Category Archives: Career Development

Summer Nutrition Experience in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Area — Nutrition Aide position

Part-time Nutrition Aide Position is available this summer for students looking to gain experience in a nutrition-related area.  This is a great way to build your resume and/or Dietetic Internship application packet.


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Nutrition Aide works part-time to provide nutrition education to youth engaged in Wilkes- Barre Family YMCA programs including Afterschool, Power Scholars Academy summer school, and Food and Fun at the Park summer program, as well as engaging families as requested.    The Nutrition Education Coordinator may also plan special events and Healthy Food Distributions (Free Pop-up Produce Stands, for example), as appropriate. Most work is seasonal, and will take place during summer months of June, July and August, with the possibility of additional work during other months as requested and available

See the Nutrition Aide Position Description for more information.

If you are interested in this position, send a resume to Clancy Harrison at

Paid Positions available at the Penn State Diet Assessment Center

The Penn State Diet Assessment Center (PSDAC) offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to get involved in research.  Students gain valuable nutrition experience essential for a Dietetic Internship Program.  It is also an excellent opportunity for those who want to pursue an advanced degree in nutrition or other health related profession.
We are looking to hire undergraduate students in April for a May start date.  Students would need to work at PSDAC throughout summer 2019 and commit to one full year of employment.  We start students at competitive wages who are nutrition majors in the Department of Nutritional Sciences or who are seeking a minor in nutrition as part of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management or Human Development and Family Studies degree.
The job is flexible enough to accommodate the busy schedules of students.  It requires an extensive training program that consists of learning about diet assessment methodology, interview techniques, nutrition research software, and the research studies conducted in the PSDAC.
The job requirements are as follows:*   Must be a sophomore nutrition major, or junior not completing a summer field experience, or seeking a minor in nutrition
*   Must be willing to commit to 1 year of employment
*   Must be willing to work during the summer and winter/spring breaks
*   Must be willing to work evenings and some weekends
*   Must be willing to work several 3 to 4 hour shifts per week (~10-15 hours total)
For more information contact:
Kristen Cox, RDN, LDN
108D Chandlee
Office Phone: 814-863-5428

Student Engagement Funds available for Summer Experiences-March 15 Deadline

The Student Engagement Network is now accepting grant applications for summer 2019! Apply now.

Through a competitive application process, awards are given to undergraduate students from across Penn State’s campuses, including World Campus. Grant recipients may use funding to cover the costs of living (i.e. housing, food, transportation), supplies and materials for events and presentations, and other costs related to an engagement experience.

Engagement experiences cover a wide variety of learning and growth opportunities, including research, internships, co-ops, study abroad, study away, service learning, artistic creation and performance, participation in student and professional clubs and organizations, peer mentoring, and philanthropic service, among others.
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 15.
Additional details about the grant program, including eligibility, requirements, and information about how to prepare a competitive application, can be found at
For the most recent news and announcements regarding Student Engagement Network opportunities, follow @EngagePennState on Twitter. For general ​questions or concerns, please email or call (814) 863-5995.

CBCF is Recruiting the Next Generation of Leaders!

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is currently recruiting interns for the 2019 summer Congressional Internship. From May to July, CBCF interns work in Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member offices and learn first-hand how to develop legislative and public policy initiatives. Don’t miss your chance to add your voice to the national dialogue on issues of importance. If you have the desire to work in politics or are merely interested in the policy-making process, apply today!

•    U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S. through May 2020
•    Active full-time enrollment in college or recent graduation from a college within twelve (12) months of internship application
•    Completion of at least 30 credits towards an undergraduate degree
•    Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
•    Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process

More TAs needed for NUTR 251

I am looking for a couple more upper-level nutrition students who are interested in being a teaching assistant (TA) for Nutrition 251 this Spring.  This is a great way to review basic nutrition information while building new skills and earning one 400-level credit (NUTR 496) for your major.  The class meets from 2:30-3:20 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail ( or phone (814-865-2783) for more information. Thank you!

Dr. Cindy Adams

Summer Programs for Pre-Health Students

Believe it or not, it is not too early to start lining up experiences for Summer 2019.  Please see the attached file for MANY opportunities for students interested in the various aspects of health care and research opportunities. Some of these internship and shadowing experiences could be potential sites for the NUTR 495 field experience in dietetics.  Many are appropriate for students looking for medical experience needed for Physician Assistant or Medical School. Pre-Health+Summer+Program+Links+2019B-1h85i6f

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Paid Internship Opportunity

The Student Farm is still looking for applicants for the 2019 paid field internship. Nutrition majors in this internship can learn how community farming can improve nutrition knowledge and help create sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Students should apply as soon as possible since interviews are beginning next week.
The 2019 Student Farm paid intern positions are now open for the fourth growing season! We have several openings to join our team of field interns. Interns will work as a team to manage field production, market our produce, host events on the farm, and work with community partners on food security and food waste initiatives. No prior farm experience is required–just a desire to learn and contribute to the team! Work hours are flexible. For more information:
To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references on Interviews will begin mid-October and continue through the fall semester.

Open Opportunity to Meet Successful HPA Alumnus

All HHD students are invited to meet and talk with Dr. Kevin Frick, the Vice-Dean for Education in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This open conversation will be held on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 353 HHD Building (it’s OK if you have to arrive late or leave early).  Reservations are encouraged and can be made by e-mailing Heather Zimmerman at

Kevin is a Schreyer Honors and Health Policy and Administration Penn State alumnus who has gone on to an outstanding career as a health economist and an educational leader.  He has published widely in many HHD related areas, including obesity, cancer, vision care, global health, business and economics, health policy, and even foster care for children. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity if you are interested in any of these topics, or if you just want to meet someone who was once in your shoes and has gone on to build a successful and varied career.

Get Real-world Advice from an Alumni Mentor!

Student applications are currently being accepted for the Health & Human Development Alumni Mentoring program.  This program pairs alumni of each program within HHD, including Nutritional Sciences, with students currently majoring in the same field. This is a great opportunity to get real-world advice from Penn Staters currently working in a variety of settings related to nutrition. Don’t miss this opportunity for getting some expert assistance as you plan your own future!

For more information, please visit this page and read all of the information posted there before clicking on the Student Application link. Deadline for applying is Monday, October 15th.

Special Note: The Nutritional Sciences alumni volunteers will first meet with the accepted student protégés at a special luncheon scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Nittany Lion Inn. If you apply for this program, please mark this important initial meeting time on your calendar.

Career Fair Workshop Tonight with Free Dinner

The Student Council of the College of Health and Human Development is sponsoring a workshop tonight (August 30th) with representatives from Career Services on “Making the Most of Your First Career Fair.”  This session will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in 10 Henderson Building and dinner will be provided. All HHD students are welcome to attend.