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Aug
03
2018

How I Got My First-Choice Dietetic Internship: A Sneak Peek into My Application

Evita Basillio Evita is a Registered Dietitian working in health technology. She completed her BSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University, Master’s diploma at Ryerson University, and Dietetic Internship at St. Michael’s Hospital. Evita has a love for health, science and writing. Connect with Evita on LinkedIn, Instagram or email.

Applying to dietetic internships was hands-down the most stressful experience in my life. It’s been almost a year since graduating from my internship program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and I’m hoping to help any future dietitians on your path to scoring the internship of your dreams. continue reading

Apr
28
2016

Strength in numbers: How SickKids tackled Nutrition Month 2016

Two interns from SickKids Hospital collaborate with a number of different departments to organize an exciting Nutrition Month for staff, volunteers, and the public. 


Mara_HS1.jpgMara Alexanian-Farr is a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  She completed her MSc in Human Health & Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. Mara was one of the interns that organized Nutrition Month events for SickKids, alongside the wellness program for hospital staff and volunteers. You can contact her by email at mara.alexfarr@gmail.com.

 
CSmithHS1.jpgClarissa Smith completed a Bachelor of Science at Memorial University, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. For her population and public health rotation during her internship, Clarissa and her co-intern worked with the wellness program at SickKids to plan Nutrition Month activities. To contact Clarissa, please email her at clarissasmith230@gmail.com.
 

As nutrition professionals, we like to think that everyone gets as excited as we do about an entire month dedicated to nutrition and health. But, in reality, empowering and engaging others during Nutrition Month this March proved to be a challenging undertaking.

When initially faced with the task, it seemed daunting. Where do you start? Luckily, planning Nutrition Month at SickKids is a team effort, with input and help from many different people and departments. continue reading
Jan
15
2015

The power of the student food movement

KLHS1.jpegKendall Lee is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition with Honours at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) in Nova Scotia. Her recent campus volunteer experience with Meal Exchange led to a rewarding summer job helping to organize and participate in the 2014 National Student Food Summit.  Kendall can be reached at x2012txx@stfx.ca.

Students are powerful advocates for change within the food system – from developing campus gardens and creating healthy, sustainable and affordable meal programs on campus, to participating in local food policy councils.
 
My journey within the student food movement has had a positive influence on my career choice and contributed to my goal of becoming a dietitian.  During the 2013-2014 school year, I volunteered as the StFX Meal Exchange (MX) Coordinator and, in the summer of 2014, I joined MX in Toronto as a summer program coordinator. In this role, I was responsible for managing all aspects of the National Student Food Summit (NSFS), including organizing registration of student delegates, fundraising, participating in a planning committee, and creating the menu for the NSFS.

What is Meal Exchange and the National Student Food Summit? continue reading

Jun
18
2014

Journey of an Aspiring Dietitian: 5 Tips for Future Graduates

Kaitlyn Bresee is a recent graduate from the Applied Human Nutrition program at the University of Guelph. She currently works at Country Roads Community Health Centre as a Youth Activity Worker, and will be heading back to Guelph in the fall to start the Master of Applied Nutrition program to become a Registered Dietitian. Contact her at Bresees@uoguelph.ca to learn more about her journey.

As a recent graduate from the Applied Human Nutrition undergraduate program at the University of Guelph and future student in Guelph’s Masters of Applied Nutrition (MAN) program, I have learned a few things about making it in this competitive field of study.  I am one of many students who spent the last four years competing for a spot in a dietetic internship or masters/practicum program. Through this post I hope to share a little about my on-going journey towards becoming an RD, and to offer up some tips for future internship and masters/practicum applicants. continue reading
May
21
2014

Say YES: Shaping my career in community nutrition as an RD to be

Erin Branco is a UBC Dietetics Student and Community Kitchen Coordinator for a Vancouver community program called Growing Eden. She received her BSc in Nutritional Science from UBC, and a diploma in Nutrition and Food Service Management, which led her to work in food service management at a local health facility.  Read her blog, check out her cookbook Growing Eden: the cookbook, email her at esine777@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter.  


My journey to becoming a registered dietitian has been filled with many learning opportunities to develop personally and professionally. As a prospective UBC dietetics student, I was constantly seeking opportunities to participate in nutrition or food related activities to build my application. Through volunteering in a therapeutic garden club and networking with the cofounders of the organizing body, I was introduced to the organization Farmers on 57th in Vancouver, BC and was offered a position as the Outdoor Community Kitchen Coordinator in 2012 for their community program called Growing Eden. continue reading 

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