The Dietetic Internship Experience

Hello all, as my first blog post I spent time thinking what I would want to talk about first. Why not discuss the most relevant part in my life at this moment, my dietetic internship. I am now in the last phase of my internship doing my clinical rotation. To say I have ‘senioritis’ is an understatement.

This internship has been filled with many great experiences as well as hardships and i’ve felt at times lost in what I was doing. I mean, you fill a year with different rotation sites, and the internship I’m in has assigned various projects. Also, i’m also currently working on my master’s degree. Talk about enough to fill your brain and entire day!

If you are planning to apply or have already applied to an internship, my main advice would be to stay open-minded. Each area you go into brings different challenges that will grow you in a new way. I found it hard to not beat myself up over the experiences that were hard. I blamed myself so much when I made a mistake, but honestly this is the time for us to learn and grow.

I’ve been reading a book called, “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. This book has given me a lot of insight into embracing who you are versus hustling to be what other’s want. She discusses how often when people strive to be perfect, it is not striving to be your best. It is not about healthy achievement and growth. It can be a debilitating belief system that says: I am what I accomplish and how well I accomplish it.

This resonated so much for me, and I now realize as I am approaching the last few months of my internship, that I strived so much to be the best dietetic intern, that when I felt I didn’t hit the mark, I completely negative self-talked myself about why I was even doing the internship to begin with. So remember throughout this experience that you may be prepping for, already in, or have already completed, keep your passion alive for what you are doing and allow yourself to make mistakes along the way.