Name: Abbey Moellering

Major: Dietetics

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Internship Location: Currently completing her Foodservice Systems Management Rotation at Kenton County Public Schools

Please describe your typical day as an intern:

Each day I bounce between the Kenton County Schools’ Central Office, an elementary school, and a middle school. When I am in the office, I complete inventory reports, menu pricing and development, attend product meetings, and more. When I am in the schools, I play the role of an employee. I help prepare and serve the meals. I also get the chance to essentially "walk in the shoes" of a school nutrition manager. It has been very busy, but such a great learning experience.

How are you using and applying classroom knowledge in your internship?

My undergraduate career certainly did a wonderful job of preparing me for my internship so far. It is such a great opportunity to apply what I have learned in my classes in the "real world". I loved my undergrad classes, but having the chance to be an intern that uses that knowledge in a real setting is extremely rewarding.

What is one key thing you have learned during your internship?

I have learned to be positive and confident. I have to remind myself that I am prepared for this internship experience and that I am capable of success. I have learned a lot so far, and greatly look forward to my experiences in my next two rotations. I have learned to not give my anxiety or stress any power. A positive outlook can push you to achieve any goal.

If you could share one piece of advice for other students who are preparing to complete an internship, what would it be?

I would advise future students to not stress the little stuff. Application processes can be extremely daunting. Students need to remember that the HES department faculty are extremely knowledgeable, and they sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Abbey Moellering