- On April 14, 2016
In 2016 Pea Pod will have the pleasure of working with over a dozen interns through our public health, nutrition and anthropology internship programs. In our Intern Spotlight series we’d like to introduce you to some of the students we have the pleasure of working with this year.
Where are you originally from, where do you go to school and what year are you?
I’m originally from Texas. I was born in Dallas, moved to Oklahoma for elementary school, before my family settled in Houston. I got a degree in Business and Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1997. I received my BS in Dietetics from Life University in 2015 and am currently in Life’s Dietetic Internship program. I will complete the program in June 2016.
What activities are you involved with at school?
As an undergrad student, I was a Chemistry tutor for 6 quarters. I was the President of Nu Omega, Life’s chapter of the Kappa Omicron Nu Health Science honors society. I also volunteered with Dietitians at Good Measure Meals, a local non-profit organization that funds their free meals for chronically ill members of the community through sales of gourmet healthy meals to the public. Finally, I was a student nutrition clinician at Life’s student clinic. I offered nutrition assessment and meal planning for free to students and their family.
Before my internship, I counseled nutrition clients for a fee. In addition, I represented Good Measure Meals at marketing and tasting events around the city.
During my internship I have been focused on my rotations and studying for the exam. I also am taking an online course from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy to become certified in functional nutrition techniques and assessment. I am also looking at other certifications to help me counsel clients in sport nutrition and lactation.
Why did you choose to intern at Pea Pod?
I heard about Pea Pod from a Georgia State intern. She was so excited about her time there that I knew I wanted to go as well. I wanted to learn more about working with children in a private practice setting. I researched their program and approach online and was inspired by their vision to use evidence-based education to support the health of growing children. I attended a Lactation seminar and worked with lactation consultants at WIC and CHOA, which further increased my interest in supporting healthy nutrition for children as early as possible.
Best thing about the Pea Pod office?
Alicia! She is warm, extremely knowledgeable, well organized, an excellent communicator and is willing to share her passion and expertise with interns. The clients – and the babies! – are amazing too. Small changes can make such a difference in the future health of a baby.
Favorite intern project and why?
Attending La Leche League meetings. I learned what moms want to know, how they help each other and how to lead a group discussion where you are the expert but also need to allow the attendees to help each other.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It starts with feeding and playing with my two puppies, Harley and Scout. Most rotations are 8-10 hours per day in a variety of settings – clinical, community, school, kitchen, outpatient clinic, etc. During my commute, I listen to the Inman audio study guides for the board exam. I decompress at the end of the day with my family – husband, two dogs and a cat. We always eat dinner together and often spend time playing in the backyard.
If you could add one snack to the office what would it be?
A variety of fresh fruit.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Learning and accomplishing as much as possible within a 3-week rotation.
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family. I also hate to miss my workouts!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
NPR News, Podcasts, and Lancet
Favorite TV show to binge watch?
House, Chopped and Fixer Upper