Looking at the examples under the course options listed below might give you an idea of where to start. A site could be in Burlington, elsewhere in Vermont or out-of-state. You may generate an idea by speaking with your advisor or another faculty member who knows you. If you have an idea about where you would like to do a placement, but are not sure how to approach somebody, you may prefer to set up an appointment with the NFS Practicum or Internship Coordinator first.
- You can set up an appointment with the NFS 274 Practicum Coordinator, Kelsey Rose, MPH, RD, or the Internship/Research Coordinator, Beth Bradley, PhD.
You do not need to come with a pre-determined idea of where you would like to be placed. Together with the NFS Praticum and Internship/Reseach Coordinators you will consider your interests and inclinations. The goal will be to identify some options for follow-up. In some cases, following your appointment, the NFS Practicum or Internship/Research Coordinator will make initial contact with a potential supervisor. In other cases, you will initiate the process.
- NFS 096/NFS 196/NFS 296 Internship:
For Food Science Concentration and Nutrition, Sustainability and Society Concentration students (Dietetics Concentration students register for NFS 274), an on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by an NFS faculty member for which academic credit is given.
An internship contract is filled out by the NFS student, with details negotiated with the student and the internship supervisor, and approved by the NFS Internship Coordinator.
- NFS 198/NFS 298 Undergraduate Research:
Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of an NFS faculty member for which academic credit is given.
A research contract outlining the research is filled out and signed by the student and the NFS faculty research supervisor and given to the NFS Research Coordinator.
- NFS 274 Community Practicum for dietetics students only:
This is a required component of the dietetics concentration curriculum that is an on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan coordinated by the Practicum Coordinator for which academic credit is given.
A practicum contract is filled out by the dietetics concentration student, with details negotiated with the student and the practicum supervisor, and reviewed by the NFS Practicum Coordinator.
The supervisor at your practicum/internship placement will recommend a grade as part of the written evaluation completed at the end of the semester. It is up to the NFS Practicum or Internship/Research Coordinator to submit your final grade. Your oral presentation will not be assigned a grade. However, the quality of your presentation, as well as your participation in the mandatory presentation class, will influence the grade recommended by your supervisor.