LA PALESTRA’s commitment to education focuses not only on the client but extends into the academic community with a long-standing and highly competitive internship program. This program has affiliations with Teachers College Columbia University, New York University, and Long Island University, among others and precepts interns studying nutrition and exercise sciences.
Currently, LA PALESTRA has an excellent ongoing partnership with Teachers College Columbia University’s Dietetic Internship Program. These master level students, studying to become Registered Dietitians, are placed here up to 7 times a year as a part of their rotation in community nutrition sites. During their 5-week rotation, dietetic interns complete 140 hours of work, covering exercise and nutrition related research projects. Interns also attend weekly senior level exercise specialist education classes, and have the opportunity to see LA PALESTRA’s mission and methodology put into practice first hand.
During their rotation at LA PALESTRA, interns are able to observe the practical application of theories and research learned in the classroom and begin to obtain experience to prepare them to be competent practitioners.