Internship and Job Opportunities

Several summer internship opportunities are available for the students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the following places. Internship placement will occur later in the fall or early in spring. Selected students should maintain student status in the summer when they participate in an internship. Interested students should contact Dr. Yangchao Luo or Dr. Ji-Young Lee around this time.


The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,000 members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research, and education. The intern at ASPEN will focus on supporting the ASPEN’s annual Malnutrition Awareness Week (MAW) with input into the development of tools, social media, and advocacy activities. The intern will gain an increased understanding of the issue of disease-related malnutrition (DRM) across healthcare settings and the important role of the interprofessional team in the prevention, identification, and treatment of DRM. They will also gain an understanding of a not-for-profit professional organization and its role in the professional development of healthcare professionals. For more information about ASPEN, click here.

The Combat Feeding Division (CFD)’s mission is to ensure that America’s Warfighters are the world’s most capable fighting force by providing an operationally relevant research and development base to deliver solutions for evolving field-feeding challenges. The CFD executes a Joint-Service program, which takes maximum advantage of the scientific and technological capacity of industry, academia, and other Federal Government Agencies and serves as the interface between these entities and the Joint Warfighter to ensure relevant and timely capability delivery. The program includes research and engineering for combat rations, food packaging, quality, safety, performance nutrition, Class 1 logistics optimization, and field food service equipment to develop or improve general and specialized combat feeding systems in response to changing modes of warfare and industry capabilities. This research culminates in the continuous delivery of capabilities that ensure Soldier lethality and optimized human performance on the battlefield. Want more information? Click here.

PURIS brings growers, makers, and eaters together to feed the growing plant-based revolution. We are reimagining what it means to be environmental stewards at every step in the food journey from seed to shelf. Innovation is in the PURIS DNA. Since 1985, our company’s focus has been feeding people. And as luck would have it, the path to nourishing people mirrors the path to nourishing the planet, itself. What began as a mission to breed more resilient crops has blossomed into something much greater – a company taking leaps forward in regenerative agriculture, state of the art manufacturing processes, food security, and global supply chain transparency. Join the Most Innovative Food Company of 2021 named by Fast Company Magazine!  For more information, click here.