Internships & Students Opportunities

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

Felicia Newell

Felicia holds a BSc Applied Human Nutrition which she completed in 2011 at MSVU, and is currently in her second year of the MSc Applied Human Nutrition at MSVU. As an independent study course, Felicia has been working to complete secondary data analysis of provincial food costing data and develop a manuscript assessing the affordability of a nutritious diet for minimum wage earners in Nova Scotia from 2002-2010. Felicia also received the ‘2012-2013 CIHR Health Professional Student Award’ through her work with the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. For her thesis project, she will be exploring the everyday experiences of low-income mothers through the use of PhotoVoice and Institutional Ethnography. She will be investigating the link between food insecurity and social marginalization; with the aim of contributing to improved food security through the empowerment of low-income mothers.

Nadia Pabani

Nadia is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Nutrition and Food program (B.A.Sc.). She is currently pursuing the Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition program at Mount Saint Vincent University, in addition to being a dietetic intern. Through her engagement in the research at FoodARC, Nadia developed research interests in food security; participatory communication; arts-informed inquiry such as Photovoice; and monitoring and evaluation techniques. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Patty Williams and Dr. Catherine Morley, Nadia is focusing her research on the use of Participatory Video in evaluating the impacts of the NS Participatory Food Costing Projects.

Alumni & Previous Dietetic Interns

  • 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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