Category Archives: Dietetics

Summer Experiences at Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm

Stony Brook Heights Rooftop farm is offering experiences to work on their farm.  This is a great way to gain nutrition-related experience to build your resume.

Volunteers experience all aspects of urban agriculture and sustainable farming.  The onsite Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm is the location where volunteers become part of the agriculture experience and where growing, harvesting and delivering produce to the foodservice department, and ultimately to patients’ trays is the main goal. Volunteers will also assist in the summer kids farm-to-table cooking classes (held in July).

For information for who to contact with more information, see the flyer Stony Brook Farm Summer Volunteer flyer

Awesome Experience working with Children with Diabetes – Dr. Barclay’s Camp

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 13th – Saturday, July 20th.  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 are provided free of charge.

A former student shared 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 and personal statements for the DI.

If you are a junior, it is definitely possible to complete the summer field experience and field experience proposal. I was able to request time off from my preceptor.  This experience helped me gain a better understanding of how to work as part of a team including physician assistants, medical residents, dietitians and food service staff. 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 April 15th 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 darprz@live.com and Renee at rslabic@aol.com, or send by regular mail:

Renee Slabic, RD, LDN

9570 Tileyard Rd.

Waterford, PA 16441

Selection for this volunteer opportunity will be made by May 15th.

Please contact Darlene Przybyszewski at darprz@live.com with any questions. Applicants may also contact the former student volunteers with questions about their experience:  Penn State students who volunteered last summer were Heather Fortsch, Claire Pomorski and Prin Kulwatno.

Heather: hxf158@psu.edu

Claire: cpomo137@gmail.com

Prin:  psk5106@psu.edu

Kandle Dining Services – Now Hiring Nutrition Majors for Diet Coordinator positions at Summer Camps – Multiple locations in US

Kandle Dining Services provides food service for camps and conference centers.

In the past few years we have developed a program for Dietetic students to work with Kandle during the summer season.  Students that work with us will gain valuable hands on experience and knowledge with the numerous diets of summer camp.  The students work under the supervision of a registered dietitian and will have the opportunity to learn skills such as safe food handling, common food allergens, food production and time management.

We have had great success hiring Dietetic students, they have been an asset to our company and helped provide an outstanding service to our campers with diet restrictions and/or allergies.  Please visit the kandle_dietaryflyer 2018-1c2720rr for additional information.

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 engage.psu.edu/students/grants.
For the most recent news and announcements regarding Student Engagement Network opportunities, follow @EngagePennState on Twitter. For general ​questions or concerns, please email engage@psu.edu or call (814) 863-5995.

Reminder: Virtual Open House Feb. 20th 4-5pm! Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)

Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins summer 2019 (May 13, 2019). Applications due by March 1st!

Attend the Virtual Open House!

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey by Monday, February 18th. You will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

Volunteers needed for Dr. Barclays’ Camp for Children with Diabetes

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes


Penn State students who volunteered last summer were Heather Fortsch, Claire Pomorski and Prin Kulwatno.

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 13th – Saturday, July 20th.  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 are provided free of charge.

A former student shared 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 and personal statements for the DI.

If you are a junior, it is definitely possible to complete the summer field experience and field experience proposal. I was able to request time off from my preceptor.  This experience helped me gain a better understanding of how to work as part of a team including physician assistants, medical residents, dietitians and food service staff. 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 April 15th 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 darprz@live.com and Renee at rslabic@aol.com, or send by regular mail:

Renee Slabic, RD, LDN

9570 Tileyard Rd.

Waterford, PA 16441

Selection for this volunteer opportunity will be made by May 15th.

Please contact Darlene Przybyszewski at darprz@live.com with any questions. Applicants may also contact the former student volunteers with questions about their experience:

Heather: hxf158@psu.edu

Claire: cpomo137@gmail.com

Prin:  psk5106@psu.edu

Virtual Open House: Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)

As you may know, the Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins summer 2019, pending final University approval.

Attend the next Virtual Open House!

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey by Monday, February 18th. You will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

Application Process & Deadlines

You will apply to the MPS in Nutritional Sciences Experiential Track using Penn State’s online Graduate School application. The Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) will not be used for application to this program.

  • March 1: Application deadline
  • March 15: Applicants will be notified of selection for interviews via email
  • March 21, 22, 26, and 27: Interview dates (in-person or via video conferencing)
  • March 29: Admission offers will be extended on or before this date.  
  • April 9: Decisions of offer acceptance are due by 5pm

Note: As an applicant, you will know if you are being offered admission prior to the deadline for DICAS program ranking, and a response to an offer is not due until Tuesday, April 9th which is 1 day after DICAS match acceptances are due! We hope that this will be advantageous for your decision-making throughout the process.

