Internships & Students Opportunities

Photos - Interns and staff participating in food security research

Interns and staff participating in food security research

FoodARC welcomes students into a dynamic, rich, and supportive learning environment. Community college and university students are encouraged to inquire about internship and other learning opportunities (e.g., co-op placements, dietetic internships, etc.).

Participatory leadership, experiential learning, and working with communities are cornerstones to student experiences. Students also pioneer approaches, such as employing photography and video for research and action, using social media, and trying innovative approaches for sharing knowledge. Each project has different opportunities, in addition to working across projects and activities.

At FoodARC, students are involved in many capacities – as graduate students, dietetic interns, volunteers, and research assistants. Student involvement creates and models inclusive environments where students find opportunities for personal and professional development. The students at FoodARC are passionate about food security issues in Nova Scotia and beyond and use this passion in their work with FoodARC projects and their unique research projects.

Current Students

Summer Dietetic intern – Ksenia Kholina

Ksenia Kholina started her academic path by pursuing a Medical Degree (2016) at Pavlov First State Medical University in her hometown, Saint Petersburg, Russia. While studying, she worked in the clinical research setting (Research Institute of Surgery and Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Unit) for over two years. This clinical experience built on her knowledge and formed Ksenia’s strong interest in disease prevention and public health that led her to the field of nutrition and dietetics. Currently, Ksenia is finishing her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University and starting the Master of Science program in the same field. Ksenia Kholina’s research interests include the role of various factors in chronic disease prevention, such as early childhood nutrition, social determinants of health, food security, policy and public health, as well as knowledge translation and health promotion. Ksenia Kholina’s expertise and research potential were recognized by Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation with a prestigious Scotia Scholars Award (2018). Ksenia’s current work at FoodARC includes an evaluative study of The Hand You’re Dealt, as well as research related to marketing to children.

Alumni & Previous Dietetic Interns

  • Felicia Newell
  • Nadia Pabani
  • Stef Amos
  • Kim Allen
  • Menna Ataya
  • Jessica Bihari
  • Andrea Booth
  • Alyson Branton
  • Diana Chard
  • Samantha Cohen
  • Alyson Cox
  • Katie Cvitkovitch
  • Elisa Ferrante
  • Irena Forbes
  • Christopher Hardy
  • Josh Keil
  • Erin Kelly
  • Nicole MacPherson
  • Brett Maletic
  • Kerensa March
  • Molly McCormick
  • Vanessa Mermuys
  • Maryke Mody
  • Walaa Moumineh
  • Lesley Neil
  • Beverley Noseworthy
  • Kelvin Pang
  • Megan Ramsay
  • Kendra Read
  • Chris Stothart
  • Sarah Shaw
  • Carrie Terrio
  • Kelly Whalen


Below, you’ll find some videos about student involvement and student-led projects.

Dietetic Internships at FoodARC

Check out this video about the Mount community garden.

A video by Carrie Terrio and Walaa Mumenah about community food security as part of their MSVU graduate coursework in Applied Human Nutrition.

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