One of the great things about WVU’s GDI program is that all 11 of us are a very different group of people. We have interns that are interested in community nutrition, sports nutrition, geriatric nutrition, eating disorders, heart health, clinical nutrition (oncology, renal), home gardening, childhood obesity, social media, maternal & childhood nutrition, weight management, and nutrition research. We’ve had recent and current interns from Kenya, Louisiana, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Virginia, and West Virginia. After the completion of our masters & internship program, some of us are interested in entering the workforce as an RD and some of us are interested in earning a PhD. It’s really great to have such a diverse class of interns because when we each have our own niche, our own area of expertise and interest, we are able to learn about a wide variety of nutrition topics from each other. It really enhances everyone’s experience when we are able to both teach others about our area of interest and also learn about others interns’ areas of interest.
This week, Wendy Thompson and I got to put together a bulletin board in the hallway of the Agricultural Science building that shows off the interns’ hometowns, hobbies, nutrition interests, and career goals. It turned out pretty cool, and I hope it inspires the undergraduate dietetic students to think about what their particular nutrition interests are and how they can go about reaching their goals. Click on the images below to see larger versions.