I completed my practicum at Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What skills did you gain during your practicum?
During my practicum I learned how to critically analyze research proposals, conduct a formal systematic literature review and summarize discussions from expert panels and working groups.
How did you apply the skills you gained during your practicum to your current job?
After completing my practicum with Healthy Eating Research, they offered me a part-time position while I finish graduate school. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue working on the projects I began during my three-week practicum.
What was your favorite aspect of your practicum experience?
I really enjoyed analyzing research proposals submitted for Health Eating Research’s annual call for proposals. It was interesting reading the creative methods researchers proposed to answer one or several research questions. I helped the team determine if concept papers were within the scope of that specific call for proposals and recommend a decision based on my analysis of the paper. I also enjoyed summarizing discussions from expert panels and working groups. As I recorded the discussion, I listened and learned from world-renowned nutrition researchers.
I absolutely loved my practicum experience. I learned a great deal from the women I worked alongside, and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue working for Healthy Eating Research as I finish my MPH.
What was your experience like working with your preceptor?
My preceptor, Leslie, was wonderful. She made me feel so welcome on my first day of work, provided very clear expectations and instructions and then let me work independently to complete assignments. I am grateful for her mentorship during my practicum.
Would you like to pursue a career with an organization similar to your practicum site?
Yes. Working for Healthy Eating Research exposed me to cutting-edge research all over the country, and I want to contribute to future research that will help reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity around the world.