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Megan Tillman

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest? 

My nutrition areas of interest include school and community nutrition. As a black woman, I want to give back to my community through nutrition education.   

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern? 

The most rewarding part of being an intern is using your creativity to provide something new and exciting to your rotation site. For example, I enjoy making handouts that will be used even after I leave my site.  

 What is the most challenging part of being an intern? 

The most challenging part of being an intern is balancing your time between school, internship rotations, spending time with family and friends, and making time for yourself.   

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To. 

My favorite rotation so far is my Food Service Management rotation because I had an amazing preceptor who went above and beyond what was expected of her.  

The rotation I am looking forward to is my clinical rotation because I do not have a lot of experience in this field.  

Why did you choose KSU?  

After visiting KSU’s open house, I decided this was the perfect program for me. KSU’s internship is great because the leadership concentration helps you build your confidence and leadership skills. I am also grateful to have Emily, who is an amazing internship director, that makes sure her students are successful. Finally, within the internship everyone is willing to help each other in any way possible.  


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Bri Carlin

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

My nutrition areas of interest are pediatrics, clinical, and a little bit of food insecurity. However, I am keeping an open mind as I go through my different rotations.

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

The most rewarding part of being an intern is the opportunity to learn and grow as not only a student and intern, but also as a person. You learn a lot as an intern and being able to grow in your confidence and leadership skills is very rewarding. It is also really great to be able to meet a lot of different dietitians and professionals to build your network for the future. You meet some pretty cool people along the way between your classmates, preceptors, professors, and other professionals that will all shape you into a successful future dietitian.

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

I thought that balancing everything would be the most challenging part of being an intern, but so far, I’ve found that the amount of information that you get is actually the most challenging part. It can be overwhelming and difficult to organize yourself quickly when you get so much information and resources at one time. (it’s really rewarding once you do get yourself organized though).

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

My favorite rotation so far has been my rotation at ONE Health Ohio. They provide healthcare to those who are uninsured or underinsured. They provide everything from primary care to dentistry, behavioral health, and nutrition. I like the coordination of care and consideration that goes into treating each patient. I am also looking forward to my school rotation because I love working with kids.

Why did you choose KSU?

I completed my undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University, so I was not familiar with KSU before attending the open house. At the open house I got a really homey feel and saw how the interns acted as a family. Having that built in support system was really important for me and everyone, including Emily, being so welcoming really convinced me that KSU is where I wanted to be. The leadership concentration was also appealing because it is very unique and versatile to whatever you want to go in the future. 


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Natale DeNigris

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

I'm open to anything and excited to explore my options. However, right now, I’m very interested in Inpatient Clinical Dietetics. 

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

Connecting with so many amazing dietitians and staff members at each rotation both broadens my professional network and allows me to create meaningful relationships with them. I also enjoy experiencing so many different sites to learn what each dietitian does!

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

To me, the most challenging part of being an intern is stepping outside of your comfort zone. As a dietetic intern, you’re not an undergraduate student anymore so taking that leap into becoming an intern requires a lot of confidence. There are a lot of goals that need to be accomplished as an intern and many of them will test your strength and confidence; however, you need to remember that these experiences will only help your future self. 

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

I’m really looking forward to my Long-Term Care rotation, as well as my rotation at The Gathering Place.

Why did you choose KSU?

Long term, I’d love to live in the Cleveland area with my family. Being able to move back home and form a professional network in this area has been nothing short of amazing. Also, faculty members at BGSU had nothing but great things to say about KSU’s program, which made me so excited to apply… and they were so correct!


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Aliza McConnahey

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

My current areas of interest are maternal health and neonatal nutrition, but I am open to almost everything.

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

The most rewarding part of being an intern, is seeing the years of studying and hard work done in the classroom, be applied in real-life practice. It is also very rewarding to see your patients and clients take control of their health and live healthier and happier lives. 

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

The most challenging part of being an intern, so far, is balancing everything. Being a full-time graduate student, dietetic intern, and working, all at once, can be very challenging and can feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day to get everything done. Trying to find time to complete everything and still have time for other activities and spending time with family & friends has been my biggest challenge this first semester. 

