Internship Programs

Below are pre-approved internship programs for nutrition professionals seeking interactive virtual mentoring that qualify as Contact Hours for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board Exam Application. 


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Advanced Herbalist & Nutritional Skills Course

Gain experience working with real clients under the direct supervision of experienced herbal and nutritional therapy practitioners. The faculty of K.P. Khalsa’s International Integrative Educational Institute brings together highly trained professional herbalists, naturopathic physicians and TCM practitioners so that you obtain your clinical/internship hours from instructors with real-world clinical experience.

Click here to learn more and to register.

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Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) Certification Program

This 3-month online program in functional nutrition is the only one of its kind–offering direct mentorship from acclaimed functional medicine nutritionist Andrea Nakayama and certifying you as a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP).

The curriculum includes weekly teaching sessions, direct mentorship from Andrea on clinical skills, functional nutrition systems, and any questions that are coming up in your personal practice. Students will learn how to navigate complex cases by utilizing the functional nutrition tools and systems developed by Andrea and used by her nutrition team at the Functional Nutrition Alliance (FxNA).

Through written assignments, collaboration with a partner, and a live case study review with Andrea, students will gain proficiency in all 8 pillars of the Functional Nutrition Mastery Paradigm. Graduates emerge both skilled and confident in assessing client intakes, navigating the terrain of both complex physical symptoms and the delicate client-practitioner relationship, and determining treatment plans for client cases in clinical practice. Students will also learn how to work in partnership with other practitioners, including physicians, and communicate their ideas and insights more effectively so that they can create the change they are most passionate about.

FNLP is an application-only program open to select graduates of the Holistic Nutrition Lab: Full Body Systems.

What graduates are saying: 
"I have so much more confidence in myself and my practice since taking FNLP. I’m solving more and more complex cases. This program is great for someone who really wants to work with the whole person, dig deep, and find the root cause of people’s suffering. FNLP is more individualized than health coaching. To work with people who have illnesses, you need more than health coaching. You need the FNLP training."
~Christine Shin
"Science and theory is great, but application is where it’s at. Andrea teaches you how to actually help the sick people that need you. Andrea’s approach to functional nutrition is the future of healthcare."
~Elisa Haggarty
"I now know I can help real people who walk in my door. I’m more effective, I’m getting better results, and I’m getting more return clients. FNLP gave me tremendous confidence and power. I know I’m a functional nutritionist and I can truly go out and do this."
~Brandin Roa

Sponsored by: Andrea Nakayama and Holistic Nutrition Lab
FNLP is an online 3‐month program that is currently offered once per year:
  • Winter (January, February, March)
Click here for more information.

Lori Rose Research, Case Studies & Applications Internship (for Indirect Contact Hours)

This internship will be based upon indirect contact hours, and will include case study reviews followed by research and creating informational materials to be used for clients. This can include brochures, graphics, handouts, e-books, and other methods used to impart knowledge to clients based upon actual case study health issues. Students can choose how many hours they obtain to a maximum of 250 indirect hours.

Sponsored by: Dr. Lori Rose, CNP, RH (AHG)

Students will be taught virtually either through e-mail, Skype, or phone (whichever method is more comfortable to the student). Scheduling is based on individual needs. Materials will be submitted via e-mail for review.

"Through your indirect-hour mentorship, I have finally opened up a new set of skills that have opened my eyes and my heart to what is possible for me towards achieving my dreams beyond graduation; it's no longer foggy and vague. The more schooling I do and the more I learn from you, the more things are becoming clearer. I've found I'm definitely passionate about holistic nutrition and holistic, greener living, and I'm already taking baby steps to sharing the knowledge I've accumulated to better other's health and well-being. For the longest time I didn't think my passions could become a career, but here I am forging the path and learning how to make it so!" -Ellen Wentz

Apply to: Lori Rose at [email protected].


Hill College, Texas

This internship will be a combination of business and marketing skills, coaching skills, intake and assessment skills, as well as direct contact with clients via two college holistic clinical courses in the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway.  Students will learn to admin a holistic nutrition business Facebook page, blog, and email list as well as create content required for marketing a holistic nutrition business via social media and in person, create content for clients and client outreach workshops and other events, and develop coaching skills related to high mileage open-ended questions, goal setting, and moving clients forward with sustainable habit forming.  Students will also hold client sessions and do client intake, assessment, and protocol development.  Upon completion of the internship courses, students will obtain 500 NANP hours (maximum 250 indirect hours).  This internship is also designed to help students obtain their 50 clients required for national holistic wellness coach board certification as well as the 400 hours and 80 clients required for application to the American Herbalist Guild Registered Herbalist designation.  

Sponsored by: Dr. Lori Rose, CNP, RH (AHG) via the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway

Students will take 1 clinical course in the Fall (Aug –Dec) and the other clinical course in the Spring (Jan-May).  

Apply to: Hill College via, send transcripts to Hill College, apply for FAFSA financial aid (if desired) or speak to the Hill College VA rep to use Veteran’s benefits, and pay Hill College tuition and fees as well as suggested books for the two clinical courses.