Monthly Archives: September 2014

Technical difficulties with phone appointment scheduling today

The University is experiencing network issues that are affecting phone service today, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. If you call the department to schedule an appointment with Brenda Eissenstat or Shawnee Kelly, please be aware that the calls may cut in and out or drop unexpectedly. Please stop by the Nutritional Sciences Main Office, 110 Chandlee Lab, to schedule an appointment until further notice.

The department apologizes for the inconvenience. This is beyond our control and the problem is being worked on by the Network Operations Center. We will post an update when the problem is corrected.

Using LinkedIn for Job or Internship Searching!

Many of you are probably thinking about searching for jobs or internships in the near future. As you may have heard, the majority of jobs and internships are found through networking.  If you haven’t already considered joining LinkedIn, you should! It’s a great tool to use to market yourself as a young professional and network with potential employers for future jobs and internships.

LinkedIn provides a number of great resources, such as videos and tip sheets, to help students like yourself get started. The following resources are recommended to help you get started:

LinkedIn Profile Checklist

Using LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship

How to Network on LinkedIn

Once you get started, remember to log in frequently and make as many connections as possible. Don’t forget about your professors, alumni, peers, and even family friends that you find. A networking connection can start anywhere, and often in the most surprising way. Use LinkedIn to search for companies like food corporations or healthcare organizations in which you might like to work someday. Learn more and connect with people that work for these companies!

Always make sure to use a professional looking photo in your profile. You can use your cell phone to take the photo, but avoid a “selfie”! Rather, have someone take the photo for you in front of a plain background. Make sure to wear professional looking attire and a smile!

Some suggested LinkedIn groups to join:
Penn State Nutritional Sciences, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and The Penn State Alumni

Good luck!

Advanced Field Experience in Nutrition (NUTR 495): Kristen Allen posts about her summer experience!

This summer I was given two amazing opportunities to further my education and gain experience alongside Registered Dietitians in different fields. While searching for internships in NUTR 391, the dietitian I first spoke with was unable to provide me with all 300 hours, however I was still very interested in her position. To make this work, I decided to split my hours between two different sites. I was put in touch with one of my preceptors via a networking connection of Mrs. Kelly, while I found my other preceptor through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member archive. I cannot explain how thrilled I am to have completed two internships- I ended up with two very different experiences that will follow me into my professional career.

My first 150 hours were spent at the Hollidaysburg Area School District with their food services director, a Registered Dietitian who oversees the National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, and Summer Lunch Program. This position required a strong knowledge of community nutrition and nutrition education, as well as skills In hospitality management and business. This field was challenging but rewarding, and it was great to see a dietitian to have a voice in the health of kids in schools.

I spent the second half of my summer at the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, a continuing care facility that provides independent living, personal care, long-term care, and rehabilitation for elderly individuals. This highly clinical position differed greatly from my first internship as it very directly applied nutrition assessment and higher-level nutrition classes. In this setting, I was able to assist my preceptor with specialized diets, food preference interviews, and monitor patients’ intakes and weight status. It was awesome to work with the clinical team, interdisciplinary staff, and families of residents to provide the best possible patient care in every case.

My Advanced Field Experience in Nutrition was more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. I was able to gain understanding of two very different fields and discover my strengths as well as areas I intend to focus on for improvement. More than anything else, however, I learned what I do and do not like about different career paths. My best advice for students entering into this field experience is to keep an open mind about different sites- you may be surprised where you have strong interests!

Written by: Kristen Allen

Part-time Dietary Aide needed at Brookline in State College

Connie Kerstetter, the Dietary Manger at Brookline, is currently looking for a part-time dietary aide for the Inn, Willows, and Pines buildings. She is looking for someone who can do every other weekend primarily. It is great experience and pays 11$ an hour. Applications can be filled out at The Fairways.
Contact info:
Juniper Village at Brookline
1930 Cliffside Drive
State College, PA, 16801
Phone: 814-238-3193

Advanced Field Experience in Nutrition (NUTR 495): Samantha Koterwas posts about her summer experience!

This summer I was able to complete an unforgettable nutrition field experience with Wellness Corporate Solutions in Bethesda, Maryland. I was able to find this experience through an email sent by Dr. Coleman-Kelly and after a relaxed phone interview with the company. As an intern, I worked along side their motivated wellness coaches; both registered dietitians and proud Penn State alumni. These coaches work with companies across America to improve mental and physical health by motivating their employees to make lifestyle changes.

In the beautiful city of Bethesda, it certainly didn’t feel as though I was commuting 2 hours to “work”. WCS pushed the limits to change just how stimulating the work setting can be. I was provided with my own sit-stand desk, yoga and meditation breaks, daily walks, and even the “mid-day headstand” to get my mind moving again. It was great to be apart of a company who practices what they preach in every way possible.

During my 300 hours, I was kept busy and given any and every opportunity available. Many of which highlighted my interests in creative writing and fitness outside the realm of nutrition. I authored weekly blog posts, online webinars, newsletter articles, and seminar presentations. I am now able to proudly display these work-samples in my growing nutrition portfolio. I was also able to attend exciting health fairs, overnight biometric screenings, onsite fitness classes, and observe daily coaching calls. These experiences gave me hands on opportunities to interact with clients and develop my formal communication skills.

