I am studying BSC in Nutrition and Food sciences. My desire is to do a dietitian internship program in your organization. I have a true passion for Nutrition and Dietetics and wish to pursue a career in the field of pediatrics practice. I have participated in many activities as a volunteer and have good experience. I am enthusiastic about learning and I want to gain more knowledge and experience to be fully equipped in my career. I have understood the requirements of this study from the different exposures I got from doing voluntary services and also from other jobs.
I have learnt from my experience as a volunteer in the department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology that dietitians have a great responsibility in handling patients and creating awareness in people about health and nutrition. I have worked on Evidence Based Approach to Dietary Management of Prader-Willi syndrome .With the guidance of experts I learnt to measure and prepare their prescribed meals .It made me understand their problem and how to handle them. The diet for them should be to manage obesity. Being able to create a relationship with the participants I was able to collect and record the necessary information.
Nutritionists have to be experts in food and nutrition. They need to be well organized and should be able to assess the patient’s dietary habits and guide them to follow healthy eating habits. I have worked as a volunteer in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science. I was involved in the Apron Research study. I can proudly say that my organizing capabilities are exceptional as I organized the files and helped to code, process documents into electronic format. My experience in this department makes me feel that I will be able to do my best with patients who need regular monitoring and assessment.
Dietitians have to know in detail the medical issues of patients like those who are diabetic or those who are undergoing chemotherapy. As I worked as an Event Co-coordinator I was able to monitor and successfully conduct two fund raising events for Iranian Heritage Society. My involvement with the orphans gave me the opportunity to understand their needs and work to fulfill their requirements. I was able to organize, co-ordinate and lead events for 500 people .I also helped in recruiting and training more than 20 volunteers for each of the charity events. From this experience I learnt to look for details and assess situations. I can prepare reports and recommend changes. My desire is to help the community in different ways as I find contentment in doing voluntary service.
A dietitian has to educate people and create awareness about health and nutrition. My capability of creating good relationships and also interweave with people of different age groups make me feel that I will be able to interact well with my patients as the job requires. For grade 7 students I volunteered to teach nutrition education with multiple learning tools, such as jeopardy game. The response from the students was good. I gained the experience to create a positive relationship with all the people I met. My performance was appreciated which made me feel that I can handle community work also. Basically I am compassionate and always reach out to the needs of children. Therefore I am sure that taking up a career in pediatrics will make me feel committed and I will be able to enjoy my work. My volunteering experience has made me more devoted to this field as I am aware of the requirements and the nature of work.
My interest is in pediatric nutrition. As these dietitians play an important role in the health of the children it is necessary that proper training and education is undertaken. I want to take this internship so that I will be gaining practical experience to handle the requirements of the children. I have worked as sales associate in different places. This has helped me to understand different people and respond in the correct manner. At DKNY I was at ease with all customers and responded to their queries accurately. Since I am always courteous to people I could communicate exceptionally well with different people of all ages and backgrounds. At Tommy Bahamas I had the experience of tolerating different situations and respond to customers need for their satisfaction. Attitude is very important for sales jobs and I learnt to remain calm even in difficult situations without getting annoyed. I learnt to work as a team and developed the quality of flexibility. My willingness to work even during off-days to compensate for the absentees and to accept changing work hours was commended by the supervisors. Earlier I worked with BCBG where I was ranked as top seller because my sales exceeded the personal daily, weekly and monthly target. As I was able to educate customers who were unaware of new products and promotions, I could achieve more than my target. My success was because; I resolved the problems of customers with patience and treated them with respect. By displaying a positive and helpful attitude at the workplace I could get the appreciation of the customers and the employer as well. By working as a sales associate I learnt patience and developed a positive attitude .I was recognized for my hard work which made me more confident.
A nutritionist must have good skills in communication to handle different people.I have been able to develop my communication skills with the different work environments. So now I have the confidence that I can handle any demanding situation .I learnt that a composed person can use his wisdom to handle emergencies. Hence I have become more flexible and accommodating.
In addition to these I have completed a course on Research Ethics and have received certificates for Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. I have done Graduate Ethics Training and Certificate Food Safety Course.
I have been awarded the Jason Lang Scholarship in recognition of exceptional academic achievement for 2012 to 2013.I am also a member of Golden Key International Academics society since 2012.
As I am interested in people, their food and health I feel a career as a dietitian will suit me. I want to help people who have diet related problems and make them more health conscious. Children especially are not guided well and hence they have a lot of health problems. Obesity is seen in most children as they make wrong decisions about food. I want to gain more Knowledge about nutrition in children so that I can create awareness among parents by advising them to make health-conscious decisions.
As I have gained experience in handling people I feel I will be able to educate and convince a range of audiences and gain the co-operation of the patients to make them follow dietary treatments. As I have observed the lack of awareness among people regarding food and nutrition I want to work with the people and educate them. Healthy food in schools should be supported as most children lack nutrition .I also want to work for people who have food related health problems by giving them periodic dietary treatments and educate them scientifically about nutrition.
As an ambitious student I request that you will consider my application. My internship will help me to fulfill my dream of taking up a permanent dietetic profession. My volunteering experiences have made me focused to do pediatrics. I wish to be helpful to the society and create health awareness at an individual and public level. I hope you will give me an opportunity to prove myself. Looking forward to your response.