Nutrition is becoming increasingly competitive. Work experience may improve your employment opportunities but even work experience can be difficult to find, so it is important to start looking early and be persistent.
If you are at university you may find that your programme involves a placement within industry, research bodies or local primary care trusts. If you haven’t already, you should speak to your personal tutor about finding placements and ask them how the University will support you in finding something. You should also visit your careers service and try to speak to an advisor there. Even if your programme does not have a placement year, you may be able to find a summer placement.
Companies such as Unilever, GSK and Nestle can sometimes offer work placements or internships. If you are looking for work placements in Public Health Nutrition, these are often arranged at a local level with local universities. Many Public Health Nutrition jobs are based in NHS Primary Care trusts so you could try contacting your local PCT for any experience opportunities.
You may also be able to find voluntary opportunities with charities or other not-for-profit groups. There are several online listings for voluntary opportunities, for example Do-It.org