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Shannlyn Spotted Elk is ISU July Career Path Intern of the Month

July 1, 2019

POCATELLO – Shannlyn Spotted Elk, who spent the past six months interning with the Shoshone Bannock Tribes Fort Hall Diabetes Program, is Idaho State University’s July 2019 Career Path Intern of the Month.

Spotted Elk with her supervisorSpotted Elk, a recent graduate of the ISU dietetics program, performed outreach through community presentations, participated in dietetic home visits, and collaborated with the Fort Hall Language/Culture program on developing nutrition education posters with traditional foods. The diabetes program she work on is a division of the Tribal Health and Human Services.

“We have been extremely pleased with Shanlynn’s volume of work and the excellent caliber of her contributions,” said Barbara Gordon, ISU clinical assistant professor, director of the ISU dietetics program, and Spotted Elk’s supervisor. “She is as shining star who deserves to be recognized for her stellar representation of Idaho State University.”

Spotted Elk’s internship experience with community outreach has helped shape her future plans as a dietitian.

“I plan on returning to school to get a master’s or doctoral degree,” Spotted Elk said. “I would then be able to conduct research on how improve the health in Native Americans communities and hopefully make real change come about.”

Spotted Elk graduated in May 2019 and will start a postgraduate dietetic internship in Montana in the fall. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and trying new sports such as paddle boarding.

For more information on the ISU CPI program, contact Emily Jahsman at jahsemil@isu.edu.

Photo information: Shannlyn Spotted Elk, right, pictured with her Career Path Internship off-campus supervisor, Erin Brownley.

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral high research activity university and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU has nine Colleges, a Graduate School and a Division of Health Sciences that together offer more than 250 certificate and degree programs. More than 12,000 students attend ISU. Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions.