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What I’m Up to For the Next 10 Weeks

Morning, everyone!

I’m going to hold off on my Healthy Living Summit recaps for another day to share a little bit about what I’m up to for my final dietetic internship, which starts this morning! For those who are new readers, I’ve been working on a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill; I finished the 2 years of in-person coursework in May, moved back to DC, and spent the summer doing my second internship, which was our clinical hospital internship. (Last summer was our first dietetic internship — our community/public health rotation — click on the link to read more about it!)

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Picture from last summer’s internship

And now, I’m getting ready to start my final internship! Unlike most of the RD masters programs, UNC’s program is coordinated, which means you do the internships in tandem with coursework and they help set them up for you. There’s no matching process; you just work with your advisor at UNC to set up your internships. Last summer, they had a set list of places we could intern and they assigned us based on preferences; this summer, for the hospital, they have a bunch of hospitals in NC that they usually work with but will help you to find one out of state if you would rather, hence me being in DC.

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This final internship this fall is our capstone experience and it’s really supposed to let us focus in more on what our real interests are; some of my classmates will be continuing with hospital internships, some will be doing another public health/community internship similar to last summer, etc. It’s up to us!

For my final internship, I decided it made sense to work with private practice RD’s who also have a social media/media presence, as this is along the lines of what I want to eventually have going in the future. Luckily for me, I’d met a number of RD’s like this already through my blog! The internship is 10 weeks and most people do it all at one place, but I decided to do 3 different mini-internships to give myself exposure to as many different styles of practice as possible. So here’s what I’m doing!

  • Today (August 20) — September 14 (4 weeks total) — interning with Rebecca Scritchfield, a DC-based RD who has a private practice and does a lot with social media as well as media. Rebecca and I first met at the Healthy Living Summit, actually, back in 2010! We’ve kept in touch via Twitter since; I’m excited to see how she’s gotten to where she is today. I’ll be doing a lot of client observation and helping with client assessments, helping with some of her media appearances, learning how she runs her own private practice, etc. Should be fun!
  • September 17 — October 9 (3.5 weeks total) — interning with Corporate Wellness Solutions, a corporate wellness company where my friend Heather works! I figured it would be interesting to do something a little different and corporate wellness is certainly increasing in demand over the years. This company is also supposed to be very fun to work for (think standing desks, yoga breaks, and healthy food).
  • Take a little bit of time off to get MARRIED!!! Our wedding is October 13. Exciting! Taking a break for the wedding worked out perfectly with doing the three different sites. We’re waiting to go on our real honeymoon until December when things are less crazy, but are planning to go away for a night or two for a “mini moon” the week after the wedding.
  • October 22 — November 9 (2.5 weeks total) — interning with Danielle Omar, another DC-area based RD with a private practice as well as a great social media/blog presence. We know each other through Twitter and have exchanged some emails over the years; she works from home and has said we can basically spend the 2.5 weeks filling in the blanks from the other internships — e.g. working on anything I feel like I still need to refine/learn.

Whew! During the 10 weeks of this internship experience, we also are enrolled in a class at UNC and will have various assignments related to it to complete (this was the same over the summer; we had to do a case study, present a journal club, do a quality improvement project, etc. at the hospital). AND… we’ll be writing our masters papers, which we’ll be going down to present in person at UNC on November 28, 29, and 30. On November 30, we are officially DONE! If we want, we can come back for real graduation in December, but we’ll have a little celebration with our department and the school of public health on the 30th.

Off to work I go. Unfortunately I seem to have run myself a bit ragged and now have a bad cold/cough; here’s hoping it goes away soon!

Have a great Monday, friends!

Comments

  1. 1

    Congratulations girl! I know how hard you’ve worked this past year and I am so confident it will all pay off for you so soon. It was so great to see you again this weekend.

  2. 3

    How exciting! It’s going to be very interesting to hear about what you learn at each place and how that will translate to your own career. Best of luck!!

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    I definitely want to hear more about all three of the internships! I agree that there’s definitely a higher demand for corporate wellness now than there was 5-10 years ago. Good luck on your first day! Great seeing you yesterday!

  4. 5

    What a fabulous opportunity!! And so glad you’re able to take wedding time off!

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    Claire P. says:

    Wow! That will be a lot of great learning and congrats again on getting married soon!

