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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.

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 Unite For Sight volunteers do? Unite For Sight’s Volunteer Abroad Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.  Volunteers participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to nearly 1.8 million patients living in poverty, including more than 80,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Volunteers assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, volunteers may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have volunteers 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 http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Attention Freshman and Sophomores: Mt. Nittany Medical Center Seeking Kitchen Workers

Mount Nittany Medical Center is currently hoping to recruit freshman or sophomore nutrition students interested in getting experience in a kitchen/hospital setting. The position, Kitchen Worker I, is paid and would be evenings and weekends.  This would give great experience for anyone planning to apply to a dietetic internship.   They are looking for underclassmen because they find it typically takes at least a year for students to get trained properly and learn their systems.
If interested you can APPLY at:
For additional information contact”

Danielle Michael, MS, RD, LDN
Guest Services Manager
Mount Nittany Medical Center
Nutrition and Culinary Services
1800 East Park Avenue
State College, PA 16803-6797
Ph: (814) 231-7192
Fax: (814) 231-7118
E-mail: Danielle.Michael@mountnittany.org

Interested in International Work?

Career services is sponsoring two information sessions this week relevant to International Nutrition and Health:

Peace Corps  –  February 25, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in 103A Bank of America Career Services Center.

The Medical School for International Health –  February 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in 117 Thomas.

People to People Career Fair – Thursday, Feb. 27

The 2014 People to People Career Fair is next week on February 27 in the Bryce Jordan Center from 10am to 2pm.  The focus of this Career Fair is on opportunities through full-time positions, internships, summer jobs, and volunteering to gain experience that impacts the well-being and development of others. Over 75 employers are attending.  The event is sponsored by Career Services, the College of Health & Human Development, Smeal College of Business, College of Education, and the College of Liberal Arts.  For more information go to http://careerfairs.psu.edu/people/ .

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Information Sessions with Kraft Foods and Nestle USA Inc. this week

Check out the Career Services posting for this week.  Information sessions are being held for positions with Nestle (February 11, tonight) and Kraft Foods (Feb 13, Thursday night) this week.  Also don’t forget the People to People Career Fair at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 27, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Meet with employers from Camps, Health and Fitness, Hospitals, Clinics and Treatment Centers, Non-profit agencies and more.

Career Services Weekly Posting – Week of February 10, 2014

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

Passionate about health & wellness? Become a HealthWorks peer educator!

Penn State students who are interested in promoting health among their peers can apply to participate in HealthWorks, a peer education and outreach program within University Health Services. HealthWorks peer educators facilitate educational workshops on nutrition and sexual health, staff outreach events, and provide HIV test counseling. Past projects include a healthy cooking video series, a fitness event for first-year students, and outreach for Love Your Body week. Membership applications will be accepted until March 7th for the 2014-2015 school year. To learn more or apply, visit http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.

Credits earned through HealthWorks can be applied to the supporting courses category on your degree audit.

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

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.

Is a Health Care Career Right for You? And if so, Which One?

If you feel like you’re not 100% certain what you’d like to do with your life, relax, you’re right where you need to be!  The undergraduate experience is a time for exploration and discovery.  While it is great if you do know exactly where you want to go with your degree, you might still be surprised by the many opportunities that await you.  If you’re at the point where you think you want a career in health care, know you want to help people, but aren’t sure how;  this is a great web site to check out.  Is a Health Career Right for You?

Nutrition is a major with many career possibilities and the one that may be perfect for you could be on a path less travelled.   I highly recommend this web site that describes many health care careers.  The web site has information on many traditional careers, Health Educator, Dietitian/Nutritionist, Physician, Biomedical Researcher, Physician Assistant, Dentist, Pharmacist etc.,  and describes many related careers that nutrition is great preparation for. Over break, take a few minutes to explore.  Health Care Careers

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and travel safely!