A friend recently asked me if I had any advice for her about procuring a dietetic internship. I thought this would be a great blog topic. There are many things to know and be aware of when trying to land an internship of any kind, and dietetics is no different, and is just as difficult. Roughly only about 50% of students land one, so obviously your chances are 50-50. How do you get one of these prize, coveted spots? What does it take? I am absolutely no expert on the topic, but I did end up miraculously landing one, so I will tell you what I focused on and maybe it will help you.
1. Volunteer: Internships and graduate schools love to see philanthropic work on your resume. And I am not talking about working in a soup kitchen for a day. Regular, steady volunteer work looks great on your resume. Make sure the work has something to do with dietetics, like Project Angel Food, Meals on Wheels, volunteering in an outpatient dietitian’s practice. Get real-world unpaid experience and you will stand out from the crowd.