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Alternative Spring Break Applications due 12/16/2016

If you have an interest in experiencing a different culture in the US while contributing to a community in need, consider applying for one of the Alternative Spring Break programs. Several have a component related to Food production and Sustainability.  Further information and  a link to the application can be found at: Alternative Spring Break.  Applications are due December 16, 2016.

2016 Summer Internship with Campbell Soup Company

The Campbell Soup Company is now accepting applications for a 12-week fully paid summer nutrition internship program. Eligible candidates must:
-Be passionate about pursuing a career in the consumer packaged goods industry;
-Currently be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a Nutrition, Food Science, or a related program; or have been accepted into a graduate degree program or RD internship program to begin in fall of 2016
-Be equipped with 3.0 GPA or higher
Visit http://careers.campbellsoupcompany.com/…/INTERN-job-Camden-…for more information and to apply.

Detailed job description and requirements for selected opportunity.

Penn State Hospitality Services is hiring for Part-time positions in the Stewarding and Culinary Departments

The Stewarding Department for Penn State Hospitality Services is seeking organized and motivated individuals dedicated to providing exceptional customer service for our part-time Dishwasher position.

They are responsible for washing and cleaning dishes, pot ware, glassware, silverware, and kitchen equipment. Cleans kitchen areas, removes & sorts trash, compost and recycling, sorts and stores dishes, glassware, pot ware, and silverware. Operates dish machines and trash compactor.

Must be able to work in warm, moist area, lift up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation and stand or walk for extended periods of time. Assist culinary department in plating up and banquet servers in setting up banquet functions. Maybe cross-trained as cafeteria attendant.

Work hours are various shifts, including weekends and holidays.

To apply please go to www.abshr.psu.edu and click on “apply here.”

And for our culinary positions:

The Culinary Department is seeking cooks looking to pick up some extra shifts.  You can work as few as one shift a week, or up to 20 hours each week, based on your availability and preferences.

Our full-service property is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and a superb dining experience.  We are looking for individuals who are organized, motivated, and driven to prepare great food.  Responsibilities may include planning, preparing, setting-up and providing service in all areas of food production.  Successful applicants must be able to abide by sanitation/health regulations, complete opening duties, clean & prepare fruits, vegetables, prepare salads, and stocks.

Morning and evening shifts are available during the week and on weekends.  Rate of pay is $8.25-$12.00 per hour.  To apply please go to www.abshr.psu.edu and click on “apply here.”

If you have questions, please contact

Megan Hunsicker, Human Resources Specialist

The Pennsylvania State University | Hospitality Services

mch225@psu.edu | 814-865-6304


Mt Nittany Medical Center is hiring for positions in the Dietary Department

Mt Nittany Medical Center is currently hiring wage payroll employees for their evening shifts, to work in the diet office, trayline and delivering trays to patients. They are looking for Freshman, Sophomore and Junior applicants ONLY. In these jobs the employee will be expected to work throughout the year, including summers.  The experience would be great for anyone looking to pursue the RD or DTR track.
If interested, please  apply at this link: http://www.mountnittany.org/careers/with-mount-nittany-medical-center and click on the SERVICE tab. Apply for one of the Kitchen Worker 1 positions.

If you have questions, please contact:

Danielle Michael MS, RD, LDN
Guest Services Manager | Nutrition & Culinary Services Mount Nittany Medical Center | 1800 East Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803
, Phone: (814) 231-7046 | 7 Fax: (814) 231-7118 | E-mail:  danielle.michael@mountnittany.org

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes

The following Post was contributed by Jenny Dang, Nutritional Sciences student.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for Nutrition Students.
I wanted to let you all know of a volunteer opportunity this summer at Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes during the week of July 19-25. It is located within Camp Fitch in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA) and you would be working with about 25 children with diabetes, ages 8-16. The student volunteers work closely with the medical residents, Physician Assistants, nurses, Registered Dietitians, and an Endocrinologist, but you would be working under the direction of two Registered Dietitians.

Responsibilities include assisting the campers with their carbohydrate selections, passing A.M. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, creating and presenting educational games on nutrition and diabetes.  You may also participate in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with a medical team. The medical staff stays in Mirto Lodge at Camp Fitch, which has bunk beds and showers and there will also be complementary meals.

I volunteered last summer and have been asked to come back again this summer. I had a lot of fun and was able to apply what I had learned in my classes (The Exchange List from 358 and projects from 360 came in handy!). Aside from a few classes, I had limited knowledge of diabetes, and this experience provided me a better understanding of diabetes. I was also able to network with the medical staff and had down time to participate in the fun activities the campers enjoyed like water skiing, horseback riding, and zip lining.

The RDs are looking for one more student volunteer, preferably a Junior or Senior, but you can apply if you have completed your Sophomore year in May. This is a great opportunity and if it sounds interesting to you, please let me know so I can provide you with more information!

