International location

Applications are open for spring 2021, and we are hopeful that accepted applicants will be able to study abroad starting in January.  However, the COVID-19 situation remains fluid.  Additional updates will be posted here regarding the impact of COVID-19 on this offering.

Up to 20 to 30 interns per session from either the Iowa-based and/or nationwide will complete up to 200 hours (four weeks) of COM (community nutrition) and/or MGMT in an international setting. If study abroad is permitted, we will offer international rotations in Ghana and France. 

**If you are applying for an international rotation for spring 2021, you will need to submit an alternate rotation schedule in case travel is no longer permitted.**

 

Ghana

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Ghana

Tour the University of Ghana, Korle Bu Hospital and Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra.

France

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France

Visit Versailles, Notre Dame, Louvre, a vineyard, dairy farm, and a chocolate maker.

If you wish to complete a portion of your internship in an international location, apply for the Iowa-based with international and/or nationwide with international location. Make sure this matches in all three of the required application steps.

Submit an essay

You must complete and submit all requirements for either the Iowa-based and/or nationwide location(s) plus an essay for the international rotation of your choice stating your reasons for wanting to participate in the international program and how doing so will enhance your overall educational goals. Upload your essay as part of the DI online application.

If you are applying for the January class, you may apply for both international locations but participation is limited to one location only.

You may be selected for a phone interview. Refer to the Sample Questions.


Ghana

  • Complete and submit the Ghana Essay (PDF). Include your name and your country preference in the essay heading and/or filename.
  • Offered during both January and June cohorts
  • 200 hours of COM rotation are completed in the Accra and Asesewa region
  • ISU interns will be partnering with interns from the University of Ghana, sharing lodging with an intern of the same gender from a different culture.

Selection criteria

You must be able to tolerate a variety of living conditions including (but not limited to):

Interns stand outside Ghana facility

  • limited access to running water and electricity
  • heat and humidity
  • physical labor of walking to rural community sites
  • working with people of diverse backgrounds to create a productive team
  • limited access to communication
  • limited variety of foods in this rural setting

Activities

You will focus on implementing the nutrition care process in rural communities. Each internship class will continue to focus on the previous group’s work, strengthening the intervention while allowing for the monitoring and evaluation of projects.

  • Perform the nutrition care process in the rural under-served Ghanaian communities of the Upper Manya Krobo district.
  • Enhance your professional skills through practicing nutritional assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Improve your cultural understanding through shared experiences with Ghanaian dietetic interns
  • Understand and demonstrate your ability to support existing health care and community systems through nutrition-related activities.
  • Visits to markets, local hospitals, and community organizations are planned.
  • Weekend excursion to a local site of cultural interest.
  • Tours of the University of Ghana, Korle Bu Hospital and Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra
  • Travel itinerary - note the additional travel requirements for Ghana
  • Once in Accra, the ISU interns will join the internship group at the airport.
  • Week 1 will be spent in Legon at the University of Ghana in the Accra region.
  • Week 2 interns will travel to the rural Asesewa region to meet their community and partners and to visit the Nutrition and Research Center.
  • Weeks 2 and 3 will have weekdays in Asesewa, traveling back to Accra for the weekends.

Travel itinerary

  • Once in Accra, the ISU interns will join the internship group at the airport.
    • Week 1 will be spent in Legon at the University of Ghana in the Accra region.
    • Week 2 interns will travel to the rural Asesewa region to meet their community and partners and to visit the Nutrition and Research Center.
    • Weeks 2 and 3 will have weekdays in Asesewa, traveling back to Accra for the weekends.
    • Week 4 will consist of wrapping up the intervention, monitoring, and evaluation components with group presentations at the University of Ghana on the Friday before departure.

Additional costs

In addition to the Dietetic Internship Tuition and Fees, the following expenses also apply:

  • Ghana Fee: $3150 (includes on-site transportation, University of Ghana administrative fees, support staff, group meals, and housing)
  • International insurance: $1.31 per day (mandatory international health and emergency insurance coverage; total cost will vary based on number of days abroad and $40 is used as a budgeting estimate)
  • Out of pocket expenses: Ranges from $2000 - $3000 depending on health insurance coverage (includes airfare, some ground transportation, passport, Visa, weekend lodging, some meals, incidentals, and vaccinations)
  • International scholarships up to $1450 are available through the DI and College of Human Sciences International Programs.

France

  • Complete and submit the France Essay
  • 100 hours of MGMT/COM completed in Paris and surrounding regions
  • Available for January session only
  • Selection criteria: Interns must be open to other cultures and be an ACTIVE participant in the program.
  • ISU DI interns will be traveling in conjunction with other ISU study abroad students; which may include a combination of Junior and Senior undergraduates as well as other graduate students

Activities

Interns visit Eiffel Tower
Interns Visit Eiffel Tower
  • Interns will be visiting a dairy farm, vineyard, traditional bread bakery, cheese maker, chocolate maker, local farmers’ market wine museum and several significant cultural sites.
  • Be paired with other study abroad students from Iowa State University in the Production and Processing of Sustainable, Safe and Nutritious Food course.
  • Learn about the issues surrounding the development of sustainable systems to produce food.
  • Study the processing of raw commodities into food products and their subsequent sale.
  • Obtain different perspectives in terms of diet, food production and the major role of food in French culture.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 1 Departure from Ames to Paris
  • Day 2 Arrival in Paris - Discovery of the city, metro system, Eiffel Tower
  • Day 3 Dairy farm visit - all day; evening reflection discussion with students
  • Day 4 Vineyard visit - all day; evening reflection discussion with students
  • Day 5 Visit traditional bread bakery and cheese maker - evening reflection discussion with students
  • Day 6 Versailles-all day
  • Day 7 Musée du Louvre - all day; Jardin Tuileries; evening cruise on River Seine
  • Day 8 Notre Dame; Saint Chapelle; Place de la Concorde; Basilique du Sacre Couer du Montemarte; Montemarte district
  • Day 9 Free day to explore the city; shopping
  • Day 10 Palais Garnier; Basilica St. Denis
  • Day 11 Visit chocolate maker; Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés; evening reflection with students
  • Day 12 Musée du Vin; farmers market
  • Day 13 Perfume Museum; Arc de Triomphe; Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Day 14 Return to Ames

Additional costs

In addition to the Dietetic Internship Tuition and Fees, the following expenses also apply:

  • France Fee: $4860 (includes airfare, lodging, some meals, transportation, entrance fees and program coordination)
  • International insurance: $1.31 per day (mandatory international health and emergency insurance coverage; total cost will vary based on number of days abroad and $20 is used as a budgeting estimate)
  • Out of pocket expenses: $210 for meals, $200 for incidentals, $135 for a passport if you do not have one
  • International scholarships are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad.

ISU Study Abroad

For general information about study abroad, visit ISU College of Human Sciences International Programs or ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad.