The Dietetic Internship: My Advice + What They Don't Tell You

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  1. Breanna Fountain on April 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Becca, can you a video about tips/tricks to getting through Medical Nutrition Therapy course you take senior year? maybe things you would have known before you started to do better?

  2. Shyz Shyz on April 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    hi..pls answer me.are dietetics students taught to cook non veg??

  3. Michael Konopka on April 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    great, but you could have said this(EASILY) in 10 mins… not 21:07

  4. Penguins Willeatyourbaby on April 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    holy tits, ur hot

  5. Najia Jones on April 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I loved your video. I wish my parents would have talked to me openly. You are a great person.

  6. Brianna Johnson on April 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    the VA pays

  7. Stacey’s Channel on April 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Before I enter the program to study nutrition do I need science math or English ? Before I go to a university what to expect essays ? I’m not that smart but I love nutrition How would I pay a month for this career?

  8. Andrew Colin on April 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    It’s annoying, forced work, and trying to get matched, and where to find one. Not to happy looking at this video :/

  9. Giulia Buzzi on April 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Realistically, how much time is really taken away from you? I guess I’m just asking is there really no way to have a job on the weekends?

  10. sisyphus-wins on April 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    The internship is the WORST part of becoming an RD & my program certainly didn’t prepare us adequately for the application process. They pretty much sat us down in November & said:

    "Hey, there’s a huge matching process coming up in April & there aren’t enough internship positions out there for you all & you should have been getting volunteer experience the whole time you’ve been here. Oh, and there’s this weird ranking thing so don’t apply to too many programs but apply to enough so you can have a better chance of getting selected & if you don’t get matched you can twiddle your thumbs for a year but you might get lucky & get picked for the pity match later on in the year.."

    A lot of people left that meeting in tears (no exaggeration) & there were a few students who were far better academically than me who didn’t get matched. This is such a deflating part of becoming an RD & I think things need to be changed so that qualified students are able to progress to the next level in their training & career.

    My best piece of advice is to just try to pick a Master Degree program that has the internship already built in. You’ll have more control over your future & even though it will cost you quite a bit more money, you’ll at least have a Master’s Degree AND an Internship for not a whole lot more time spent.

  11. Yannie Chen on April 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Great video! I completely followed with what you said. Highly appreciate you sharing your thoughts and opinions.

  12. rsklmn on April 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    currently student teaching. Feelings are mutual 🙂 6am wake up call to work for free 🙂

  13. Marissa Wold on April 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this video!! I am studying Nutrition and Dietetics at my college right now and loved hearing your advice!! Great video, definitely going to keep subscribing!! 🙂

  14. davah Mullis on April 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Becca! I am a biology major wanting to pursue a career in dietetics. I am very indecisive and am not sure if it is the right fit for me. I am currently taking my pre reqs and if i were to change my major it would not hurt me brutally. I want to have a career in a field I am passionate about. I have not figured that out yet, which is why I am struggling with deciding a major/career. I am going into my third year of college and I am out of wiggle room and need to decide soon. I love to help and interact with people, I love my biology courses but not sure if it is my passion. I really want to be an entrepreneur, but I feel as if I need a back up plan which is why I am really majoring in Biology and have a steady job incase my business failed. What are your thoughts? What do you do day to day as a dietician? What are your inputs pursuing a dietician degree? Are there other routes similar? Do you love what you do? What are your recommendations?

  15. Jasia on April 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Girlfriend! I totally feel you. I’m a DPT and my husband is a surgeon. I think both of us would agree that our internships were the hardest part of the entire academic/clinical experience. So, across the board no matter what your focus is, it sounds like the process is one big ball of BLAH! Lol!

  16. Qingyi Zhang on April 19, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    OMG! You’re a Penn Stater!

  17. Rose0fire on April 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I really don’t understand the negative comments about this video. I want to get into dietetics, and I’ve been asking RDs about their overall experiences. This is the first time I hear a fully detailed reply. I already have a few personal projects for when I get my credentials, but I know I’m going to have to go through moments and jobs that aren’t so much fun. Of course, I’m not in the US, so the structure might be different, but its good to know that its not all sunshines and rainbows, no matter where you are, and that people get through it anyway 🙂 That’s life. Thanks for sharing your 2 cents 🙂

  18. Allie Joséphine on April 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    When do you do this internship?

  19. Charesa Garrett on April 19, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Hey Becca,
    I just watched your video and I thank you for sharing your experiences. I’m interested in knowing where you completed your internship rounds. Did where you work contribute to your dissatisfaction? Did any of your fellow classmates have different experiences than yours?

  20. Najah Carter on April 19, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    very helpful!

  21. Jackie Laniado Sutton on April 19, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Did you do a distance internship?

  22. Mallorey Rogers on April 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    If it makes you feel any better Becca the unpaid, year long internship process is the same for a lot of other fields other than nutrition. As an education major I had to student teach for an entire year without pay as well. It’s just part of getting your degree in a lot of fields. But the difference with me is my advisors actually told us this up front so I was prepared. It’s sad that they weren’t that way with you guys!! That IS so frustrating!

  23. wntrfrsh614 on April 19, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I’m newly considering going back to school and loved hearing your true feelings about this! I’m still not sure which route I’ll take; either a masters in business, or back for a second bachelors to start the path towards a career as an RD. Thank you for sharing so openly.

