Student Opportunities

Take your FNCE® experience to the next level by attending a variety of sessions and activities designed just for you by the Student Advisory Committee and the Committee for Lifelong Learning.

Student Host Program

Approximately 150 student members have the opportunity to participate at FNCE® as student hosts.

Student Host Program

Student Internship/Supervised Practice Fair

Sunday, October 21

Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Ballroom 6‐10

Obtaining an internship or supervised practice position in this competitive landscape can be difficult these days. The student internship/supervised practice fair is designed to help students meet and network with Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program, ISPP and Future Education Model program directors from all over the United States. Over 100 programs will have faculty and/or interns available to discuss their program and admission criteria and to distribute program handouts or brochures. Come prepared with your questions and bring your resume and/or business cards to leave with the program (s) of your choice. Students do not need to register for FNCE® to attend this event.

Presented by Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors

Center for Career Opportunities

Monday, October 22

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: WEWCC – Hall D

Share your résumé, skills and goals one-on-one with potential employers! This is a rare opportunity for students to meet with employers from across the country, as well as educational institutions providing information on graduate programs and offering guidance on how to get noticed in the field.

Student Social Lounge

October 20 – 23

Location: West Overlook, Level 2

Come hang, network with other students, play some games, charge your devices or just rest your feet.

Staff will be visiting this lounge throughout the conference to see if you have any questions or to help you map out your day.

Dedicated Student Programming

Learning Lounge: My Exam Preparation Techniques That Led to Success!

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 3:10 – 3:25 p.m.
Room: L Street Bridge

Internship directors and professors continually prepare each dietetic intern academically and professionally to become registration eligible and successfully pass the registration exam. While no RDN will ever forget taking their registration examination, memories fade, and test-taking procedures evolve.

This presentation shares a firsthand account and success story of one recently credentialed dietitian’s process of preparing and passing the registration examination. While each internship experience and structure is different, the end goal is the same.

Key points covered will include an explanation of what the registration process looks like detailing realistic time frames and what to expect. Information on how to create an effective study plan, efficient study strategies, personal recommendations as well as what to expect upon arrival and tips for taking the test will also be discussed.

Speakers: Anna Acre, MS, RDN, LD

274. It’s a Match! Strategies to Help You Match to a Dietetic Internship

Day: Sunday, October 21
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Room: 152 AB

This upbeat session will empower students with the skills and tools to secure a match to one of their top dietetic internship choices. Attendees will learn how to utilize the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics computer matching resources, wade through the maze of internship sites to improve their match potential, create a dynamic and memorable application, choose key individuals to write strong recommendations, and ace the interview process. The speakers will share their collective 35 years of helping students secure a dietetic internship.

Speakers: Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND; Julia Robarts, MS, MPH, RDN, LDN

124. Hot Career Paths in Nutrition: Expert Panel

Day: Monday, October 22
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Room: Ballroom BC

This informal, interactive session highlights four outstanding dietetic professionals who have taken their careers in exciting, non-traditional directions. This expert panel includes registered dietitian nutritionists working as a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian Supervisor, an expert in nutrition messaging for the media, the Food and Nutrition Director for Cooking Light magazine, and the sports dietitian for the U.S. Department of Defense. Attendees at this session will be inspired to reach for their highest ambitions.

Speakers: Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD; Chris Mohr, PhD, RD; Brierly Horton, MS, RD; Lori Tubbs, MS, RDN

383. Going the Distance: Benefits, Barriers and Current Opportunities of Distance Dietetic Internships

Day: Monday, October 22
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Room: 207 AB

Distance internship programs have quickly become standard in dietetics; approximately two of every five dietetic interns participate in distance programs. As distance programs become as competitive as standard programs, a strong application is critical to acceptance. This session will outline the structure of distance dietetic internship programs, noting similarities to standard programs while highlighting the unique requirements of distance programs, such as securing a preceptor and scheduling rotations prior to submission. The session will provide strategies to fulfill these requirements and help interns craft unique applications to set themselves apart from the competition.

Speakers: Nicole Withrow, PhD, MS, RD; Lacie Peterson, MS, RDN, CDE; Jennifer Tate, MDA, RD, SNS

Additional Programming

Sunday, October 21

Monday, October 22

Tuesday, October 23