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

I am excited for all of my upcoming rotations, but am really looking forward to my outpatient oncology rotation, WIC rotation, and clinical rotation. 

Why did you choose KSU?

I chose KSU’s combined program because of a few different reasons. The first reason is because KSU offers the opportunity to experience so many different areas of dietetics. The second reason is because of Emily, our internship director. She is so passionate about making sure we get the best experience possible at each rotation cite. She also understands the stresses and challenges that come along with this program, and she makes sure you don’t feel like you are going through this process alone. I also liked that KSU offered a combined MS/DI program, which is the plan of study I wanted to complete. 


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Rachel Pitman

 What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

Clinical, Long Term Care, and Renal Nutrition. 

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

The most rewarding part of being an intern is having the opportunity to learn as much as possible without the fear of making mistakes. The dietetic internship is all about exploration and discovering what you personally feel passionate about. It’s incredibly rewarding to show up to your site each day with the ability to learn from your preceptors, work alongside them, and handle each mistake as a learning opportunity. At the end of the day, each rotation is a chance for personal growth.  

I also feel that because our class worked so hard to achieve a spot in the KSU program, it’s rewarding to simply call ourselves interns. Despite any challenges, we are all one step closer towards becoming registered dietitians. 

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

Without a doubt, the most challenging part of being an intern is balancing responsibilities. Apart from the internship rotations, we must complete projects, homework, and a variety of other tasks. At times, this combination of responsibilities feels overwhelming. It’s always important, in those moments, to take a step back and remember why nutrition is important to you and what you are working towards. 

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

My favorite rotation so far has been my business experience at Culinary Nutrition Associates. Going into this rotation, I did not think I would be interested in business, but I ended up loving it! My preceptor acted as an amazing leader, and she pushed me outside my comfort zone with a variety of projects. Through her feedback, I learned a lot about business and the field of nutrition from a culinary perspective. Ultimately, this rotation remined me to always go into an experience with an open mind. 

Why did you choose KSU?

I completed my bachelor’s degree at Kent State University and chose to stay for my internship because of the time I spent here. Throughout the past four years, many of the professors at Kent have gone above and beyond in helping me to grow and learn. I also love how invested the nutrition department is in community initiatives and how diverse the campus is as a whole. From talking with previous interns, I’ve discovered that KSU has a strong dietetics program that produces great future leaders in the field.     


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Kiersten Quinn 

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

I am interested in clinical, specifically diabetes education. Although I like clinical, I am open to any aspect of nutrition and am excited to see if my future rotations change that! 

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

The most rewarding about being an intern is that I get to learn and work with a variety of different establishments, as well as many professionals in the field of dietetics. It is nice that we are not restricted to one building and get to branch out to many local cities and get to know the professionals around us. 

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

The most challenging to me is balancing school, work, internship, and my relationships with my family/friends and still finding time for myself as well. Some weeks it is more tough than others, but I have learned to plan things out in advance and know that some weeks will be more stressful than others, but it is just temporary. Being organized and having good time management is key! 

Favorite Rotation so Far OR the Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

I have loved both my community and business rotation so far. They taught me a lot and also pushed me to be a better intern and future dietitian. In my community rotation I was able to get my first client and get used to counseling and doing so virtually and how all of that works. With my business rotation, I was able to learn the behind the scenes stuff that I would have never thought of! What I’m most looking forward to is the school rotation, because I have not had much interaction with that side of dietetics and am excited to learn about it and how it runs! 

Why did you choose KSU?

I chose KSU for my internship and Masters program because I really enjoyed my time in undergrad. The professors are very approachable, and I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. Even when touring other schools, they didn’t compare to Kent. I also like that the focus is leadership, because it is something I can apply in every role I will have in the future. I think it is a very important topic to learn and know how to use in a workplace setting. 


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Alyssa Snyder

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

I am open to everything but mainly interested in clinical dietetics.

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

The most rewarding part of being an intern is being able to work with experienced dietitians in various specialties to develop my interests and try out different careers in the field of dietetics in order to find the best fit for me. 

