Acing Experiential Practice

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An internship can be the perfect stepping-stone between university coursework and your dream job. But with so much to learn in such a short amount of time, it can seem impossible to leave a lasting impression. Below are a few strategies to help you navigate the road to becoming an RDN.

1. Advocate for Yourself and Take Risks
If you have the opportunity to create a meaningful, relevant experience for yourself, do it! Not only will this showcase your initiative but you will experience growth and uncover the skills necessary to market yourself as a leader.

2. Stay Active
Internships are incredible learning experiences, so take them seriously! If you haven’t been assigned a project, create one for yourself. Demonstrate your work ethic and creativity by establishing something original.

3. Ask for Feedback
Think of your internship as a test run. Give each task your best effort and then request feedback. There will never be a better time to ask questions, make improvements and demonstrate what you’ve learned.

4. Network, Network, Network
Everybody knows somebody—so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to colleagues outside of your immediate circle. Ask them to share their stories and for advice in developing yours —most are more than happy to help!

5. Show Appreciation
Everyone wants to feel appreciated. Thank your preceptors for taking the time to advise and mentor you. Even a small gesture will go a long way.

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Jessica Rea
Jessica is completing her second year in the Dietitian Nutritionist Program (MS) at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional areas of interest include chronic disease management, health education, and food access. Connect with her on LinkedIn.