Interns will spend approximately 256 hours (eight 4-day weeks) in a food service management (FSM) rotation, gaining managerial experience in a food service environment. Most FSM rotations are located within school or healthcare systems. Other opportunities for FSM experience may be available and include Meals-on-Wheels facilities and Head Start programs.
Interns will spend approximately 256 hours (eight 4-day weeks) in a community rotation, gaining nutrition and dietetic-related skills in a variety of settings within the community. This rotation offers the most diverse opportunities for interns ranging from the Food Bank of Western Mass to a pediatric endocrine clinic.
Interns will also spend approximately 256 hours (eight 4-day weeks) in a clinical rotation. A pre-clinical workshop is held to review the basics, followed by approximately 96-128 hours (three or four 4-day weeks) of simulated, interactive case studies. This prepares the interns for their in-person clinical experience. The interns will also spend 24 hours (one 3-day week) in long-term care (LTC).
In addition to the above main rotations, interns spend 48 hours (two 3-day weeks) at a Veterans Affairs (VA) rotation where they get individual and group counseling experience. They also get to choose a specialty rotation (“plan your own - PYO”) where they will spend 64 hours (two 4-day weeks) working in an area of personal interest. While the interns are encouraged to reach out to the individual preceptors (this encourages networking and fosters initiative), the director has a list of rotation options and contact information from which to choose. It is not expected that the interns facilitate the PYO rotation solely on their own.
The 32-hour weeks do not include travel time, work on projects, or other outside preparation. There will be a two-week break at the end of December through the New Year.