Student Corner

Getting Work Experience before your Dietetic Internship

What kind of positions should I apply for?

  • Depending upon the state in which you reside there are a multitude of opportunities in school nutrition. Don’t be afraid to apply for a “non-director” position. You will need to learn ALL areas of the operation. Gain work experience as a cook, dishwasher, manager, school nutrition secretary. All these positions will help you learn the ins and outs of school nutrition.
  • If you cannot find any positions in a school, look towards to food industry. You can apply to work for manufacturers, brokers, or a distributor on the school nutrition side as well.


Websites for School Nutrition Positions

SNA Career Center:


A Day in the Life of a School Nutrition Director

Expected Competencies of a Director (pdf)


What’s “HOT” in Child Nutrition

CN Reauthorization – Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act


Internship Information:

Sarasota District Schools Food and Nutrition Services Dietetic Internship (pdf)

Alabama Department of Education, Foodservice Systems Management in Child Nutrition Dietetic Internship (pdf)

Paradise Valley Unified School District Dietetic Internship (pdf)

Florida Dietetic Internship Program