Dietetic Intern Position at South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

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I am very interested in pursing a dietetic intern position at South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). I am confident that this internship will provide me a wide variety of practical hands-on training in all aspects of the dietetic field, which is necessary to successfully reach my career goals as a Registered Dietitian (RD). Currently, I have been working as a community nutritionist for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for over a year and half. My job responsibilities at the office include determination of eligibility of clients, assessment of nutritional health risks, and presentation of nutrition education activities and materials to the clients. Although initial nutrition education for high-risk clients is usually the responsibility of an RD, I am very involved in health education for a diversity of clients. At the WIC office, I had the opportunity to work closely with Cassie Zumalt, RD, a former intern at SCDHEC, who strongly recommended me to apply your program. She has been a great mentor and friend of me with her high standards of professionalism, strong work ethic, and encouragement to explore further career development, which strongly motivated me to joining in a part of your team. My special interest has been always in the prevention of chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, and some types of cancers, because I believe many of these conditions are preventable by modifying lifestyle factors, such as by healthful eating and moderate physical activity. While I lived in Japan, I recognized people’s common dietary practices were ... ... middle of paper ... ...me to understand more of the U.S. culture, academic and medical trends if I am given the opportunity. I believe that this program will help me to learn more about how to make an impact on community health and how best to serve a diversity of patients and discover new professional internets. I am also fascinated with your Guardian Angel Program and Pre-Dietetic Internship Assignments for prospective interns. I feel that these support systems are really helpful for the interns to reaching their goals of becoming an RD. With my work, volunteer, and cultural experiences as well as success in academic courses, I believe I am well qualified by the SCDHEC’s admission standards. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and experience by working with and contributing to your team as well. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

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