Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dr. Barclay’s Camp – seeking dietitian volunteers

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes is seeking 3-4 student dietitian volunteers, preferably in their junior or senior year, for the week of Saturday, July 23rd – Saturday, July 30th.  The camp is located within Camp Fitch in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA). Student dietitians work with an interdisciplinary medical team while assisting campers with carbohydrate selections during meal time, passing AM. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, participating in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with the medical team, and creating and presenting an educational game on nutrition and diabetes.  Volunteers will stay at camp in “Mirto Lodge” for the entire week.  Room and board is provided free of charge.

Jenny Dang, Penn State graduate who volunteered at Camp Barclay for the past 2 years, wrote the following:

“I would recommend this experience to any student because it provided a thorough understanding of diabetes, beyond what is learned in the classroom. I am more confident with carbohydrate counting and diet exchanges, and I have been able to discuss this experience in job interviews personal statements for the DI.

If you are a junior, it is definitely possible to complete the summer field experience and field experience proposal. The other volunteers and I were all able to request time off from our preceptors. I loved helping at the camp because the medical staff was incredibly supportive and wanted us to have a hands-on experience as well as free time to participate in the camp activities like paddle boarding, horseback riding, and zip lining.”

To help us select students that would best be suited for this opportunity, please provide the following by March 31st via email or regular mail. 1.  A copy of your resume. 2.  A statement explaining why this experience would be valuable to you or how you are suited for it. 3.  A copy of your “advising transcript”. Email to Darlene at and Renee at, or send by regular mail:  Renee Slabic, RD, LDN 9570 Tileyard Rd.Waterford, PA  16441

Selection for this volunteer opportunity will be made by April 30.

Please contact Darlene Przybyszewski at or Jenny Dang at with any questions.


Study Abroad – Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems Program

If you are interested in a study abroad program, this one is very relevant for nutrition students.  This is a semester long experience in Florence, Italy.  See the attached brochure for additional information. SFESP Brochure Fall 2016

Your advisor can help determine if credits from this program might be applicable to your nutrition degree.

Nutrition Intern Experience at Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp

The co-directors of the Nutrition for Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp (KDKC), Alexis Newman and Brittany Knick, are inviting applications for camp counselors at KDKC.  KDKC is a camp where children with type 1 diabetes between the ages 7 – 16 can come to have fun, meet other kids with diabetes and experience camp. It will be held at the Camp Victory facility, located in central Pennsylvania from June 18– 24, 2016.

We are looking  for motivated,self-starting, energetic students with an interest and a desire to learn about in Type 1 Diabetes management, pediatrics, and adolescence. Who would also, like to have a volunteer experience as a  nutrition intern at KDKC.

A nutrition intern would be responsible for creating a nutrition and diabetes focused lesson, determining the carbohydrate count of meals and snacks, helping the campers to count their carbohydrates during the meal/snack times, and supervising campers throughout the day at various activities. If you are interested in having this experience, please click the link below and fill out the attached application.

Community Engagement Internship 2016 -Penn State Center Engaging Philadelphia

Community Engagement Internship 2016 -Penn State Center Engaging Philadelphia

The Penn State Center connects Penn State researchers, educators and students with opportunities to collaborate with Philadelphia’s communities to apply their expertise and address urban challenges. Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, The Center is currently host to the College of Agricultural Sciences, The College of Arts and Architecture, and Penn State Outreach.

The City of Philadelphia is home to a flourishing and diverse variety of community-based non-profit organizations whose work is to improve the lives of all Philadelphians. Many of these organizations have Penn State Center partners. These organizations not only promote healthy living practices within under-served populations, but also help to form other connections to bridge the gap between healthy lifestyles and healthy environments. Our overarching goal at the Center is to support healthy living for all Philadelphian both on an individual level as well as a holistic, environmental level. We do this by leveraging the strength of Penn State University in the most effective way we can: by partnering with other organizations that are providing similar support.

Over the years, we have developed a unique internship opportunity for our undergraduate students. Students who choose to join us for the summer have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks becoming immersed into our wonderful city and gain experiences that otherwise would not be afforded them. These students spend 3 days a week with one of our partner organizations, both helping with daily tasks as needed and imprinting their own mark based on their major at Penn State. The other two days are then spent working together at the Penn State Center to support initiatives that will help direct our future services to Philadelphia communities.

Areas of student interest for Internship: Urban Agriculture, Food Policy, Nutrition Education, Civic Engagement, Social Media/Public Health Communication, Food Distribution, Policy, Small Agriculture Business/Marketing, Community Development, Environmental Water Management, Environmental Education, Tourism Site Management, Youth Leadership Development, Horticultural Education, Business planning for non-profits.

  • Duration – 10 Weeks (May 31 – August 5)
  • Payment – Wage Payroll Position – $10.00 per hour
  • Hours – 40 hours per week
  • Placement – 3 days partner site/2 days PSU Center

Due to the broad range in internship opportunities, the responsibilities may relate to the points below, but also may vary depending on individual site selection:

  • Develop nutrition education programs which link urban farms to the communities they serve.
  • Assist in management of urban farm: Bed preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and other daily farm-related tasks.
  • Assist with operations of CSA program including: boxing shares, distribution and weekly/seasonal marketing efforts.
  • Assist in weekly market stands.
  • Lead tours for local community members, schools and other organizations as needed.
    Provide training of seasonal, part-time and volunteer personnel who will be working at your site.
  • Assist Penn State Center staff in addressing current and future opportunities for reaching communities with assistance we can provide.
  • Represent Penn State University to communities in a positive helpful light.

