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July 14 2014


UTTC Student awarded Internship with NDSU Extension
By Wanda Agnew, PhD, RD-LRD, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition and Foodservice Instructor

Nutrition and Foodservice student, Melinda Whiteman Tekanye, was selected to serve as an intern working with NDSU Extension Services during summer 2014. Her assignment is in a new program designed to provide Native American college students with an overview of professional employment as part of a county extension team.

Melinda submitted the application and went through an interview process. The program allows her to gain work experience under the supervision of an extension agent in her home community. Melinda’s home is at Spirit Lake; her summer office will be in Minnewaukan in Benson County.

She is fortunate to have family to live with while she works in the 12-week paid internship.

Melinda’s responsibilities include assisting the extension service staff in delivering community education in the areas of family and consumer science, youth development, or community and economic development. She will also participate in delivering health and nutrition messages at 4-H programs, events, and camping activities.

This opportunity is a strong resume-builder for Melinda. She intends to apply for a bachelor’s degree in dietetics.

She graduated from the UTTC Nutrition and Wellness degree in May and plans to take additional UTTC courses during fall semester. She is carefully taking advantage of everything UTTC offers that will transfer into the UND bachelors program, where she plans to attend in 2015.

Melinda Whiteman Tekanye

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