, then enhance your model with basic electronics and microprocessors. Let your talent come alive!

Dates: July 20-23
Cost: $399

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Two students in lab coats with Professor Christos Dimos.

Registration Deadlines

  • July 6-9 Event (Food Innovation & Technology): Register by June 15
  • July 13-16 Event (Food Innovation & Technology): Register by June 22
  • July 20-23 Events (Advertising & Marketing, Criminal Justice, Cyber Threat, Fashion Merchandising, Health, Hospitality, STEAM): Register by June 29

Refunds & Cancellations

Registration cancellations should be sent in writing (by mail or email) to Admissions Events. A full refund will be given if the request is received at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. Confirmation of cancellations will be sent to the student’s email address provided to us in the registration.

The university reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the full program fee is refundable.

The university assumes no responsibility for any other expenses incurred due to cancellation of a program.

Contact Us

Contact us with any questions:

Phone: 800-342-5598 or 401-598-1000
Email: providence@admissions.jwu.edu

Mailing Address
Admissions Events
Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903


For Parents & Families: Planning Your Stay

The Career Explorations program and costs are for students only. For families wishing to stay nearby after dropping off their student, here are some recommendations for making overnight accommodations.

Note: JWU does not arrange family member hotel accommodations.

Courtyard Providence Downtown
32 Exchange Terrace, Memorial Blvd.
Providence, RI

Graduate Providence
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI

Hampton Inn and Suites
58 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI

Hilton Providence
21 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI

Homewood Suites by Hilton
5 Exchange Street
Providence, RI

Hotel Providence
139 Mathewson Street
Providence, RI
Enter Group/Promo Code JWU20 for discounted rate

Omni Providence Hotel
1 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI

Renaissance Providence
5 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI

Residence Inn
100 Sabin Street
Providence, RI