My favorite aspect of my experience was my preceptor’s willingness to challenge me. She was able to recognize areas I felt less confident, and encouraged me to become more assertive in my expertise as an upcoming nutrition professional. It was certainly bittersweet to complete my final hours as a WCS intern, but I am looking forward to using these experiences in my future nutrition endeavors.

Written by:

Samantha Koterwas


US Military Graduate Program in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship

If you are a Junior or Senior in the Dietetics option and have an interest in getting your graduate degree and doing your Dietetic Internship through the US Military, I encourage you to look at the US Military Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at Baylor University.

General Information:

  • The program accepts 10 students
  • It is a paid internship
  • Application deadline is December 1, 2014
  • A 4-6 month lead time is highly recommended for applying to the program

Additional Resources:

  • Graduate Program in Nutrition (GPN) webpage:  This site provides information on the curriculum, applying to the program, what graduates think of the program and more!
  • Facebook page:  This site will provide a snapshot experience of what it is like to attend the GPN /US Military Dietetic Internship Program. Preview the GPN video and feel free to join the lively discussion on current research/topics/events, fabulous recipes, and challenging fitness workouts.

Application process: the first step is to contact a recruiter

The Army Recruiting Mission is divided by geography and mission.  Applicants should specifically seek out an SP healthcare recruiter.  (Once commissioned as officers, Army dietitians are assigned to the Army Medical Specialist or SP Corps.)  These recruiters are most familiar with the Army Medical Department and the U.S. Military-Baylor Master’s Program in Nutrition.  An applicant should contact the recruiter assigned to their local area, as described below.   Recruiters can also be accessed through  Specifically seek out an SP healthcare recruiter when contacting this site

 Army- Northeast Region is served by 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion.  The SP Healthcare Recruiter is CPT Yaoyao Zhu  This battalion serves the following areas: CT, DE, MA, ME, MD, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV, Washington DC, and also Americans living in Germany.

CPT Yaoyao Zhu, DScOT, OTR/L, SP          SSG Tamika S. Wright
1st Medical Recruiting Battalion                                
Cell: (443)-694-9097                                     (443) 306-9964 (local cell/ text)
Office: (410)-379-2055                                 (410) 379- 2055

Speak with a Current Student or Graduate?  Note we have a recent Penn State grad who just started the program.

Graduates and current students love to talk with interested candidates about our program.  Contact LTC Leslie Moskowitz (see contact below) if you are interested in speaking with a GPN student. (preferred) or  

Please indicate GPN Military Internship in subject line.

484-725-0754 (Call or text)


“How to Apply to Medical Schools” – Tonight 7:30 PM

AED Speaker 9/16, 7:30pm, 273 Willard, Dr. Ron Markle speaking on applying to Medical School. Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. The society welcomes ALL students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. Dr. Ron Markle will be speaking about medical school, including how to apply, how to be a competitive applicant, timeline to application, and other FAQs. All are welcome. For more information on how to join AED or get added to their listserv, go to:
AED welcomes students from a wide variety of majors interested in all types of health care professions – allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, and various allied health services.


Fall Career Fair September 16-18, 2014

Nutrition students are often uncertain about the benefit of attending the Career Fairs sponsored each semester. If you are interested in a Dietetic Internship or summer experience in a hospital, you are not likely to find representatives at these fairs. But, if you are looking for jobs in a pharmaceutical, food manufacturer or marketing environment, health care services and administration, or social and human services, the non-technical career day, September 16, may have many opportunities. Students looking for summer internship or Co-op experiences in similar areas can attend the fair on September 17th. Basic science students will find interesting opportunities on the Technical careers day on September 18th. Students do find employers that value the applied and basic science background provided in the nutrition degree. The Fall Career Fair begins next week. This week, workshops are being conducted to help you prepare for the experience. Visit the Career Fairs web site for more information.

Two Fellowship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors: HS Science Teaching and Research

Seniors, There are two fellowship opportunities you might be interested in applying for.  The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, and the Dannon Probiotics Fellowship.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships, a pioneering program that prepares outstanding teachers for the schools that need them most.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, now offered in Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey, recruits current seniors, recent grads, and alumni with backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to teach in high-need secondary schools. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree program that includes a full school year of experience in local high-need classrooms. In turn, they commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. They also get mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools throughout their three-year commitment.  This is a highly competitive program, but Penn State Students are very competitive! The 2015 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program offers three application deadlines: October 13, 2014 (Round 1); November 14, 2014 (Round 2); and January 31, 2015 (Round 3). You can learn more at


The Dannon Company just announced its third Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program. As part of their commitment to helping students excel in science, The Dannon Company is offering a scholarship of $25,000 to a current or incoming graduate student who shows a strong interest in the research of nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics. To qualify for the Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program, individuals must be currently enrolled in or applying to a full-time graduate program. More information can be found here:

Scholarship applications are now being accepted, and must be submitted by November 15, 2014 to qualify. The winning applicant will be determined by a panel of expert judges and announced in December 2014. For additional information, qualification requirements, and to download a copy of the application, please click here:

Info sessions for Global Health Minor starting this week

If you are looking for an interesting minor that would combine Nutrition with Global Health issues, you will probably find the Global Health Minor very exciting.  Courses for the minor can be used as supporting courses in the Nutrition major.  Information sessions will be held fairly frequently, but are starting tomorrow evening, Wednesday Sept 10, 7-8pm in 110 Henderson.  Other dates will occur later in the semester.  See the attached flyer for additional information.