Intern Testimonials

"I could not be more pleased with the experiences that I was afforded during my internship at Emory University Hospitals. Although the program focuses on MNT, I was able to work in every field from WIC clinics to foodservice. My favorite part, however, was the elective rotation which allows each intern to gain experience and explore a field of dietetics otherwise not covered in the curriculum. I chose to intern at Cooking Light magazine, which proved to be invaluable in my learning about translating complex nutrition science to applications for everyday life and real people. I now work as an RD for a public relations firm, where I formulate nutrition messages for large food companies-- a job in which I pull experience and expertise learned from my internship every day." Lanier Thompson Dabruzzi, 2009

"I applied to the internship program at Emory because of the reputation of the hospital. I hoped the standards set for interns would be as high as the award-winning hospital's own. They were; the internship was challenging, exciting, exhausting (at times), rewarding, and a place where I made life-long friends. I learned more during my 10 months at Emory than I thought possible. The structure of the internship allowed me to build on my prior education, while offering a vast support system to ensure quality patient care. The internship helped build my competence as well as my confidence, especially with counseling. Though the internship has a clinical focus, other areas are not lacking. The food service, community, and elective rotations allowed me to experience some of the many careers available in our field. When I completed the internship I had a wonderful sense of accomplishment and knew that I was prepared for not only the registration exam, but also for my future in dietetics." Leah Agnew, 2010

"The Emory Internship program was everything I expected and more. The preceptors were there to guide me throughout the entire program. They were truly passionate about dietetics and equally as passionate about teaching and sharing their knowledge. I had a job lined up prior to graduating as a nutrition manager and sole dietitian for a facility. During the interview, the regional director of the company informed me that the reason he picked me out of multiple applications was that I was an Emory Internship graduate, so he knew how well prepared I would be. He was right! I was able to function confidently in my environment and have already moved on to a larger facility within the same company. Thank you Emory!" Sarah Caron, 2010

"For me, Emory University Hospitals' Dietetic Internship experience can be summed up in three words: thorough, rigorous, and organized. Every minute of the program is designed to benefit the intern. Emory's director and preceptors have dedicated significant time to designing assignments, projects, and hands on learning experiences that most reflect the real life work environment. To the best of the director's ability, a varied and comprehensive depiction of dietetic practice is structured for the intern. Additionally, one of the aspects I am grateful for is the thorough organization of the nine month program. I knew what to expect and when to expect it; knowing I was getting the most out of the experience. With a great credential, a well respected institution, and life long contacts and friends behind me, Emory has launched me on a successful and fulfilling career path!"
Sarah Strong, 2010

"My incredible experience in the dietetic internship at Emory provided me all the tools I needed to start my career as a dietitian.  Everyone I encountered throughout the internship was very supportive and eager to address any of my questions.  I felt that everyone there truly wanted me to succeed.  I loved that at the Emory Hospitals I could take part in providing nutrition care for a variety of different patients.  This gave me firsthand knowledge that prepared me fully for my job as a clinical dietitian.  I’ve been in my current position for a year now, and I could not be more thankful that I was given the opportunity to learn and grow at Emory." Julie Zaia, 2010

 "The opportunity to start one's healthcare career at one of the best teaching hospitals in the nation is an opportunity that is beyond comparison.  With two major metro-area hospitals offering a variety of specialties and a  diverse patient population between them, Emory offers an exceptional clinical nutrition experience.  Further, relationships with other hospitals, clinics, and community organizations throughout the Atlanta area give interns the opportunity to experience the profession from all angles and truly identify their calling in the world of dietetics.  This internship program graduates young men and women who are fully prepared to enter the workforce and who have gained the knowledge, experience, and support to succeed.  I am honored to be one among the many outstanding graduates of Emory Hospitals' dietetic internship program.  I will forever appreciate the guidance I received and cherish the relationships I developed through this program." Shannon Brockman, 2011

