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Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes

We are looking for 2-3 dietetic students, preferably in their junior or senior year, to volunteer at diabetes camp from July 20 through July 26, 2014.  Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes has been in existence since 1977.  It is a medically supervised 1 week summer camp for children with diabetes, ages 8-16, and is located within Camp Fitch (an ACA accredited YMCA camp) in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA).   It’s staffed with medical residents, physician assistants, nurse, dietitians and other volunteer health care professionals/students, under the medical direction of an endocrinologist.  This is a mainstream camp.  Most of the children at CampFitch do not have diabetes.  Typically, there are 25-35 children with diabetes who attend every year.  During the week, campers with diabetes do all the same activities as “typical” campers, from water skiing to horseback riding to climbing walls. They are given the opportunity to increase their independence in managing their diabetes as they attend daily educational sessions in coping and management skills and interact with other children who also have diabetes.

Student volunteers would be working under the direction of 2 registered dietitians (one of whom is a certified diabetes educator).

Responsibilities include preparing and dispensing sugar free punch, working in the dining hall, assisting the campers with their carbohydrate selections (including those wearing insulin pumps), passing A.M. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, so the appropriate amount of mealtime insulin can be given.

Student volunteers have also helped to create and present educational games on nutrition and diabetes.  They may also participate in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with a medical team (physician, physician assistant, dietitian).

The medical staff stays in Mirto Lodge at CampFitch, which is equipped with bunk beds and showers.  We eat all meals in the dining hall and the camp food is delicious!

This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for student dietitians.  For more information, contact Darlene at darprz@neo.rr.com.  Interested candidates can go to the Camp Fitch website:  www.campfitchymca.org.  Students who respond to this letter may be asked to provide some additional information.


Darlene Przybyszewski, RD, LDN, CDE and Renee Slabic, RD

c/o Diabetes Institute at UPMC Hamot
104 East 2nd Street, 8th Floor
Erie, PA 16507

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

If you have ever wanted to participate in a Medical Volunteer experience abroad, you may find the announcement from Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps to be of interest.  Click on this link to read their flyer describing the program, opportunities and volunteer testimonials.  Unite For Sight-flier

Women’s Leadership Initiative seeking Applicants for 2014-2015 class

The Women’s Leadership Initiative is accepting applications from students
who wish to participate in its 2014-15 class. The Women’s Leadership
Initiative (WLI) is a selective, yearlong academic program for students who
will be juniors in any major in the College of Health and Human Development
or the College of Nursing. The program consists of Friday workshops four
times per semester, one weekend workshop per semester, and other special
events designed to enhance leadership skills and provide networking
opportunities with leaders. For more information, please see the attached
flyer, visit our website (www.hhd.psu.edu/wli), or attend one of our
information sessions on January 21 and 22.

WLI_RecruitmentFlyer 2014

Food Service Internship at Camp Ronald McDonald® at Eagle Lake

Camp Ronald McDonald has five paid positions that will provide students the complete experience of Food Service in a Camp setting from May 28 – August 17, 2014.  The program been extremely successful for the past 14 years and has pulled students from all over the US including Pennsylvania.  All those who have participated have found it a unique Food Service Experience that allows dietetic students the ability to touch the lives of special campers through nutrition.  This experience has been quoted to be a “life internship” as well.

Camp Ronald McDonald is a fully accessible residential camp for campers with special needs.  It is located in the high Sierras 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. Programs are designed to support each camper’s individuality through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment.

Please visit their website www.campronald.org for job descriptions and an application.  Feel free to contact Vicky Flaig, MEd, RD, Camp Director with any questions.   (916) 734-4230 – Office;

Camp Ronald McDonald Intern Flyer

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.



Camp Hamwi Seeking Student Dietitians for Summer 2014 Diabetes Camp

Looking for a summer experience in Nutrition and enjoy working with children? Consider applying for positions for  Student Dietitian,  Assistant Food Service Director, or for more advanced students, Food Service Director at Camp Hamwi.  The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is now accepting applications for jobs 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, nursing students, 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 the time working in the kitchen to help 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.

The work experience takes place at Camp Hamwi, a diabetes camp that has been in existence for 46 years.  Camp Mohaven is the home base for our camp, which is located in Danville, Ohio.  Camp Hamwi is held exclusively for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes between the ages of 7 and 17.