Be prepared each day to tackle whatever issue may arise. In these types of internships every day is typically different with varying degrees of challenges. Although not a requirement, a preference will be put on those who are bilingual in Spanish.

Please visit the following videos of the 2014, and 2015 Penn State Center Philadelphia Interns to get a better understanding of their experiences in their own words:

Application review will begin March 15, 2016 and continue until the positions have been filled.

Camp Hamwi – Residential summer camp for children with diabetes seeks student workers

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is now accepting applications for the dietary staff at Camp Hamwi, a residential summer camp for children living with diabetes.  This is a unique summer job opportunity that will give students a chance to work in a variety of settings relevant to their education.

Each year a multidisciplinary health care team operates Camp Hamwi.  This team includes dietitians, dietetic students, nurses, paramedics, physicians, and medical students.  Students can benefit from working as part of this specialized medical team no matter where they are in their education.

As a member of the dietary staff, students can expect to spend 95% of their time working in the kitchen helping to prepare and serve meals and snacks.  The remainder of the time is spent teaching nutrition education to campers and assisting in night rounds.  More experienced students are encouraged to apply for the food service director and assistant food service director positions.  Job descriptions are attached.


The work experience takes place at Camp Hamwi, a diabetes camp that has been in existence for 48 years.  Located in Danville, Ohio, Camp Hamwi is held exclusively for children between the ages of 7 – 17 and who have a diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Staff orientation for Camp Hamwi 2016 is mandatory and will be held two days, Friday, July 22ndand Saturday, July 23rd.  Camp Hamwi 2016 will be held July 24th – August 6th.  Students will receive a weekly stipend of $190, free room and board, and $50 compensation for attending the mandatory 2-day orientation.  There are two weekly sessions.  Please note that students will typically work one week of camp:

 Senior Challenge Week (ages 13-17)                   July 24th – 30th 

Junior Challenge Week (ages 7-12)                      July 31st – August 6th

 Interested students should 1) complete an online application and 2) gather 3 reference forms.  The link to the online application process AND reference forms can be found on the front page of our website

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps Central Ohioans living with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with …

(In the box labeled “Summer Camp Registration Is Open,” click on “Click for more information”).

Deadline for submission of online application is Friday, April 1, 2016 (The Ohio State University student deadline is March 10, 2016).  Reference forms must be sealed in their own envelopes and signed by the person completing the form.  All 3 reference forms should be mailed together in one envelope to my attention at the address provided below.  The completed materials will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule phone interviews.

Jenny C. Shrodes, RD, LD

1100 Dennison Avenue

Columbus, OH  43201

Mobile: 614/582-1290


Krislund Camp & Conference Center–Summer Kitchen Intern Needed

Summer/Fall Intern Needed at Camp Krislund

Camp Krislund located in Madisonburg, PA (located 30 minutes from State College) is seeking a kitchen intern for the summer and fall. This will be a full time internship, 40+ hours/ week. Note: there is not a RDN preceptor at this camp, so it does not meet requirements for NUTR 391/495.

Below is a list of job descriptions and requirements:

-You may choose to be a part of the summer staff or commute for shifts.

-Eight-Ten, 4 hour shifts/week


-Begin May 15th– September 1st

-ServSafe Certified

-Assist in Food Prep

-Assist in cleaning the facility

-Assist in ordering and inventory of food

-Assist in menu and portion planning

-Assist in creating meals for summer camp and retreat groups

-Supervisor/manager of Kitchen when Kitchen Manager is not present

Please contact Gene Joiner at 814-422-8878 if interested.

Health Works Applications Now Available

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 4, 2016. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health. HealthWorks members plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog, developing health messages for print and digital formats, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting Safer Spring Break outreach, and providing HIV test counseling.

Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2016. This course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising and public relations.  For additional information and the applications click on the Health Works link.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at or by phone at (814) 863-0461.
Stacy Jones
Community Health Educator, Dietitian
University Health Services
Penn State University

Study Smarter, Not Harder!

This is an excellent workshop you may want to consider as exams get started for the semester.

Study Smarter Not Harder!

Back by popular demand, Study Smarter not Harder is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 6:30pm in 100 Life Sciences. This interactive workshop will show students how to break down course material into manageable concepts and effectively review exam performance. Dr. Jackie Bortiantynski , Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Josh Wede, Professor of Psychology will present on how to create effective learning habits, strategies for processing information, and how to be successful in science. 99% of students who previously attended this workshop would recommend it to a friend! Don’t miss it!

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

The Unite For Sight Experience: New 5-minute Video

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Global Impact Fellows do? Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Fellows participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to 1.9 million patients living in poverty, including more than 95,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Fellows assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have fellows pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

  • is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
  • uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
  • directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
  • offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
  • develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.

Complete details are available online at