I started my internship with my management rotations clinical nutrition management, patient services, and foodservice management. My CNM on site has been amazing. She knew I was not from the area and she made me feel at home. I have been lucky that she has shared her knowledge and experiences with me. I have also completed half of my community rotation. I was fortunate enough not to have to find my own community sites. One of the unique aspects of my internship is that I will complete all of my supervised hours at one site.
I have gotten to be a part of projects from start to finish which would not have happened if I was only there for a few weeks. One experience I enjoyed was during the holiday season. The TMH Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, which is a Feeding America partner, and Sodexo teamed up to host a food insecurity drive for colleagues. I was able to participate in all aspects of the event from the planning and execution of the four distribution days we had. I was able to be a part of a team that adapted to circumstances and changed events for the next time. This entire process was done over 6 weeks. I would not have been able to do that if I wasn’t at one site.
One of the most important things I have learned so far is to be adaptable. The internship, like life, isn’t always going to follow a straight path but the more flexible you are, the more you will learn from your experiences. I am lucky enough to have preceptors who have shared their knowledge, experience, and passion for dietetics. I feel lucky to have such a positive internship experience thus far and am excited to see what the future holds!