Kentucky Student Mentoring Program

GOALS FOR PROGRAM:

 

  • To enhance the student’s knowledge of the operation of the professional association.
  • To encourage student’s active participation in the state association, as well as in the district association.
  • To provide dietetics students with the opportunity to enhance their management skills in the areas of strategic planning, effective meeting management, delegation, and public policy.
  • To develop a mentoring relationship with a Board member.
  • To assist the Board member in necessary functions of his/her office.
  • To encourage the students to network with Kentucky dietitians.
  • To assist the student in gaining valuable experience outside the classroom, as well as the possibility of receiving a recommendation letter from the assigned mentor after completion of the program.

 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM:

 

The dietetics student and/or intern must be:

 

  • Currently enrolled in an approved/accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Dietetic Internship, Graduate Program in a Nutrition-Related Field, or a Dietetic Technician Program.
  • Must at least be at the Junior or Senior undergraduate level or the second year in the DTR program. May apply during Sophomore year.
  • A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • Willing to commit to the mentoring program from June 1st to May 31st (one year).
  • A resident in the geographic location of a Board member.
  • Willing to provide own transportation to local meetings.

 

Expectations of the student are as follows:

 

  • Attendance at the following meetings is expected:
    • Orientation meeting with assigned mentor
    • Board Change-Over Meeting
    • 2 of 4 of the following meetings:
      • September Board Meeting
      • November Board Meeting
      • February Board Meeting
      • Annual Meeting
    • Legislative Day (if applicable)
  • Each student will be responsible for developing and implementing a project that will be determined by both the mentor and the student.
  • Assist with local health fairs or dietetic district events such as National Nutrition Month.
  • Some additional responsibilities may include preparing hand-outs and/or some administrative assistant-type tasks.

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Complete the application either online (below) or attached.  Click here for application form.
  • Complete a cover letter to accompany your application stating why you are interested in participating in the mentoring program.
  • Attach one reference letter
    • Current Program Director or other Dietetics Professional
  • Return application packet to the following address:
    • Kentucky Acadmey of Nutrition and Dietetics
    • P.O. Box 23555
    • Lexington, KY 40523-3555
  • You can also email this information to Amanda Goldman, goldmaa@sjhlex.org
  • A personal interview may be required.

 

Students will be notified of acceptance into the mentoring program. They will also be notified of their assigned mentor.