The Aramark Dietetic Internship program is known as being “distance with a difference.” The program stands out from other distance programs by offering interns pre-selected sites to complete their internship rotations. The innovative concentration area of emerging trends in dietetics allows interns to not only become exposed to current trends but also implement and evaluate a current trend at their sites. The “Why Aramark?” video highlights all the ways the program stands out from others.
The 2017 ACEND standards serve as the foundation of the program. Every aspect of the program, from projects to supervised practice activities, are aligned with these standards to ensure our program develops competent entry-level RDNs.
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The internship program’s mission aligns with Aramark’s mission to “enrich and nourish lives.” Many outcomes are measured, ranging from RD exam pass rate to completion rate to hiring rate, among others. Outcomes reflect the graduates are well prepared for entry-level practice upon graduation.
Interns can either apply to the Aramark Dietetic Internship through the traditional spring match option or via the Aramark pre-select option. The Aramark preselect option is a benefit to qualified applicants who are either employed by Aramark or work for an Aramark manager. If preceptors recognize an employee who would qualify for Aramark’s preselect option, the employee should be encouraged to apply through pre-select instead of going through the traditional spring match.
The dietetics profession will start requiring a Master’s degree in order to be eligible to sit for the RD exam as of 2024. In preparation for this major change, the internship has started partnering with The University of Alabama to offer a MS in Human Nutrition. Although optional at this time, the internship will be transitioning over the next four years to a Future Graduate Program requiring all interns to obtain their MS degree.
Several changes have been made to the 2020-2021 program schedule due to the pandemic. This year, the program formally starts in mid-October with a virtual program orientation and ends in early May. Program hour requirements have decreased from 1200 to 1000 hours, which is supported by ACEND. All interns will start in the clinical rotation. Policies have been developed to help guide preceptors regarding program hours and time off for the interns.
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TIME OFF POLICY
The internship not only builds competence in interns but also professionalism. Interns must adhere to business casual dress guidelines unless otherwise designated by their site. Preceptors play a vital role with helping interns develop a professional appearance by ensuring their compliance with business casual guidelines.
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Each internship program must declare their own concentration area. Emerging trends in dietetics was chosen by the internship in order to encourage innovation in the interns. The concentration area has been incorporated into the program in many ways – from supervised practice activities to projects.
VIEW THE EMERGING TRENDS IN DIETETICS VIDEO
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