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Orientation Week

This year Orientation Week will be June 5 - June 8, 2017 (Monday-Thursday). To help you prepare for Orientation there are several tasks and assignments to complete. Some items will take longer than others. Make sure you review the Pre-Orientation Assignments & Lectures now, so you can plan enough time to complete everything! See the specific details under each section below. 

directions to USU Salt Lake


Directions to USU Salt Lake

Map of USU, Ramada Inn, and local eateries

If you get lost driving or walking, call 385-646-5570

hotel information for orientation


All interns are responsible for finding and paying for their own sleeping accommodations while attending Orientation. The USU DI is located approximately a 10-15 minutes drive from the "downtown" area. Refer to the map.

For your convenience, we have arranged for a discounted USU DI rate at the Ramada Inn, located just across the street from the USU Salt Lake Center. Interns have stayed there the last few years and have found it very convenient. You are welcome to stay wherever is most convenient for you. The closer to "downtown" you get, the more expensive the hotels usually are but may be more convenient for sight-seeing and dining. 

In order to receive discounts on hotel rooms you must book before Friday, May 19, 2017.

View the hotel accommodations document for more information.  We suggest sharing a hotel room with another intern to save money.  See the USU DI Class List included in the Welcome email for names and contact information of the other interns.

transportation for orientation


Utah State University Salt Lake Campus is approximately 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.

Transportation options include the Ramada Inn Shuttle, renting a car, mass transit (UTA bus or UTA Trax), and/or local taxi services, as well as Uber and Lyft. 

View the transportation information document for more information. 

If you are staying at the Ramada Inn and don't plan to do a lot of extra sight seeing you probably can get by without a car. However, if you do decide to rent a car, we encourage interns to coordinate and share the car rental to decrease expenses. 

meals at orientation


You will be responsible for most of your meals during Orientation Week, however, the USU DI will provide the following:

  • Monday - Dinner will be provided at the opening social
  • Tuesday - Lunch voucher provided
  • Wednesday - Lunch voucher provided
  • Thursday - Lunch voucher provided
  • The Granite Education Center (GEC) building in which we are located has a cafe/cafeteria. On Tuesday-Thursday, you will receive a lunch voucher to use at the GEC cafe. The cafe has a variety of options from salad bar, sandwiches, wraps, grill items, pizza, soup, and a la carte items. 
  • The GEC cafe is open from 8:30 am-2:00 pm daily.
  • Typically we will give you about an hour for lunch.
  • The USU Salt Lake Center has a small kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig machines (bring your own pods) for your use during Orientation. 

Breakfast - If you are staying at the Ramada Inn, they provide a free continental breakfast or a hot breakfast for $5 and up. Dining options near the USU DI are limited. Plan accordingly. 

Dinners - With the exception of Monday night, you will be on your own for dinner. We have compiled a list of restaurants that we like to help you have an enjoyable experience. Most of the restaurants are within 10-15 minutes driving distance of USU Salt Lake. 

dress code at orientation


During Orientation week we have a business casual dress code.  Please read and follow the USU DI Dress and Personal Appearance for details on the dress code throughout the internship. Starting the internship marks your transition from college to professional life. The clothes you choose to buy and wear should reflect work/business norms, not what you may have worn to class.

On Thursday we allow you to dress down, similar to casual dress day in the office. Sandals, jeans, and casual business attire are allowed. You may also wear your new USU t-shirt if you would like. However, strapless tops, bare midriff tops, shorts, mini-skirts, and exercise attire are not allowed any time during Orientation. Refer to the dress code for guidance or ask DI faculty.

pre-orientation assignments and lectures


To ensure that the time spent at Orientation Week is meaningful, interns will complete some lectures and assignments before coming to Orientation. Some are quick and easy, while others may take you longer to finish. Plan ahead! They will take at least 5-10 hours to watch and complete.

The instructions for assignments and lectures will be found and completed in Canvas, our online classroom system. You will be unable to access Canvas until you have been officially admitted into USU. See USU Admission for details. Once admitted, watch the Getting Started with Canvas video (below) to learn how to access Canvas and complete each assignment as specified.

To begin:

  • Obtain your A-number and Password - Find your Username/A-Number
  • Getting Started with Canvas - Video Tutorial
    • Other video guides are available on the Canvas Help Center to help you become familiar with the system.




General Orientation Schedule

Below is a brief outline of the Orientation Week schedule. A copy of the agenda is available here

Monday: 3:30-7:00 pm - Note we will be starting Monday afternoon

  • Registration begins at 3:30 pm. Sessions begin at 4:00 pm
  • Welcome and getting to know you
  • USU DI Class picture
  • Dinner and socializing
  • Instructor Break-out Sessions

Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm - Sessions start promptly at 8 am

  • Review of Internship Curriculum and Assignments
  • Internship Computer Technology Overview
  • Class Collaboration Project
  • Clinical Workshops
  • Lesson Plan Development Workshop
  • Professional Attributes Team Assignments
  • Masters of Dietetics Administration (MDA) Overview
  • Case Study Presentation Example from a recent USU DI Intern
  • One-on-One Appointments with Faculty

Thursday: 8:00 am-3:00 pm - Sessions start promptly at 8 am

  • Clinical Workshops
  • Internship Expectations
  • Instructor Break-out Sessions
  • One-on-One Appointments with Faculty

You will typically have one hour for lunch each day.


Remember that your Orientation tuition is due on Sunday, June 4, 2017 prior to Orientation Week. You can pay online before you arrive using one of the options listed here. If you are also registered for other courses during the summer, the Orientation fee is included in the tuition charged for your other courses. If you have questions about paying tuition, contact your assigned USU DI faculty


Utah's June weather is usually warm (highs in the 70s- 80s), but in case of inclement weather make sure you bring a jacket or other warmer clothing. Occasionally we've had cold, rainy weather, so make sure you come prepared. We will be indoors for most of the day and classroom temperature regulation varies. We encourage you to dress in layers so you can be comfortable throughout the day.

Utah is a desert and it is very dry. If you're coming from a humid climate, you'll feel the difference the most. It's a good idea to start drinking more water or hydrating more even a few days before you get here. We'll be giving you a reusable water bottle that you can keep with you and refill during the day. 



  • Clothing/Dress: Refer to the Dress and Personal Appearance policy for information on dress during Orientation. We will be inside an air conditioned building most of the time, so dress in layers, or bring a sweater or jacket, and plan on wearing socks and shoes.
  • Laptop/Tablet: We strongly encourage that you bring some type of laptop or tablet if one is available to you. For some orientation activities we’ll be using the eNCPT website and other online resources. Bringing a laptop/tablet is not mandatory, but it may make those activities easier. We will make sure everyone can view what is needed if you don’t have a laptop/tablet of your own.
  • Room to Spare: We will be giving you some USU DI items including a messenger-type bag, binder, water bottle, calculator, etc. For those of you traveling by plane, you will want to make sure you have a little bit of space left in your bags to take these things home.