Allisyn Berg hopes to become a registered dietitian in clinical pediatrics. When she isn't preparing for her dietetic internship, she spends her free time with friends and hiking.
Allisyn Berg prepares for dietetic internship process
From classes and clubs to her own personal preparation, Allisyn feels well prepared to apply for internships despite her nerves, thanks to her experiences with the Iowa State University dietetics program.
“The ISU match rate is 75 percent compared to 50 percent nationally,” she said. “The program is really developed and the professors do everything they can to push and prepare us to get matched.”
After applying for a handful of these internship opportunities in the winter, Allisyn then has to wait until April to see her matches.
Leading up to her senior year, Allisyn’s classes consisted of general dietetic courses. Now, to become a registered dietitian, her classes focus more on the requirements she needs to meet for her internship. For about a year, Allisyn will be busy completing clinical, community nutrition, and food service rotations.
Not only are her classes preparing her with the knowledge she needs, but her involvement outside the classroom expands her skills.
“Being involved in the Student Dietetic Association as a freshman gave me the chance to meet a lot of people, have many volunteer hours, and hear from dietetic professionals," she said. "And now, as the co-president, I’m building leadership skills."
When class isn’t in session, Allisyn stays busy with relevant work experience during the summer like volunteering at a children’s hospital.
“Getting exposure to as many experiences as possible better shows me my goals,” she said.
For Allisyn, she said talking to older students helped her make sure she was on the right track.
“Don’t be afraid to talk to juniors and seniors for advice,” she said. “They were once in your spot and are happy to help.”