I was lucky to land my internship with Aramark Canada Ltd. Aramark Canada Ltd. is a private food service company - the only dietetic internship in the private sector (ie. not within a hospital) that has a dietetic internship. Although not an entry-level competency to become an RD, Aramark is also the only internship in Ontario with a business and industry rotation. As a creative individual, business and industry was definitely my favourite rotation!
During this rotation, I had the opportunity to write for a developing mobile app, a newsletter and travel across Ontario to different universities, colleges and workplaces promoting Aramark's healthier menu items, Get the Good Stuff! As a Brand Ambassador during Nutrition Month, I definitely had fun giving out delicious food samples on the menu, testing the audience on their nutrition knowledge and having them spin the fun wheel at the booth! Also, as something I have been doing since my Health Promotion days at both York University and Ryerson University, engaging the audience at my booth came quite easily after many years of practice!
During that time, I also did a healthy eating lunch n' learn presentation for a corporate client, General Electric. The workplace audience, though a different population from the student population was also quite eager to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition.
Although business and industry is not a traditional area of dietetics, I find the ability to help so many people (including the general public) through prevention and education to be so extremely rewarding. My passion comes through when I can talk about food and nutrition. I feel good as a health professional knowing that some of those healthy eating tips I gave can help others to make small, healthy and positive changes in their own lives.