Students will manage two new Saxbys cafes on Oakland campus

Woman pouring coffee

Cathedral Coffee and Cup and Chaucer in Hillman Library will have new looks and new student-run management starting this fall.

Saxbys, based in Philadelphia, will partner with Pitt’s College of Business Administration to employ two undergraduate business students each semester as Student Cafe Executive Officers. The students will run and manage all aspects of their cafe including team development, community outreach initiatives and cafe financial reports.

The Pitt cafes — the first Saxbys in the Pittsburgh area — are part of the coffee company’s Experiential Learning Program, which provides undergraduates with entrepreneurial opportunities as a supplement to traditional classroom learning. The program started at Philadelphia’s Drexel University in 2015 and has expanded to Penn State, Temple, La Salle, Millersville, West Chester and St. Joseph’s universities in Pennsylvania, and Bowie State University in Maryland.

The cafe’s managers, who all will be Pitt students, will earn competitive wages, bonus opportunities and a full semester of college credit.

The cafe executives and their leadership teams also will receive career coaching from Saxbys’ corporate team including job interview training, assistance in developing their resume and LinkedIn profile, as well as job placement services.

“The Saxbys’ partnership is a great way to enable students to put what they learn in classrooms into practice in an integrative context,” Arjang A. Assad, dean of the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, said in a news release. “The two Pitt Business (Student Cafe Executive Officers) will work together with their peers from various majors to develop skills and promote teamwork to help them succeed in the future.”

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Cathedral Coffee stand