Evidence that the student is a productive, reliable, and competent worker is critical. Work experience in nutrition and food service is very helpful, and many hospital-based dietetic internships look for some hospital work experience as evidence that applicants will be prepared for and comfortable with the internship environment.
Consider the following when seeking work experience:
- Health care settings are best (ex. hospitals, nursing homes).
- Foodservice experience, especially in healthcare is valuable.
- Dining Service experience is an option but many programs emphasize a healthcare setting.
- WARNING: Do not work too many hours and jeopardize your GPA! Find a balance that works for you.
- Aim to obtain a variety of experiences -- community and clinical and foodservice.
- Work experience not directly related to dietetics (for example, retail) may not be preferred, but does help to develop professional qualities and skills (i.e. interpersonal skills).