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Our Internship provides CNS-approved Supervised Practice Experience (SPE) to prepare you for the Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) credential. The CNS credential is a pathway to state licensure in Oregon and other states.
Practice, Grow, Succeed
Postgraduate interns deliver in-person nutrition services with experienced clinicians, gaining real-world practice experience and working with faculty mentors dedicated to developing professional skills, including nutrition-focused physical examination procedures, health coaching, and nutritional counseling for individuals and groups.
The internship includes 4 hours per week of in-person clinical nutrition experience and supervision to meet the BCNS competencies. The current clinic shift is scheduled for Fridays 1-5p. Apply for summer, fall, or both terms.
Dulcie Childs, MSN, RD
Dulcie Childs, MSN, RD is a registered dietitian licensed in Oregon and an approved CNS supervisor. She earned her Masters in Nutrition Science from the University of Alabama and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from Cornell University. Dulcie has taught for NUNM for the past 8 years and teaches the Business of Nutrition, Diet and Disease, Childhood Nutrition and Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes courses.
Kimberly Queen, MS, DC, CNS, DACBN
Dr. Kimberly Queen is a licensed chiropractic physician, Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and an approved CNS supervisor. She received her Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, focusing on functional medicine.
Dr. Queen is the Clinical Nutrition Curriculum Director, responsible for developing the MScN clinical track curriculum, Standards of Clinical Performance, Postgraduate Clinical Internship Handbook, and a video learning library. She is also Assistant Professor in the BScN and MScN programs and mentors self-study Capstone students for CNS Supervised Practice Experience hours.
Dr. Queen will supervise telehealth encounters in the Clinic Nutrition Rotation, helping interns as they work directly with patients, review cases, and develop professional competencies and clinical proficiency skills, including examination protocols and clinical laboratory test ordering and interpretation.
Kira Freed, MEd, MScN
Nutrition Department Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty
Kira Freed, MEd, MScN earned her Master of Science in Nutrition from NUNM, and now serves as the Nutrition Department Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty in the MScN program. Kira teaches Capstone Preparation and Capstone Internship courses, as well as the Food as Medicine Everyday Educator Training course.
As a Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) Educator, Kira facilitates FAME courses at NUNM, supporting community members with nutrition education and hands-on cooking practice. Kira draws on her more than 15 years of experience working in higher education to effectively develop and deliver nutrition education programming, and will be supporting interns in the planning and implementation of community nutrition classes.
Ian Rubin, MA, CPT, CHC
Ian Rubin is a 20-year veteran wellness coach, a coach educator, and adjunct professor at NUNM. Courses taught include: Health Coaching, The Psychology Of Food Choice, Food Anthropology, and Food Relationship Coaching. Ian’s approach to working with clients is driven by his passionate interest in food culture and the intersection of personal, social, psycho-spiritual, and anthropological forces that influence our daily food choices. Ian will be offering his insights and support in these approaches via recorded materials, assignments, as well as live dialogue/grand rounds to help interns learn to deliver nutrition services in a holistic way. Interns will learn, discuss and strategize how they can help clients implement and sustain meaningful dietary change for life by helping them learn to balance clinical, coaching, psychology and relationship with food approaches.
Andrew Erlandsen, ND
Dean, School of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies
The Postgraduate Clinical Nutrition Internship mission is to qualify nutrition professionals for the CNS certification who aspire to demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence in science-based clinical nutrition practice.
2023 Application Timeline for Summer Term:
May 1 - Applications Open
June 9 - Application Deadline for Summer Term
June 20 - Accepted Students Notified
July 5 - Internship Begins
2023 Application Timeline for Fall Term:
August 21 - Application Deadline for Fall Term
August 28- Accepted Students Notified
September 11 - Internship Begins
How to Apply:
1. Download and complete the Postgraduate Clinical Nutrition Internship Application form: PGCNI-application-fillable-final_1.pdf
2. Upload the completed PDF application to this application page.
3. Complete this online application page, which will include payment of the $25 application fee.