  24. Angelica Hernandez on April 19, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Can you get financial aid to cover some of the costs of the internship?

  25. lisacheyenne100 on April 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I just got accepted to an internship at my undergrad school so I will be able to live at home during it just like you! Glad I’m not the only one! Thank you for this video!!!! I watched it a while ago and just watched it again for a refresher. LOVE ALL YOUR VIDEOS! And how you use real facts and studies as evidence instead of just telling us a food is good/bad.

  26. G & G Nutrition Co. on April 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I agree with how much it sucks to go a year without working, but I would recommend against trying to work or having a part-time job during your internship. My job let me take a leave of absence to complete my dietetic internship but I did work 6-12 hours per week on certain projects from home. Even though I could schedule this as I pleased, it was a huge burden and added a lot of stress to me during my internship rotations. In hindsight, I wish I had not worked at all so I could have used that extra time for either networking on relaxation. It definitely took away from my experience to work.

  27. Mel Mack on April 19, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    so do you have job at a hospital or clinic or school and or HMO’s insurance company?

  28. Igor Kezin on April 19, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Hahaha! I read some of the comments here and while they sound mean, they are true.
    I watched this video before starting my internship and all I saw was a white Californian girl whining about the hardship of life. Now I’m rewatching this video in my last weeks of my internship and agreeing with everything. It is important that you do get to the point and don’t circle your thoughts over and over. Although, I’m not sure I would have taken this information more seriously if it was delivered in a different way. You come out of school totally brainwashed: they tell you you’re gonna matter, you’ll know things that doctors don’t know, you’ll be able to almost save lives…
    Internship sucks big time, no-one I know thinks that it’s great, every day of my internship I had one thing on my mind: "WHY?"
    If you are in a relationship, you should know that it’s gonna be seriously tested. Not every internship will allow you to find a side job, unless you’re one of those people who can sleep 2 hours a day.
    In conclusion, Becca is right x 10

  29. Hello Healthy on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Not all dietitians do a traditional internship. Some do a distance internship (which is cheaper and possibly easier to drive too locations) and others go through WIC (which is free and paid). As far as finiding a job with just a B.S. in nutrition goes, public health departments and nutrition weight loss clinics as well as companies like Jenny Craig prefer hiring people with nutrition degrees first. I have heard the military or VA also offer a paid an internship, but not all states will offer that. I had several offers before becoming a WIC nutritionist after graduating from my program in GA just as a nutritionist, so don’t despair and learn how to market yourself. Even grocery stores are now looking for people to lead healthy grocery tours and cooking demonstrations.

  30. hattrickk333 on April 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I’m currently a freshmen in college and I use the negative aspects such as competitive internships as motivation

  31. ChristineLanteigne1 on April 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Loved your video! I was searching for registered dietitian on youtube and found you. I am from NB, Canada, and here our internship is integrated with our bachelor (still not paid). I guess we are pretty lucky!

  32. tamisha molden on April 19, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Can you make a video about the Rd exam and your job?

  33. Alan Baker on April 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Fuck all the negative comments. I needed this. THANK YOU

  34. Lexi Fisccher on April 19, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    thank you so much for this amazing advice <33

  35. Mariah Simons on April 19, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    This was very helpful and informative. After you talked about getting a side job, I think I’ll plan on driving for lyft and uber for that year

  36. molly a on April 19, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    I am at the end of my internship and this is the most realistic and honest video! I wish I watched this before my rotations- you seriously hit everything on the head. The internship process is a VERY difficult one mentally but it’s worth it in the end!

  37. Teresa on April 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Hey you made it , good for you. Although this video could really be downer for people who are looking forward to internship and then graduating. Cannot hear any advice that helps anybody.

  38. Viv M on April 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    How important was it for you during the internship to have a strong background in chemistry? I am struggling with the chem components of nutrition & wanted to know how truly relevant they are when it comes to actual application or actually doing  RDN work in a clinical setting? @beccabristow

  39. Ms. Lee on April 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Thx for making this video! I loved it!

  40. Depressed Vampwolf on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Sunshine and rainbows :'(

  41. Izzy on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    13:36 – About interning @ different locations + advice

  42. European Gal on April 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    How long was your internship? Which college did you attend? Thank you

  43. Sarah Lilly on April 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Dang…i didn’t know you had to pay tuition to work the internship…that’s bunk…

  44. Christopher Gomez on April 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I’m currently in DTR school. I want to transfer completely into RD school at DYouville College in Buffalo, NY. This is extremely helpful, I’m doing as much research on whatever I can about the field and different industries where it’s usable. Your experience and talking about it is really helpful.

  45. Amy Ng on April 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    i’m starting the internship in about a month so i really appreciate this video! i’ve heard "keep an open mind" so many times from the DI director, the previous DI class, and alums lolol.

  46. Nutrition Elevated on April 19, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    This resonates with me! DI year was a tough experience for me as well (and mine didn’t even last 11 months, so props to you for that)! I wouldn’t trade that year for anything though because what I learned about the field and the self-development I underwent is such a huge part of who I became as an RD.

  47. Elaine Cooke on April 19, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Loved this video! As an undergraduate looking to apply to different internships this was super helpful as just a heads up to not be blindsided. Awesome to hear different stories from multiple people.

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