Happy First day of SUMMER!!! I am currently on a bus to NYC where I'm meeting up with Steph to go to Solstice Yoga in Times Square. I wanted to share with you something I've been reading on my trip up here: "Getting Matched"
I am working with Jenny Westerkamp, the founder of All Access Internships as a social media intern this summer. She just released a new e-book "Getting Matched: a Guide for Dietetics Students" and asked me to review it. Well I loved it-and highly recommend it to any nutrition students in the process of looking at/applying for dietetic internships, the final step pre-RD. Nutrition students everywhere are in a tough spot: in April 2010 match, 4,169 students applied for DI positions and only 2,076 students received a match in the first round. Since the internships (much like Rotations in Med School) are required before sitting for the RD exam, this can be a very stressful process. This summer I am really focusing on researching DI sites, and doing a lot of self-reflection on what I want out of an internship, and where I think my career path is headed.
All-Access Internships is a GREAT resource for any nutrition students-it has links to get more experience, testimonials for past interns, and many articles about the nutrition profession and internships sites. Westerkamp also offers individual and group coaching as well as a monthly newsletter, a list serv community, a blog by dietetics students, intern testimonials, videocasts, tips, and discussions on Facebook and Twitter.
I jumped at the chance to read and review "Getting Matched: a Guide for Dietetics Students" and it was WELL worth the read! Well-written, thorough, and fun to read, there were so many tips to take away from it! Here are a few of the highlights:
- I really enjoyed reading success stories from students and interns across the country; what they did differently to be admitted and how I could make my application stand out. There were also interviews with DI directors, and what they look for in applicants.
- I loved that instead of bland generic advice, such as 'get good grades and have a lot of experience' there were specific action steps listed throughout the book. A lot of these steps went straight on my To-Do list
- Great tips for creating a stellar resume-what i need to do right now!
- How to Rock an Interview-pointers, and tips/tricks
- A list of the many possible jobs for RDs was very uplifting and inspiring! RDs definitely aren't just in hospital kitchens people! One of my favorite things about meeting RDs is the myriad of different jobs they hold, from chef, to PR consultants. Networking and talking to current RDs is one of my favorite things about this career path-there are so many amazing, fascinating (mostly women) with excellent careers out there. So inspiring!
With a positive, upbeat attitude Westerkamp provides a great how-to for us nutrition students. If you are planning on applying to a dietetic internship I highly recommend you get Getting Matched. It's not expensive and an indispensable resource!
Jenny included this quote in the book, and I couldn't agree more:
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turnout.”John Wooden
What have you been reading lately? If you are a nutrition student or RD I'd love to hear any tips or thoughts on the application process!