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Volunteer Opportunities - There are numerous avenues available through the department, university and community at large (hospitals, soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, etc.) for volunteering. In 1999, the students started a student dietetic association: Nutrition Education and Promotion Association (NEPA), which provides many avenues for one day or extended volunteer opportunities. Once you complete NSD 511 (Nutrition Education), consider doing some peer nutrition education on campus and in the community through ORANGE WRAP which stands for: Out Reach and Nutrition Group Education by Wellness Responsibility Advocating Peers. Their website is: orangewrap.syr.edu. If you are creative, consider writing for the college student magazine- Healthy You @ SU. Numerous other opportunities are available through the year associated with the campus RD’s, National Nutrition Month, the Central New York Dietetic Association or other avenues.
Volunteer opportunities will be shared often via class announcements, campus email and in the department.
To best assist you with the securing appropriate volunteer experiences, NSD students will register through The Shaw Center at the start of each academic year. We have established a process for nutrition students and have student nutrition volunteer coordinators working for The Shaw Center at 237 Schine http://shawcenter.syr.edu/what-we-do/partners/ Be sure to pick up a nutrition volunteer packet—not the general student population packet. Once you are registered you can secure opportunities available through the center and those announced through the department of NSD. You will be notified via email of your placement.
Contact your agency, volunteer, track your hours and activities. At the end of each semester/year you will record and evaluate your volunteer experiences.
The nutrition volunteer coordinator(s) email is: NSDVolunteer@syr.edu Nutrition students have acquired field experience through non-credit and credit-bearing internships. A few examples include: SU as a Peer Advisor & University 100, SU Dining Services, SU Health Center, soup kitchens and pantries, diabetes camps, weight loss centers, WIC, private consulting dietitians, and Wegmans.
Some students have done the “paid” (and includes room and board) eight-week food service management internship through NACUFS (Applications are due mid-January) http://www.nacufs.org/careers-internships/students/ Students may consider doing informational interviews with professionals, which can lead to promising contacts.
Use your breaks at home wisely by doing the necessary research, calling, and informational interviews to help you land the best volunteer and work experiences for your summers at home. Acquire a variety of nutritionrelated volunteer/work experience to help you explore the field and to build your resume.
Other Extracurricular Experiences:
Research Experience with an SU faculty member – All faculty teach, conduct research and provide service in the community. Consider doing a research experience with a faculty member in the department.
Many faculty provide easy opportunities through their classes for you to get a safe and simple exposure to research- but maybe you want more. If you are ever considering an honors thesis, graduate school or simply interested in the investigative processes, you can volunteer or do an independent study for credit. Interview the various faculty to find out what they have going on and how you could get involved.
DC Public Policy Workshop – Attend sessions for students on the legislative process and meet with your legislators! For 2009 and 2010 it was run as a webinar online and was free. Once you do the training you can then meet with legislators locally with our CNYDA legislative link.
Legislative Advocacy Day – located in Albany early March or May. Work side by side with Nutrition professionals to influence NY state legislators.
Work Experience - Obtaining work experience is also essential to help you apply what you are learning in class, to investigate the field and to build your resume. Just as with volunteering, the opportunities are endless and really depend upon your motivation and perseverance. Part-time and summer position are available in hospitals and long term care facilities (dietary aid, food service worker or Dietetic Technician), camps, restaurants, bakery, aerobics instructor, SU food service, community agencies, schools, day care, long term care facilities, home health care, etc.
FNCE - Food and Nutrition Conference Expo-annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting. This year it is held in Boston, MA from October 15-18th.
Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) - Students are encouraged to join AND as an Associate member at a cost of $58.00/year. Student membership directions and forms http://www.eatright.org/students/join/
Meeting one of the following:
* Category 1 - is a graduate of a baccalaureate degree program who has completed ACEND accredited academic requirements, but is not yet eligible for Active membership, or * Category 2 - is a student enrolled in a ACEND accredited dietetics program or supervised practice program who does not meet requirements for Active membership, or * Category 3 - is a student enrolled in a regionally accredited, post-secondary education program which is non-ACEND accredited. This classification is available to students who state their intent to enter a ACEND accredited program. Membership in Category 3 is limited to three years.
A few benefits to members of AND include: receive the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics monthly and AND Courier quarterly, gain access to the AND members’ only places, automatic membership in your State Dietetic Association, attend annual conference at reduced rate, apply for AND scholarships, join dietetic practice groups, hold appointed positions at national and Affiliate levels as designated by the House of Delegates.
Membership in the Central New York Dietetic Association (CNYDA). $10.00 student rate/yr, professional session, opportunities for National Nutrition Month, networking, scholarships, etc.
http://www.cnyda.org/ Student Membership in the Society for Nutrition Education - Individuals who are registered as full-time students or are actively working on a degree at an accredited college or university are eligible for student membership. All students must have their membership application signed by a faculty member to verify student status. Dues: $60.00/year (prorated – depending upon when you join). http://sne.org/ A few benefits of SNE membership include: Networking opportunities; Leadership and professional development; mailed publications - Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and SNE Communicator;
Reduced registration rates for annual meeting; Eligible for student scholarships and awards; Access to SNE's listserv; Information on nutrition policy issues relevant to the public's health and well-being; opportunity to participate in special interest divisions.
