Major: Bachelor of Science in Dietetics; Minor in Psychology, Class of 2014
Internship Experience: Nestlé Department of Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Panama City, Panama
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Anabella has experienced both studying and working on a global scale. After completing a multicultural exchange course in Indiana, she moved to Panama City, Panama and began studying dietetics through Florida State University. Anabella then transferred to FSU’s main campus in 2012 to finish her degree.
During the summer of 2014, she obtained a full-time internship at Nestlé’s Department of Nutrition, Health and Wellness and was able to return to Panama City for the experience. According to Anabella, the internship gave her the opportunity to put into practice what she learned through her dietetics program. She discovered new topics, themes, and global and regional concerns about nutrition that challenged and enriched her.
What were some Career Center services you used or events you attended? How did these help you in landing the internship?
During my internship, I applied for the Experiential Certificate Program (ECP) offered by The Career Center. It motivated me to reflect on my internship and share with both my advisors from Nestlé and FSU all the experiences I gained.
What is one thing you learned from your internship experience?
Since Nestlé’s Panama City location is in charge of all Central America locations, we had something new to create, solve, or accomplish each day. In the Communications Department, I learned how to properly share health and nutrition facts with the public. Writing articles related to child nutrition for mothers required not only information about diet and health, but also short, concise, and simple words that would capture their attention.
Working with the Dairy Department, I had the opportunity to learn how important it is to not only follow the country’s Ministry of Health standards, but also to abide by consumer communication norms.
What are your future goals?
After graduating in fall 2014, I will be applying to jobs in order to gain more professional experience. Through my internship at Nestlé, I realized my interest in becoming a part of a team and having new challenges every day.
After working for a few years, I hope to decide which area I would like to specialize in, and then I would like to pursue a master’s degree.
What advice do you have for current students?
Students should take advantage of the internship opportunities that exist both domestically and worldwide. On-the-job action is one of the best ways to learn and gain experience. Also, Florida State University prepares students to successfully represent the University globally and achieve their goals. Don’t be scared; we all are capable of going where we want to go. Think it, visualize it, prepare for it, and go for it!