Staff orientation for Camp Hamwi 2014 is mandatory and will be held two days, Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th.  Camp Hamwi 2014 will be held July 27thAugust 9th.  Students will receive a weekly stipend of $190, free room and board and $50 compensation for attending the 2-day orientation. The dates for camp are as follows:

            Senior Challenge Week (ages 13-17)                July 27thAugust 2nd

Junior Challenge Week (ages 7-12)                  August 3rdAugust 9th

Interested students should complete an application and gather 3 reference forms.  Reference forms must be sealed in their own envelopes and signed by the person completing the form.  The forms can be found at this website http://www.diabetesohio.org/Programs/CampHamwi/StaffAppInfo.aspx   Application and reference forms should be mailed/ hand delivered together in one envelope, addressed to the attention of Jennifer C. Shrodes, RD, LD at 1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, OH  43201 and postmarked or delivered by the deadline, or sent electronically to jshrodes@diabetesohio.org. Deadline for application submission is Friday, March 14, 2014, 5pm EST.  The completed materials will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews by March 21, 2014.

Attention Juniors: Student Nutrition Assistants needed for Penn State Dining

Each year Student Nutrition Assistants are hired by Penn State dining to help accommodate Penn State students with food allergies and other nutritional concerns.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in nutrition, computer analysis in food service, as well as critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and self-direction.   You must be available to start in March 2014.  The position runs through April 2015.  Please view the attached job description and other requirements of the position at the link below.

Nutrition Majors Job Sign 2014

Attention Seniors: New Online Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new on-line graduate level program begins in January 2014 and the admissions process has begun!  The “Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition” is designed for new graduates and experienced professionals seeking advanced training in Clinical Nutrition and considering future graduate/professional education.   Capstone courses earn full graduate credit which students may subsequently utilize in relevant degree programs at UW–Madison and other institutions.

Registration is open for spring 2014 and we will be teaching the following on-line course:  Nutritional Sciences 653 – Clinical Nutrition Research – 3 cr.

You can begin the program in any semester – spring, summer, or fall – as courses may be taken in any order.  Due to the convenient online format, it may be completed while employed or enrolled in a Dietetic Internship.  Enrolled students are eligible for financial aid.

For more information you may contact the director or visit their website, as follows:  Lynette M. Karls, MS, RD, CD, Director  Email:  karls@nutrisci.wisc.edu Website:  www.nutrisci.wisc.edu/GradProgram/grad_capstone.html

Gaining Summer Experience in Nutrition and Health Care Careers

Have you started thinking about next summer and gaining experience to learn more about nutrition and health careers? It is actually time to start applying to programs.  Here are a few opportunities that are worth looking at.

National Association of College and University Food Services Summer Internship  http://nacufs.org/careers-internships

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program http://www.smdep.org/

Health Care Careers Enrichment Programs http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/careers/programs

Interested in Community Nutrition?  Consider contacting local grocery stores.  Weiss Markets headquartered in Sunbury, PA often has nutrition interns to help with their Healthy Living initiatives.  Contact Karen Buch RDN, LDN Director, Lifestyle Initiatives; kbuch@weismarkets.com, cc: healthybites@weismarkets.com  https://www.weismarkets.com/healthy-living/

Join Linkedin.  www.linkedin.com   Groups such as the “Pennsylvania State University Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Association” can help you connect directly to professionals that may be willing to have you shadow or gain other types of field experience in their facilities. We have a linkedin page for current undergraduates and recent graduates;  “Penn State Nutritional Sciences” where we post opportunities and jobs we learn of that might be of interest to you.

I will be posting additional opportunities throughout the year as I become aware of them.

Gaining Practical Nutrition Experience – Part 2

There are many opportunities to gain experience related to your career goals in nutrition. Leadership skills can be developed through virtually any organization that interests you.  Groups do not need to be related to nutrition, though our Student Nutrition Association is an excellent place to gain valuable experience.  Skills in time management, organizing, delegating, communicating, and collaborating may occur through fraternities and sororities, religious organizations, clubs, sports, professional organizations and many others.  Our college also offers two excellent leadership opportunities.  The Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Global Leadership Initiative.

Would you like to gain some experience in community nutrition?  Consider contacting the Diet Assessment center located in the Chandlee building.  The state headquarters for the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education program, TRACKS is here in State College. They often have projects which students can help with.  Contact your local extension agent for opportunities in counties outside the State College area. Penn State Extension offers volunteer experiences and brings food and agriculture resources to counties throughout Pennsylvania.   Visit their web site at www.extension.psu.edu  for more information.  Several initiatives related to Sustainability have opportunities of interest to nutrition students.  HealthWorks is a peer education, outreach program through University Health Services and offers opportunities for students to bring a variety of health and wellness topics to the Penn State Community.  You can earn academic credits by participating.  Consider volunteering at the State College Food Bank or Meals on Wheels program.

Food Service Management opportunities are abundant in the University and State College area.  Penn State Campus Dining typically hires two senior level Student Nutrition Assistants each spring to help with meal planning and education for students with food allergies or other nutritional needs. Any experiences in food preparation can be beneficial. Frequently nutrition students who work in the same facility for a few semesters move into management positions where they gain additional valuable experience.

Keep your eyes open for opportunities.  There are a wide variety of possibilities.  It just requires your energy and enthusiasm to make them a reality.