    I have a request, not sure if you could cover this, but it seems that since you have been doing a lot of research to pick out your internships some of that may carry over to picking a nutritionist to go to. I am in the Atlanta area and I would like to go to a nutritionist to get my eating/nutrition in balance with my active lifestyle and able to get to and maintain a healthy weight. Do you have any tips for what I should look for in qualifications, experience, initials after the name? So much information and any light you can shed on this would be helpful! Thanks!

    Love your blog!

    • 7

      Just be sure that the person is a Registered Dietitian (RD) vs. just a “nutritionist” – that term basically means nothing. :) Good luck!

  6. 8

    Anne, it was great meeting you this weekend at HLS! Good luck with all of these exciting upcoming opportunities! I give you major props for doing all this in the midst of wedding planning! But December seems like the perfect time for a much-needed relaxation time. Congrats to you!

  7. 10

    It sounds like this semester of interning is going to be quite an experience!Hope your first day goes great!

  8. 11

    Looks like an amazing (and packed!) 10 weeks. I’m looking forward to following along:-).

  9. 12

    Good luck on your first day. You are really going to be a busy woman between now and the end of the year. Looking forward to more updates

  10. 13

    as a fellow gillings’ masters student, i love how you took ownership of your internship and made it work for you. i look forward to hearing what you learned and if you thought the 3-4 week timeframe was enough to be beneficial (i’m sure it will be- it is what you make of it- but there is always that tradeoff between a longer internship and variety).

    • 14

      Yeah I definitely considered the longer vs. shorter internships but I think with the type of internship I’m doing, it will be more beneficial to see a few different styles/approaches vs. one long internship with one person!

  11. 15

    I took a Nutrition class Danielle Omar taught at NOVA for fun a few years ago! She’s great!

  12. 16

    Great that the setup allows you to take time of for the wedding!

  13. 17

    This sounds like such a fun internship experience! I love the idea of combining the RD and social media aspects!

    And random side note, my parents were married on October 13 and have been going strong for over 30 years, so it’s a good date! :-)

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    Rebecca Scritchfield is known to follow a Health at Every Size approach. Let us know what you think of this…how it seems congruent or incongruent with your studies at UNC. You have an exciting ten weeks ahead of you, complete with your wedding! Congrats.

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    I hope you feel better soon, Anne! I just came back from orientation and am feeling very overwhelmed as it turns out I’ll be teaching 3 labs along with 3 classes. I wish our program is coordinated also. But your program really sounds amazing! Love the addition of public health..think I will find it really interesting!
    And your last rotations sounds like so much fun, Anne! Good luck and I’m sure you’ll finish strong! The end is soo near! Must be so exciting!

  16. 22

    So exciting, it’s almost over!!! Good luck over the next 10 weeks :)

  17. 23

    That sounds like such a fun and fitting way to do your last internship!! I’m curious about that Wellness Solutions place you will be working at.. sounds interesting!!

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    Adventurer says:

    Sounds like three great internships lined up, Anne. Very well done. And the schedule even allows for the wedding. Nicely synchronized!

    Really looking forward to hearing about each of the interships. Again, well done!

  19. 25

    Your internships sound like so much fun! I bet you will have a blast. Good luck!!

  20. 26

    OMG I love that you are punching numbers on a calculator in your lab coat picture :) I follow Rebecca on twitter and she contributes to our sports nutrition listserv quite regularly, so it is AWESOME that you get to work with her!

  21. 28

    So excited for all of your new professional endeavors!

  22. 29

    Hello Anne!! This looks and sounds amazing!! A goal of mine is to go back to school through a masters in nutrition program to become an RD in the near future. I will peek around on your blog for more info on you and your program (I am a new reader!) but I will most likely e emailing you some questions!! Sounds like a great program!

  23. 31

    Anne, those sound like some great internship opps! I follow Rebecca on twitter and sounds like Corporate Wellness Solutions will be good too, especially since Heather works there! It’s fun to read about what you’re up to. I’ll be starting my pre-reqs in Sept for hopefully a MPH or MPH/RD degree program. Hard to imagine I’m still 3+ years away from what you’re doing, but if I love the line of work, I know it will be worth the work. At this point it seems more satisfying than my desk job anyway. :)

  24. 33

    What a small world! The company I work for does a lot of work with Wellness Corporate Solutions – it’s a great and growing company!

  25. 35

    I took an Introduction to Nutrition class with Danielle and she is part of the reason I went back to school to become an RD! What an amazing opportunity you have to follow these RD’s with such a social media presence. Jealous ;) Enjoy!

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