Carly Lauraine turned a love of food and fitness and a desire to help people into a bachelor’s degree in dietetics with a minor in personal training from the State University of New York, Oneonta. She chose Keene State for her Dietetic Internship, she says, because of the program’s wellness concentration. “I thought that I would be able to utilize my personal training certification and skills in a rotation, and was eager to try,” she says. “I also wanted to move to a new location – New Hampshire from New York – and challenge myself that way.”
During her internship, she’s worked at an organic farm, a WIC office, a boarding school, and more. For an independent study, she worked with Turn a New Leaf, a community wellness project that encourages healthy eating choices. She created a toolkit to help other organizations start similar programs.
She’s had some memorable experiences in her rotations, including helping to run a cooking class for adults. She also taught nutrition to and cooked with second- and third-graders at a Keene elementary school. “We had a blast!” she says.
Lauraine’s short-term goal is landing a job in a clinical setting to continue learning about the field. Eventually, she’d like to work with businesses and corporations on worksite wellness, which would give her an opportunity to use her nutrition and fitness training background.
She offers thanks to her teachers and on-site supervisors, and gives this advice to Dietetic Internship students: “Keep an open mind. You never know which rotation will strike a chord with your personal interests and passions.”