Raw Vegan Culinary, Nutrition and Welness

Incorporating a 120-hour internship component into your raw vegan courses can provide valuable practical experience and hands-on learning opportunities for your students. Here’s how you can structure and manage a 120-hour internship program within your raw vegan courses:

  1. Internship Objectives:
    • Clearly define the objectives and learning outcomes of the internship. What skills, knowledge, and experiences do you want your students to gain during this period?
  2. Internship Duration:
    • Determine the duration of the internship, which in this case is 120 hours. This may be spread out over several weeks or months, depending on your course structure.
  3. Internship Placement:
    • Identify suitable placement opportunities for your students. This could involve collaborating with local raw vegan restaurants, cafes, catering services, or food businesses.
    • Ensure that the internship placements align with the goals and content of your raw vegan courses.
  4. Internship Application Process:
    • Develop a transparent application and selection process for students interested in the internship. Consider factors like students’ skills, availability, and preferences.
  5. Internship Orientation:
    • Conduct an orientation session or workshop to prepare students for their internship experience. Provide information about the internship expectations, roles, responsibilities, and any specific guidelines for the chosen placements.
  6. Internship Supervision:
    • Assign mentors or supervisors from the chosen internship placements to oversee and guide students during their internship.
    • Establish clear lines of communication between the internship supervisors, students, and your course instructors.
  7. Internship Activities:
    • Define the specific activities and tasks that students will be engaged in during their internship. This could include food preparation, menu planning, customer service, or kitchen management, depending on the placement.
  8. Internship Learning Journal:
    • Require students to maintain a learning journal or log where they record their daily experiences, challenges, accomplishments, and reflections during the internship.
  9. Regular Check-Ins:
    • Schedule regular check-in meetings between your course instructors and students to monitor their progress, address any concerns, and provide guidance and support.
  10. Internship Assessment:
    • Develop an assessment framework for evaluating students’ performance during their internships. Consider factors like punctuality, professionalism, culinary skills, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities.
    • Encourage internship supervisors to provide feedback and assessments as well.
  11. Internship Projects:
    • Assign internship-related projects or assignments that students must complete as part of their internship experience. These projects can be used to assess their learning outcomes.
  12. Final Presentation or Report:
    • Require students to present their internship experiences to the class or submit a final internship report summarizing what they learned, accomplished, and how the experience influenced their understanding of raw vegan cuisine.
  13. Internship Reflections:
    • Encourage students to reflect on their internship experiences, discussing how it has impacted their career aspirations and their understanding of the raw vegan food industry.
  14. Internship Certificates:
    • Provide internship completion certificates to students who successfully complete their 120-hour internship, which can be a valuable addition to their resumes.
  15. Feedback and Continuous Improvement:
    • Seek feedback from both students and internship supervisors to continuously improve the internship program for future cohorts.

A 120-hour internship program can greatly enhance the learning experience of your raw vegan course students by providing real-world exposure to the field. It allows them to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to practical, professional settings, helping them become well-rounded and competent in the world of raw vegan cuisine.