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

The most challenging part of being an intern is balancing work, personal life, interning rotations and being a full-time student. However, I personally thrive in a structured challenging environment. 

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

I am very much looking forward to my Bariatric Nutrition rotation at Cleveland Clinic Akron General but I am also looking forward to all future rotations. 

Why did you choose KSU?

I completed by undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Kent State University. I love the campus, the environment, and the faculty in the Nutrition Department. By my senior year of undergrad I had my heart set on staying at KSU!


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Alexandra Vitanza 

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

I am most interested in diabetes education, clinical nutrition, and sports nutrition however, I am open to all areas of nutrition.

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

Being able to interact with so many amazing people while also learning them. I also enjoy being an intern because you have the opportunity to make connections with the people you work with, thinking about your future is something that should always be on your mind. 

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

Balancing personal life with school. This internship requires a lot of time and hard work and sometimes during it we tend to forget about having a personal life. It is important that you take the time to be with friends, family, or just to relax during this time because you deserve it for how hard you are working in the internship.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

I think I am looking most forward to clinical because it is such a broad rotation where I will be able to learn and oversee so many amazing things. 

Why did you choose KSU?

I chose KSU because I had the honor to complete my undergrad here and I knew how fantastic the staff was. My professors all had so much knowledge and wisdom that I wanted to continue to learn from each and every one of them.


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Dave Yakunich

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?

Sports nutrition, gut microbiota/microbiome, Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN), Dietitians in Functional and Integrative Medicine (DIFM), Space and Aeronautical Nutrition, military and veteran nutrition. 

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?

Finally putting into practice all that I have learned, and in doing so finally being given the opportunity to hone my skill sets to become a highly qualified and respected dietitian. 

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?

As with any prolonged intellectually challenging endeavor, the mental aspect is the most arduous facet of the internship experience. The sheer volume of information we are learning, the tremendous amounts of responsibility placed upon our shoulders (coupled with the latitude with which we are expected to operate to achieve such tasks), and having to achieve internship objectives while also taking classes, working jobs, completing the thesis/master’s project, and enjoying the rest of life’s pursuits certainly creates an environment ripe for mental stress and anguish. You have to remain mentally strong to withstand the onslaught of stress during the internship. 

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.

The best site thus far was my first rotation – The Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The staff are extremely kind and helpful, the services provided by the food bank are unbelievably far reaching and important, and the wealth of information learned from the site has left me with tremendous gratitude for having had the opportunity.

Why did you choose KSU?

Kent State University is reputed to have one of the best nutrition and dietetics program in the state of Ohio. Being from Ohio, I thought it prudent to capitalize on the opportunity to attend the best that Ohio has to offer. I chose Kent State University for two additional reasons – the faculty are some of the most sensible, helpful, and knowledgeable educators one could look for, and the nutrition program is a ‘combined program’ (meaning the internship is built into the program – something of extreme importance for the field due to its nature of being a prerequisite to sit for the registration exam).


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Abigail Conover

What are your nutrition area(s) of interest?


Currently I am interested in many aspects of dietetics. I think I am leaning towards
clinical whether it be in a long term care setting or a hospital but I am also equally
interested in outpatient care as well.

What is the most rewarding part of being an intern?


One of the most rewarding parts of being an intern is not having to know my exact career
path. I love being able to explore and figure out what I want to do! It is so helpful to hear
from my peers on their journey as well.

What is the most challenging part of being an intern?


So far, the most challenging part of the internship has been keeping motivated in classes.
Since I have been introduced to the working field, it is hard to want to come home and
study or do schoolwork after being at rotations. However, it is a rewarding experience in
itself to complete graduate level classes.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To.


So far, my favorite rotation was with Dr. Caine-Bish at the KSU telehealth program. I got
to see a patient for 12 weeks through a weight management program and it really peaked
my interest in outpatient care.

Why did you choose KSU?


KSU was really a great choice for me for many reasons. They offered a graduate degree
in nutrition, lots of different experiences, and a friendly(er) financial plan. It has been
great to continue with the same professors I had in undergrad! I couldn't be happier than I
am here at KSU!