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Dietetic Internship: Month 1

on September 27, 2013

It’s so hard to believe that I’m already one month into my dietetic internship.
Whatever that even means. I mean, come on…what IS a dietetic internship? It’s like, you graduate college and then move on to this year-or-so-long program which is basically round two of college. Because when we graduate with Bachelor’s degrees in Nutrition/Dietetics they don’t trust us enough to give us jobs right away? And this is only IF you’re lucky enough to match to an internship in the first place.

Alright, I sound very ungrateful right now. In all honestly, I’m talking about it all in the name of fun because I am truly thankful to be part of the amazing program that I’m in. However, I do think the process of becoming an RD is much more uptight, stressful, and regimented than it needs to be. Then again, who am I to say? My thoughts will only matter years down the road if I become president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or something. That’s the plan, so stay tuned. I’ll let you know how it goes.

But with all that being said, I’ve had a whirlwind of new experiences so far just in the first month and I’ve enjoyed it so much! My undergraduate teachers always said “Your internship is what you make it” and “Never turn down any opportunities to volunteer or get involved during your internship no matter how busy you already are…you may never get the chance to do something like that again.” I have really taken their bits of advice to heart and have been jumping at every chance to try something new, even if my schedule hasn’t been happy with me.

So what have I been doing so far? My first rotation has been at an NHC facility in town in the foodservice department. Foodservice is not my favorite area of nutrition (actually it’s my LEAST favorite) and I thought I would never survive these four weeks, but all in all I have loved my time there and made some great friends in the Dietary department. Tomorrow is my last day and I’m truly sad to say goodbye. As far as work goes, I’ve done some management-related projects, such as catering a meeting, calculating food costs and expense reports, creating the schedule, and conducting a mock interview. In addition to that…I’ve done a lot of dishes, made a lot of drinks for patients’ trays, rotated a lot of stock, worn lots of hairnets, and rolled a lot of silverware…LOTS AND LOTS of silverware. I am confident that I am now the best silverware-roller in America. Do you get my point?

Aside from being at NHC, I’ve been able to do some volunteering in the community, which I have really loved. I taught a nutrition lesson to a Girl Scout troop and co-manned a healthy snack booth at a kids’ health fair – both great days!

Month 1 in pictures…

Here are the six 2013-2014 NHC interns on our very first day! (I am second from the right in the blue shirt)
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We participated in the Rutherford County Walk to End Alzheimer’s
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My catering project at NHC was a success!
Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Salad Bar
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Brought hairnets back in style…or something like that…
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Two other interns and I spent hours on a food and labor costing project
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And I made “Your Plate” collages with a Girl Scout troop! So fun!
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There we have it, Month 1 in a nutshell.

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