Today marked the completion of my first week as a dietetic intern! After four years of grueling coursework, a lengthy application process, and a very anxious match day, I was ecstatic to be matched with the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship. Throughout the summer I had been working on assignments to prepare for this 10.5 month program with an emphasis in information technology and communication, and I’m excited to begin!
The first few days were comprised mainly of orientation and entry procedures. The 10 of us got to know each other pretty quickly as we learned about what we would be doing at our various rotations. In the first few days, we traveled to Baltimore’s Harbor Hospital, the University of Maryland campus, Riderwood Village in Silver Spring, and the National Agriculture Library (NAL).
The Registered Dietitians that work at NAL taught us about using websites and social media to share nutrition information with the public. They covered topics such as maintaining a positive presence on the internet, using twitter, and creating Web sites. As interns, we are even responsible for submitting tweets and blog entries for the program! Because of my strong interest in using communication via the internet in my future as a dietitian, I found these lessons to be especially useful. I am eager to begin building my own electronic portfolio that will showcase my work during the internship.
One week down, and so far so good! TGIF!