P. Portfolio What is a portfolio? A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student’s efforts, progress and achievement in one or more areas. It is a crucial part of the internship or job selection process. It may not only get you an interview, but it also may clinch an internship spot or job offer. It is important for you to have an effective way to show your work. A portfolio should demonstrate self-awareness, understanding of the field, creative ability, technical proficiency, and an abundance of ideas. It should be a systematic package of your visual solutions to real or practice assignments. The overall appearance and content of your portfolio leaves a lasting impression about your unique style, talent and expertise.
Why keep a portfolio?
It is a method for tracking your accomplishments.
It is a marketing tool representing you.
Depending upon the quality of your experiences and documentation, some supervised practice programs might give you clock hour credit.
The Best Portfolio * Is neat and carefully organized.
* Includes samples of high quality.
* Doesn’t include everything you've ever done. Choose only your very best work and select pieces that are relevant to the internship/employment selection committee.
* Demonstrates consistency in style and skill.
* Includes a sample of work in different stages to show your progression of ideas/learning * Includes how you solved problems with alternate solutions to demonstrate creative versatility.
* Illustrates your skills and talents.
* Displays your accomplishments.
* Explains your resume.
* Markets who you are and what you’ve done.
* Is a communication tool during an interview.
* Helps you know and understand yourself better, to set goals and to be able to talk about who you are, what you’ve done and what you want to accomplish.
Developing Your Portfolio * On the volunteer/experience form in the Appendix, track your experiences/assignments that you might want to include in your portfolio.
* Start a holding box to secure these examples until you are ready to assemble it.
* Research the potential internship or employer. Slant your portfolio's contents to solutions developed with these customers in mind.
* Review, assemble examples and develop a sequence for your work. Start with your strongest and most favorite work.
* Organize your portfolio to demonstrate how your skills will meet their needs and how they can profit from it.
* Choose pieces to represent your interests and philosophy.
* Decide on an orientation (portrait or landscape). Don't have pieces facing in different directions.
* Create an introduction and a list of contents.
* Evaluate. Get feedback from faculty/ career specialist on content & presentation.
Engaged in Inter-professional learning and experiences Mentoring relationships Volunteer work Cross learning (applying what you learned in one class to another or to a volunteer experience) Outcomes Meeting ACEND Knowledge and Skills Competencies through class assignments, volunteer & work Accomplishments Meeting and work toward goals Content for your portfolio- a few ideas….
One page resume Followed by your philosophy A page or two from your NSD116 or NSD 275 pre- or post-production report that illustrates what you were doing as manager Print "handout" in 6 slides per page format of a PowerPoint presentation you created The printout of the webpage you designed A menu from a restaurant where you were a cook for one or more of the menu items Your advocacy letter from NSD 455 A flyer or brochure you designed to promote an activity for your organization Protocol page from a research project you assisted Printout from Food Processor results Photo w/caption of a display you created to educate the public on a nutrition or wellness issue A Cut out of an article you wrote for the Daily Orange or local newspaper Certificate of an award you won or membership in an honor society Letter of thanks for volunteering at food or nutrition-related community service organization A nutrition education piece designed in NSD 511 Photos of a research poster session you helped to author
from NSD 457/654 research paper A copy of your client evaluation and or self-evaluation from NSD 512 How should you create a professional portfolio- from Kimeldorf’s Portfolio Power
1. Develop a collection of data for the portfolio’s content
2. Analyze the data critically and prioritize each portfolio element
3. Plot your career goals and career changes
4. Assemble your portfolio to target your goals
5. Check your final portfolio for details
6. Professional appearance
7. Have it reviewed by others
8. Practice incorporating it into an interview.
Portfolio Format - Most experts agree that the portfolio should have between 10 - 20 diverse pieces. All pieces should be of excellent quality, not a returned graded (marked) assignment. The most common portfolio is simulated leather, multi-ring with pages that allow inclusion of loose samples. This has the advantage of keeping your work in sequence and well protected. Avoid large, "student" size books, stick with 8 or 11x14".
This portfolio will contain the START of a collection of things you have created.
Type a short explanation caption to attach to each item if it isn't self-explanatory.
Purpose External review Self-evaluation Goals More and more students are turning to technology to showcase their work on CD-ROMs, laptops or through the WWW. For example, your work can be burned on a CD at very little cost and mailed to prospective employer/internship director. As access to the WWW becomes commonplace and designers are developing solid Web design skills, creating a site that showcases your work is yet another option. As with any portfolio, only include work on your site that you would want an employer to see. It is wise to check to see what an employer's preference and capabilities are in terms of viewing a disk or an interactive version of your portfolio.
Showing Your Portfolio - Your initial contact may be with a resume, but after a potential internship director or employer sees it they may want to see more of your work. Some firms have a drop off policy or set up appointments to see your work via a portfolio. Because things can get lost, it may be prudent to include only duplicates that can be replaced if you are not present for the review and show originals when you can be there.
Label your portfolio with your name, address and phone number. When presenting your portfolio, allow your work to speak for itself. Be prepared to answer questions about your work. Your portfolio is probably the most important marketing piece you will create. Take the necessary time and effort to develop one that represents your creative talent, abilities and potential.
For Additional Information:
Come review one of the model portfolios Nancy Rindfuss has in her office Kimeldorf, M. Portfolio Power: The New Way to Showcase All Your Job Skills & Experiences “Presentation and Display Book” by ITOYA – costs $10.00 – ½” binder & 24 plastic sleeves.
Haller, L. (editor) Fresh Ideas in Promotion.