Monthly Archives: August 2013


I mentioned earlier, that Mount Nittany Medical center and other hospitals occasionally have paid positions in their dietary departments.  I was recently contacted by Danielle Michael, MS, RD, LDN, the Guest Services Manager at Mt. Nittany in the Nutrition & … Continue reading

Get involved! Join SNA.

Get involved! Join SNA.

Hello Fellow Penn Staters! As you read in the last blog entry there are many ways to get involved in nutrition including Research, Clinical and Food Service avenues. There is also another way to become involved in nutrition on campus. You can do this by joining the Student Nutrition Association (SNA). The goals of SNA are to help nutrition majors at Penn State obtain professional development skills, become involved in community service activities involving nutrition, make friends more easily within the major and HAVE FUN!

This year we will be having a few speakers during meetings talk about strategies for getting an internship, career options, emphases and much more. We will also be heavily involved in THON and will go on all 3 canning trips. SNA also has a mentoring program for younger students to ask upper class-men questions about the major and college life in general. Also, we potentially have an event in October about food and sustainable eating. There will be many community service and social events throughout the year which will be gratifying as well as really fun!

SNA is really easy to join too! All you have to do is go to the Involvement Fair on Monday August 26th or Tuesday August 27th, find our table and sign up to be on the listserv. Once you are on the listserv you will get all the important emails about what is going on with the club.

Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7:00pm in 10 Henderson (downstairs on the HUB side of the building). Hope to see you there!

Katie Bridgens,
President, Student Nutrition Association

Gaining Relevant Experience in Nutrition (part 1)

There are many opportunities to gain experience related to your career goals in nutrition.  This week and next, I’ll be posting some suggestions to help you gain experience in your field.

Do you have an interest in research?  Review the research interests of our nutrition faculty by visiting the Nutritional Science web site. Talk with your instructors in nutrition and other related fields.  Each faculty with research interests lists recent publications and areas of emphasis on their departmental web site.  If this research excites you too, contact them or their lab manager.  Send your resume and explain what interests you about their research. Reading about the various projects prior to contacting faculty will show your inquiries are genuine.  The College of Health and Human Development has several Research Centers. Learn about what they do by visiting the college web site at

Clinical and Food Service nutrition experiences are frequently available in hospitals and nursing homes in the area.  Mount Nittany Medical Center and HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital have volunteer opportunities for students. Paid positions in the Dietary departments are occasionally available.  There are many nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living or independent living facilities in the area that often need part-time employees or volunteers to work in their dietary departments. The Fairways at Brookline Village is currently in need of Part-time dietary aides beginning immediately.  Anyone interested is encouraged to send a resume or complete an application, which can be printed from their web site or picked up at The Fairways at Brookline.

Next week I’ll discuss ways to gain experience in community/public health nutrition, food service management and general leadership opportunities.