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 Internship Fair
Sunday, October 22
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel (Regency Ballroom)
Obtaining an internship in this competitive landscape can be difficult these days. The student internship fair is designed to help students meet and network with dietetic internship, coordinated program and ISPP 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.
Presented by Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors
Center for Career Opportunities
Monday, October 23
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Registration C area outside Exhibit Hall F2
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.
Dedicated Student Sessions
121. Hot Career Paths in Nutrition: Expert Panel
Day: Monday, October 23
Time: 8-9:30 a.m.
Room: W183 ABC
This informal, interactive session highlights four outstanding dietetic professionals who have taken their careers in exciting, non-traditional directions. Our expert panel includes dietetic entrepreneurs working in media, home delivered meals, business consulting and training, and telehealth.
Speakers: Anne Wolf, MS, RDN; Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD; Donna Manring, NDTR, Rebecca Lewis, MS, RDN
433. Yes You Can! Proven Strategies to Secure a Dietetic Internship
Day: Monday, October 23
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Room: W192 ABC
This is a not-to-be-missed session for dietetic students, advisors, and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) directors attending FNCE. Students will gain the competitive edge for securing a dietetic internship (DI). Attendees will learn how to utilize the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics computer matching resources for students, wade through the maze of internship sites to narrow their personalized selections, create dynamic and memorable applications, choose key individuals to write strong recommendation letters, and ace the interview process. Two seasoned, Boston-based DI directors will share their collective 35 years of wisdom on all aspects of the application process, from the role of the GPA to work experience as well as the significance of references and resumes. Students will leave this session empowered to tackle the DI match process with confidence.
Speakers: Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND; Julia Robarts, MS, MPH, RDN, LDN
432. The Entrepreneurial Professional: Innovative Strategies to Customize Your Career
Day: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 8-9:30 a.m.
Room: 183 ABC
With the growth of nutrition opportunities over the last few years, there are more ways to be a successful full-time or part-time nutrition entrepreneur without starting a private practice. This interactive panel discussion will center on non-traditional ways nutrition practitioners can build their businesses. Learn how to develop multiple streams of income including corporate wellness consulting, freelance writing and blogging, virtual nutrition coaching, brand partnerships, speaking engagements, spokesperson work, and more. The panel features four nutrition entrepreneurs who have taken different paths on their road to business success. Each panelist will share successes and failures they have faced during their entrepreneurial journey, along with actionable advice on how to overcome roadblocks as you start the nutrition business of your dreams.
Speakers: Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS; Jim White, RDN, ACSM-HFS; Lori Zanini, RD, CDE; Regan Jones, RDN