Additional details about the accredited track, including program requirements, curriculum, application and selection processes, important dates, and costs can be found on our program website.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor, Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator| smc28@psu.edu

 

Looking for summer Nutrition-Related Experience? The Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp (KDKC) has an awesome volunteer experience for nutrition and dietetic majors.

The Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp (KDKC) has an awesome volunteer experience for nutrition and dietetic majors. KDKC is a camp where kids with type 1 diabetes can come to have fun, meet other kids with diabetes and experience camp life.

KDKC is looking for individuals who are sophomore, junior or senior year in school that are interested in getting volunteer nutrition experience. Some responsibilities are to determine the carbohydrate count of meals and snacks, helping the campers to count their carbohydrates during meal times, creating a nutrition education lesson
for the age group they are assigned to and to be active/participate at various activities throughout the camp day.Throughout the week campers work closely with doctors, healthcare professionals, counselors and nutrition interns to learn more about their diabetes and management in a casual, non-clinical environment.

KDKC is located on Camp Victory’s camp site https://campvictory.org/
and will be June 16-21,2019. However, the volunteers will be expected
to arrive on June 15, 2019.

If you are interested in having this experience, please have them fill out an application at https://www.kdkc.org/volunteer

Thank you,

Alexis Newman RDN, LDN
Brittany Knick MS,RDN,LDN,CNSC
Directors of Nutrition for KDKC

Ronald McDonald House Charities Food Service Internship opportunities

Camp Ronald McDonald is a fully accessible residential camp for campers with special needs.  We are located in the high Sierra on the grounds of beautiful Eagle Lake.  A project of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California, the goal of Camp Ronald McDonald is to provide confidence-building experiences to campers who are “at-risk”, disadvantaged and/or living with physical or emotional disabilities. Our programs are designed to support each camper’s individuality through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment.

Camp Ronald McDonald opened in 1992 under the umbrella of Eagle Lake Children’s Charities.  We served 30 disadvantaged and disabled campers during that first year and began to grow steadily.  In 1997, Eagle Lake Children’s Charity merged with a McDonald’s cooperative of owner/operators in Northern California to form Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California (RMHCNC).  (The cooperative also helped to build a Ronald McDonald House in Sacramento, providing a “home-away-from-home” for families of critically ill and injured children).  This year we are proud to celebrate our 27th year!

Our facility sits on 35 acres on the shores of beautiful Eagle Lake in the middle of Lassen National Forest.  Our site boasts 9 cabins (sleeping 13 each), two shower houses, dining hall, amphitheater, camp fire pit, beach volleyball courts, fully accessible dock and water front, basketball courts and a grassy playing field. In addition to our beautiful layout and environment, we offer an array of programs adapted to meet the individual needs of each camper.  We staff experienced and well trained specialists in the fields of drama, arts & crafts, outdoor education, sports and waterfront activities. Camp Ronald McDonald also accommodates special dietary requests while still offering a wonderful variety of nutritious and delicious foods to fuel our campers throughout the day.

The flyer and application are below:

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake flyer

CRM-Camp-Staff-Application

Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)–now accepting applications!

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that The Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins May 2019, pending final University approval.

Overview

The Experiential Track is a 24-month competency-based program that integrates advanced-level online MPS graduate coursework with three consecutive semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (in Hershey, PA or University Park, PA). The program begins Summer semester 2019. Online courses will begin on May 13, 2019 and in-residence supervised experiential learning will start in August 2019. The program has a leadership emphasis. Students will graduate with the MPS graduate degree and a verification statement and be prepared to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This track requires completion of a minimum of 39 credits, which includes the 30 MPS credits, plus a minimum of 9 additional course credits. Students are expected to participate full-time in the program during the semesters in which online graduate coursework and supervised experiential learning courses take place. Students may indicate their preference of location when applying to the program.

Important Note

To be eligible as an applicant for the Experiential Track of the MPS program, your undergraduate graduation conferral date must be before the start of the program, which is the first day of summer semester classes (May 13, 2019). If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the program prior to applying. We can assist you with determining your eligibility for the program.

Applications

 The application deadline is March 1st, 2019.  Applicants will apply directly through the Penn State Graduate School online application. Applicants will not apply through DICAS, and the program will not be participating in the Spring 2019 matching process. Additional details about the accredited track, including program requirements, curriculum, application and selection processes, important dates, and costs can be found on our program website.

Virtual Open House

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey and you will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

If you are unable to attend and/or would like additional information about the program, please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator
Department of Nutritional Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
125 Chandlee Laboratory, University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7131 (office) | smc28@psu.edu

Sincerely,

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN

MPS Program Director

Associate Teaching Professor