- A practicum is an in-depth supervised experience in an approved nutrition-related organization requiring a minimum of 200 hours at the site.
- Students may select from a wide array of organizations and agencies in which to conduct their practicum. This may include but is not limited to: federal, state or local government agencies, trade/professional/volunteer organizations, think tanks and management consulting firms, community health and nutrition centers and organizations, hospitals, senior care facilities, and others. International projects have also been considered.
- Students are supervised in the practicum by the academic advisor, practicum coordinator and a host agency preceptor/mentor. The preceptor/mentor of record must have a minimum of a master's degree in nutrition or a related discipline.
- Students are expected to begin their preparation for the practicum at least one semester prior to registering for the course. Preparation begins with enrolling in the pre-practicum course, NUTR 788.
Recent Practicum Experiences
- Advanced Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine Chiropractor
Project: To educate groups and patients to obtain peak health, improve treatment and symptoms of patients through diet and nutrition interventions
- Feeding America, National Hunger-Relief Organization, Public Advocacy Program
Project: Commitment Survey Project, Editing Feeding America publications, and Updating Congress Members Policy Advocacy Matrix
- USDA ARS Practicum Experience, What We Eat in America, NHANES, Dietary Collection, Coding, and Data Processing
Project: Instructional Training and Data Collection
- President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Project: Develop strategies to better promote and expand current programs and initiatives, support ongoing local programs and initiatives and support partners to engage, educate and empower Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle including physical activity.
- Fairfax County Office for Children, Community Education and Provider Services
Project: Developed resources for family child care providers to meet New Meal Pattern requirements, assisted in provider training and monitored provider visits, to ensure participation and compliance with USDA Meal Guidelines.
- IDEAL Obesity Institute: A Pediatric Obesity Clinic, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC
Project: Optimize the referral process for patients in DC, MD, VA, and provide additional providers, services and locations.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension, Arlington County Nutrition and Wellness
Project: Devloping 4-H Food Challenge Curriculum
- Real Food for Kids: Virginia Helping Healthy Happen Where We Live & Learn
Project: Developing and Delivering Education Programs to students and their families on making healthier choices.