Get Involved as a Student
There are lots of different ways our student members can get involved and volunteer their time for the BDA: from writing an article for Dietetics Today, to helping out at a BDA event, to joining your local Branch committee as a student Rep.
Not only is it an excellent experience, it's also great for your CV, for networking and for meeting experts and peers in your future profession, who knows, you may even meet a future employer! Check out the various opportunities available:
LATEST Ad Hoc Opportunities
From time to time, we are approached by our member dietitians about student opportunities, or internships or we may have a request from the BDA office for student involvement. Check out the latest ad hoc student opportunities and if interested get in touch to avoid missing out!
- Write about using PEN for DT
- New Graduate Opportunity in Food Services
- Student Social Media and Digital marketing opportunity
Join our social communities
Follow and link with us on our various social media channels including our Twitter accounts, our Student Facebook page, connect with us on LinkedIn and join our student dietitians Facebook group. Get involved in student-specific online member forum discussions, read and respond to your dedicated RD2b student ezine and keep your My BDA personal profile up to date.
Write for us
Share your experiences by writing your own article for the student page in the BDA member magazine Dietetics Today or tell us about your use of a particular BDA member resource such as PEN - the huge online evidence based resource. Check out the most recent student online articles and writing tips for some inspiration.
Contribute to the BDA's Food Fact Sheet popular resource such as the recent 'Eat Well Spend Less' Sheet which was written by four students at Coventry University with the support of their dietetic lecturer before being peer reviewed and launched online
Connect with your local BDA Branch
In addition to attending your local Branches regular CPD and networking events, why not consider becoming the Student Rep on the Branch committee and help to arrange various Branch events and activities, whilst spreading the word at your university to encourage other students to attend. Fantastic for developing new useful skills, plus great for networking and meeting your peers within the profession. Check out latest Branch vacancies.
Attend and volunteer for the BDA at various events
Each year the BDA attends a number of industry relevant conferences and exhibitions promoting the work of dietetics, alongside also running our own national events. Volunteer at a BDA event and help BDA staff and your fellow members in a variety of ways such as supporting promotional stand activities, whilst getting a free ticket to attend – great for your CPD! Find out more about helping out at BDA events.
"Volunteering or attending BDA events as a student is an excellent way to enhance your CPD, network with other students and professionals, and opens your eyes to the many different paths that a dietetics degree can lead to. The BDA often offers student subsidies, and also some travel bursaries to help you attend academic conferences." Student Member Harriet Smith, Kings College London
Join in with our National Campaigns
Take part and contribute to our Trust a Dietitian campaign – encourage your class, university and even practice placement colleagues to get involved in Dietitians Week and other events and activities related to the nationwide campaign.
Showcase yourself and apply for a BDA Award
Get recognised by the wider profession by applying for one of our student-relevant BDA Annual Awards such as the Patt Judd travel bursary, to broaden your learning as you go into your dietetic careers.
Become the Student Rep on BDA Council
Get voted in as the student representative on BDA Council.
Currently your Student Council Representative for 2016/17 is John Budding. John represents the best interests of student members by attending BDA Council meetings whilst working alongside the membership team to improve student membership benefits, communication and the overall service and value student members receive from being a member of their professional body and trade union. John was voted in at the June BDA AGM, and as the student role runs for just one year, why not get in touch with John to find out about his experience and see whether you'd like to apply for next year! Find out more about why John applied to represent you, and contact him with any query by emailing Student Member.
Find our more about our Specialist areas
Keen to learn more about working in a certain specialist area? Why not keep an eye on upcoming events of our 17 Specialist Groups to meet with expert dietitians working in that field. Many offer a student reduced rate, and they may also have a student vacancy on their committee.
Join a Country Board
Become a student representative or observer on one of the four BDA country boards (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.)