 "Emory Hospitals Dietetic Internship greatly surpassed my expectations. The environment at Emory is a learning environment- all of the preceptors are intelligent, caring, and very understanding. I was also constantly interacting with all members of the healthcare team. These interactions helped build my confidence and knowledge of dietetics and other pertinent information needed to best care for the patient. While Emory's internship is clinically based, the community and food service rotations were also excellent. I feel extremely prepared to practice as a registered dietitian and will forever value my experience at Emory!" Laryssa Myers, 2011

 "Out of all the possible outcomes of the DI matching process, I am so thankful that I was matched at Emory! The exposure is extensive, the rotations are intensive, and the staff is unbeatable.  After I completed the program, I was able to pass my exam and get a job within a month.  I emerged with a lengthy list of colleagues (once preceptors) that have offered guidance and encouragement on more than one occasion since graduation.  Our internship group of 8 was the ideal size and we really did become a family over our quick nine months together.  We were able to gain widespread experience through two week rotations in 12 different practice areas and 6 weeks worth of rotations in areas of our interest.  I can confidently say I feel competent to enter any entry level position related to dietetics after the internship at Emory." Rachel Stroud, 2011

"The Emory Dietetic Internship was an incredible learning experience.  The internship was challenging, interactive, and comprehensive, all thanks to the amazing staff of dietitians who serve as preceptors at Emory.  The preceptors are incredible knowledgeable, and more importantly are excited to share their expertise with the interns they teach.  The Emory staff truly goes above and beyond to ensure that each intern has the optimal learning environment and helps to individualize the internship experience based on your personal interests within the field of dietetics.  While the internship has a strong clinical focus, there are ample opportunities in food service and community nutrition, and Emory has an extensive network of Atlanta Dietitians to provide a variety of choices for elective rotations.  I truly enjoyed the internship and am thankful to have been matched with Emory!  After I completed the internship, I passed the RD exam within a month, and began working as a Registered Dietitian shortly after that.  I highly recommend this program to all aspiring dietitians!"  Jennifer Popadiuk, 2012

"Emory was my first choice for the dietetic internship based on it being highly-rated and affiliated with a top-notch university and teaching hospital.  So when I got matched to the Emory DI, I was super happy!  Everyone I encountered during the internship was phenomenal.  The preceptors were so patient with me as I learned the ropes of cardiology, how to enter clinical notes in the patients' electronic medical records, and how to help those in the community through our off-site rotations, just to name a few of the MANY opportunities I was given over the course of my internship.  I emerged from the internship ready to take on the RD exam (which I passed on the first try!) and then ready to start my own private practice.  I met so many wonderful mentors who showed me the ropes that I had the confidence to follow my dream of being a dietitian nutritionist.  Thank you Emory for an incredible experience!"  Caitlin Russell, 2012

"Before starting the internship, I was aware of Emory's impressive reputation, and I knew that it was a teaching hospital.  However, I didn't fully grasp what  that meant until I was one of Emory's interns.  The preceptors are dedicated not only to the program, but also to each intern.  They constantly encouraged me to engage with other practitioners to gain a more well-rounded view of quality patient care.  The program director, coordinator and preceptors have invested significant time in developing meaningful assignments, so that each intern emerges from the program as the best dietitian he or she can be.  Although the work load was rigorous, Emory's supportive network of dietitians was always there for encouragement and guidance when needed.  I am so grateful to Emory for developing my competence, building my confidence, and preparing me to enter the competitive field of dietetics." Francis Ennis, 2014

"I was compelled to apply to the dietetic internship at Emory because of its reputation as top-rated patient care facility and teaching hospital.  The learning environment at Emory is fast-paced, demanding and rewarding!  From day one of the internship you are immersed in a variety of clinical, community and foodservice experiences and are challenged each day.  I appreciated having an intern class of eight, which allowed for highly personalized feedback from preceptors.  In addition to this, I was able to network with dietetic professionals by participating in community events and lectures on the latest trends and research in nutrition.  As a result, I met my preceptor and chose an elective rotation in school nutrition.  Shortly after graduating, I received an offer for a position in the same district and now work as a nutrition training manager.  Thanks to Emory for giving me the tools and confidence to start a great career!"  Adrienne Holloway, 2014