An innovative educational leader, the university offers 80+ degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.


Johnson & Wales University is internationally renowned for its strength in experiential education, and for its active engagement in DECA. We attract hundreds of high school DECA students each year who are looking to continue their affiliation in college to further their professional development, build their résumés and deepen their leadership skills.

Internships are a core part of our education. It’s how many of our students find their first job. In 2020, more than 2,107 students interned at sites in 47 states and 28 countries. More than 2,502 on-campus interviews were conducted that same year. JWU Providence’s Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS) was honored as an exemplary career center in 2021 by the National Career Development Association.



As members of DECA, students may be eligible for an NSO scholarship ranging from $2,000 to full tuition.

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How Employees Can Engage with DECA

Johnson & Wales University is a strong supporter of DECA and encourages employees to become involved. Our staff and faculty serve as resources for students. For example, our marketing faculty advises National DECA. They also help coach students for regional and national competitions and serve as competition judges. The university also supports DECA by providing facilities for the state conference, as well as for leadership conferences.

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