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USU DI Orientation

This year orientation will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Interns will be split in two groups and assigned either June 7-8 or June 14-15, 2021. 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 by the deadlines! See the specific details under each section below. 

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.


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. Once admitted, watch the Canvas Overview video linked below and then complete the Pre-Orientation Assignments in the Pre-Orientation section of the NDFS 6900 Canvas course. 

To begin:

  • Obtain your A-number and Password - Find your Username/A-Number
  • Canvas Overview - Video Tutorial
    • The Introduction to Canvas module in Canvas contains a series of video guides to help you become familiar with the system.




General Orientation Schedule

Below is a tentative outline of the Orientation schedule. A copy of the agenda can be found here (coming soon!) and will be provided to you prior to Orientation.

Day #1: 9:00am-2:30pm MT

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Competency-based Curriculum
  • USU DI Curriculum Overview
  • Diet Education
  • Office Hours as scheduled


Day #2: 9:00am-2:30pm MT

  • NCP and Nutrition Support Practice
  • Growth Mindset
  • Lesson Plans
  • Faculty Breakouts
  • Office Hours as scheduled


You will typically have one hour for lunch each day and 1-2 stretch breaks each day.