Professional Practice for the Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (FND) student is not the post-graduate dietetic internship required to become a registered dietitian (R.D.). Professional Practice is an opportunity for the undergraduate FND student to gain valuable experiences at a dietetics-related site. Experiences gained through FCS 398, paid work, or volunteering are important to learn more about the dietetics field, and to strengthen your knowledge and experience prior to applying for and beginning a dietetic internship.
A minimum 2.0 GPA is required and FCS 200 must be completed. Placement is not guaranteed.
The four-part Professional Practice application is available on the FCS Advising page.
You will not be registered for FCS 398 until after your application has been approved by the Professional Practice Coordinator. Students and supervisors can expect to receive a confirmation email from the Coordinator once the deadline has passed and applications have been processed.
The Coordinator will then issue an override into their assigned faculty supervisor's section of FCS 398.
The Professional Practice course has five main purposes:
The onus of responsibility is on the student for finding a professional practice site that is aligned with their career goal. In addition, the student is expected to:
Just as the student has responsibilities to the employer, so too does the employer have related responsibilities to the student. The employer is expected to:
The faculty-supervisor also has responsibilities to insure that the internship is successful for all parties. The faculty supervisor is expected to:
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics students learn about all aspects of foods, from purchasing and preparation to service, so they are able counsel individuals on modifying their diet for greater health.