Kayla interned at BYU during Winter 2022 semester.
Describe a day in your life as an intern.
As a dietetic intern, I spent my time in a variety of settings. These included community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and corporate wellness. In each of these roles, I'd conduct nutrition assessments, provided nutrition education, utilize medical nutrition therapy, and perform follow-up evaluations. I also helped to teach cooking classes, develop recipes, and worked on various management-related projects.
What industry/job specific skills did you learn?
I learned the work associated with being a dietitian.
What are three things that you learned from this experience that could be applied to other settings?
Management, how to be an effective leader, especially in nutrition-related or clinical settings. How to be an effective communicator, it's important to be sure both parties understand what is being said. And the importance of time management, to not stress over the details but to still be on top of all my assignments and internship responsibilities.
What was your favorite part of your internship?
Being able to work with dietitians!
How did this experience affect your future goals?
I needed this internship to qualify for the licensing exam to become a dietitian. It also helped me to find out which areas of dietetics are most interesting to me!
How did you get your internship?
Through BYU and as part of my graduate program.
How did this experience contribute to your growth?
I developed in a variety of ways. I feel way more confident of working as a dietitian in almost any entry level role. I also feel accomplished because this was a 1200 hour unpaid internship that I did along with a couple of classes. It was a lot of hard work, but I'm so proud of myself for getting through it.