Jenny Dang   jad5863@psu.edu
Pennsylvania State University
Nutritional Sciences Major| Dietetics Option
Environmental Inquiry| International Agriculture Minors

UNICEF Penn State | Public Relations Chair
Student Sustainability Advisory Council 2014-2015
Student Nutrition Association | Secretary

Position Announcement: Student Nutrition Assistants with Penn State Campus Dining

Attention Juniors:

Penn State Campus Dining is currently recruiting for wage-payroll positions for Student Nutrition Assistants at the University Park Campus. Applications must be submitted by January 19th 2015.  Students will be hired beginning in March 2015.  The position requires that the student commit to working through Summer of 2015 as well as the entire 2015/2016 school year. For students planning to take Nutr 495, a portion of  the hours in this position can be used to fulfill the requirements for the summer field experience.

For a full description of the position and requirements, please view the attached flyer  SNA Job Announcement 2015 (Updated)

Call for Presentation Proposals – PSU Engaged Scholarship Inititaitve

Nutrition students are excellent candidates for this Engaged Scholarship Initiative.  Read below and consider applying if you’ve had practical experiences where you’ve been able to apply material learned in the classroom.

Student Lightning Presentations @ the 2014 Engaged Scholarship Expo

November 17, 2014  | Heritage Hall, Hetzel Union Building, University Park

How have you taken your education beyond the classroom? 

Maybe you scored an awesome internship, traveled the world during study abroad, or made groundbreaking progress through research. If so, you’ve had an engaged scholarship experience, and we want to hear from you!

The Council for Engaged Scholarship (COES) invites all undergraduate students to submit a proposal for a lightning presentation about how going beyond the classroom made a difference in their Penn State experience. Lightning presentations are designed to be quick and engaging—lasting no more than five minutes—so we can pack the most into the expo as possible.

If your proposal is selected, you’ll have the chance to showcase your experience along with other students at the upcoming Engaged Scholarship Expo in November! (Presenting at the expo is a great experience to talk about during future interviews, by the way!) If you’re interested, please submit your proposal by October 30, 2014.    

In the meantime, join the conversation about Penn State’s Engaged Scholarship Initiative on our Facebook and Twitter pages! 

Engaged Scholarship is defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement classroom learning—undergraduate research, community-based learning, service learning, internships, capstone experiences, study abroad, study away, embedded travel courses.

The Council on Engaged Scholarship was formed in October 2012 to advance Penn State’s mission by creating a student-centered environment that fosters engaged teaching, research, and service. It is sponsored Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, and Outreach and Online Education.



Department of Nutritional Sciences Open House – This Saturday, October 11

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is hosting an Open House for Parents and Families Weekend on Saturday, Oct 11, 2:30 to 4 PM in the lobby of Chandlee Lab.  We invite families, undergraduates, and faculty to join a tour of the facility, view research posters and a display of the Advanced Field Experiences of our current seniors.

Tours will be given at 2:30 and 3:30 PM starting in the lobby. Two nutrition graduate students and one undergrad will give tours of the research labs upstairs and tell us about the research activities currently happening there. Many of our students participate in faculty directed research on campus.

The lobby display will describe the 2014 summer field experiences of our seniors for their NUTR 495 class.  This is a great opportunity for undergraduates to get ideas about the variety of practical experience they could look for prior to graduation.

All are welcome to view the displays, chat with seniors, and attend a tour. See you there!

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

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to complete two field experiences in Hershey, Pennsylvania. One experience was at Hershey Medical Center, working closely with three of their clinical Registered Dietitians, and the other was at The Farmers Market in Hershey, working with the market itself and their community outreach programs. I was able to find the opportunity at Hershey Medical Center through Dr. Coleman-Kelly after an announcement she made at the dietetics option information session. After being presented with this opportunity but only being guaranteed 200 hours, I found the farmers market opportunity through my alumni mentor, and the market was able to provide me with the additional 100 hours I needed.

These experiences were equally incredible and I am so blessed to have had them. Through my clinical experience, I was pushed out of my comfort zone and learned so much more than I had originally thought possible. I followed up with patients for 7-day nutrition rescreens under many different services of the hospital, updated educational handouts given to patients, and attended meetings and presentations with the RDs. Through the farmers market, I updated their current social media, created and continually updated an Instagram account for the market, created health and nutrition educational handouts in both English and Spanish for workers and jockeys at the Penn National Race Track, and worked at the market itself, along with many other little things throughout my experience. Despite initially stressing out about finding a field experience, worrying about the complications of completing two experiences as opposed to one, and being concerned about not making any money, I had a fantastic summer. I met many amazing people and learned much more about what I want to do with my nutrition degree. I didn’t want to leave Hershey when the time came, but I am excited to use what I learned during my field experience in my future classes and professional career.

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