IUP has a unique way to earn credits, while also gaining professional experience. FDNT 493, Internship, provides this opportunity.
Internship credits count towards “elective” credits in the Dietetic Track curriculum. A three-credit internship is required in the Nutrition Track.
A student must have earned at least 57 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Their experience and measurable objectives must be approved by the faculty member that is the coordinator of the FDNT 493 for the term that the internship is completed. A student
must work a minimum of 40 hours for each credit and must submit two objectives for each credit. Students must complete the documentation or projects that are included in the objectives.
An important aspect of obtaining an internship is that IUP must have an agreement with the internship site. Once the student and faculty adviser have agreed with a site representative that the student can obtain professional experience, the faculty member
will work with the Dean’s Office to have the agreement signed. Without a signed agreement, students may not go to the internship site under a credit-bearing relationship with IUP. Because of the time that it takes to have a contract signed, following
the deadlines are crucial. For more information, visit the College of Health and Human Service Internship page.
If students live 25 or more miles from campus while doing their internship, they can apply to have the health fee and activity fee waived. Learn more about tuition costs.
Depending on the internship site, immunizations or malpractice insurance might be required; student interns are responsible for these costs.
IUP does not allow more than 12 credits to count toward an undergraduate degree. Students in the Department of Food and Nutrition usually enroll for a three-credit internship.
Absolutely! But you will not earn academic credit. Many students make their own contacts and have wonderful experiences. We recommend the following steps:
Have fun, and celebrate learning!
Offer to speak to younger students; offer your digital pictures to the department to feature you and your project on the department website. Help us help other students!
Each semester there is one faculty member that helps students arrange undergraduate internships. This person can be identified by asking in the department office.
Practice the nutrition care process:
Recommend and calculate table feedings as possible
Assist patients in choosing meals according to their meal plans