Just when I thought I’d be an intern for the rest of my life, bam the last day of rotations comes and goes. Today marked my last day of my dietetic internship rotations — the last of the 1200 (unpaid) hours. Crazy how time flew by. Looking back, I think I my rotations provided me with a wide variety of experiences in many different settings.
- Academia (creating lunch & learns, writing grants, designing a new online nutrition course)
- Community (nutrition lessons & activities for elementary kids at summer camp)
- Acute care facilities (424-bed hospital, women & children’s hospital, 189-bed hospital, 70-bed rural hospital)
- Rehabilitation facilities (80-bed rehab hospital)
- Group homes (6-8 residents, rural setting)
- Clinics (wound clinic, weight loss clinic, feeding & swallowing clinic, cleft palate clinic, cystic fibrosis clinic)
- Community/Government programs (WIC nutrition counseling, grocery store tour, creating educational materials)
- Foodservice (test trays, line temperatures, creating & implementing a smoothie bar, catering events, university dining hall, hospital foodservice, safety audits, in-services)
- Sports nutrition (nutrition counseling sessions, presentations to athletes, body composition testing, creating meal plans)
- Professional development (local, state-wide, & national meetings & conferences; giving many presentations in classes, seminars, and bootcamp)
The experience has certainly taught me a lot about the different roles of a dietitian and all the possible opportunities that are out there for those in the field of nutrition. It’s going to be exciting to see where I end up in the next few years and beyond!