Experiential Opportunities

Opportunites outside the classroom

HNFE students in Peru

Opportunities outside the classroom

Undergraduate research programs:
The number of undergraduates participating in research has grown more than 50 percent over the last five years. While it is difficult to offer a research experience to every interested student, our faculty have made considerable efforts to work with undergraduates. Additionally, students may find opportunities in other departments.

  • Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
    This ten week training program is designed to give motivated undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full time (approx. 40 hours/week) research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training. The experience will help students determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school. The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research. Students selected to participate will receive a $4,000 stipend.
  • Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) This program provides undergraduates from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to conduct research on campus and to educate participants about graduate education. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer working closely with a faculty mentor to design, conduct, and present a scholarly research presentation.

Individual learning experiences:

  • Field studies
    Field study sites are commonly local physical therapy centers, dental offices, free clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, Virginia Tech athletics, and physician offices. Students enroll for one to three credit hours, with each credit hour requiring 45 hours of contact.

  • Summer Internship with the Family Nutrition Program of Virginia
    During the program, interns participate in community nutrition education and outreach around the state in farmers markets in the counties of Augusta, Fairfax, Montgomery, Prince William, Roanoke, Spotsylvania, and King George, as well as the cities of Richmond, Roanoke, and Salem. During their employment, interns offer food experiences and educate the public about basic nutrition information that includes storing and preserving fresh produce and food safety. Students also conduct outreach to SNAP participants and will typically interact with several hundred people over the course of the summer. FNP recruits rising junior and senior HNFE students during the previous academic year. Interested students should contact Ashley Songer, the summer internship program coordinator.
  • Study abroad
    The lock-step nature of the HNFE undergraduate curriculum creates some level of difficulty for students wanting to study abroad. We recognize this problem, and we also recognize the benefit of international experiences; please contact Renee Eaton to learn about opportunties.