Dietetic Internship

A message to prospective interns regarding COVID-19:

The VA/MD WIC Dietetic Internship Program is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 human pandemic.  At this time, there have been no changes to the application process for the Class of 2020-2021.  Updates/changes will be posted here.
 

The VA/MD WIC Dietetic Internship is a fully accredited program whose mission is to offer a supervised experience program based on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Education and entry level program requirements which will produce highly competent community based registered dietitians who can work effectively in the changing healthcare environment.

The goals of the program are to prepare graduates to be competent entry level practitioners in the field of dietetics and to produce graduates who continue their careers within the Virginia or Maryland Community Nutrition field. Objectives of the program include:

  • 95% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.   
  • The program’s one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 16.5 months (150% of the program length). 
  • 80% of graduates will meet employer satisfaction standards of satisfactory or greater for entry-level practice on one-year post graduation employer survey.
  • Of program graduates who seek employment, 95% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of graduates will remain employed in Virginia or Maryland WIC for a minimum of 2 years after passing the credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.
  • 60% of internship graduates will be employed in community nutrition for a minimum of 5 years after passing the credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.

The program seeks to accomplish these goals through comprehensive education and preparation so that interns are able to successfully pass the CDR credentialing exam immediately after graduation and to provide interns ample and broad experience in the complex field of Community Nutrition in that they are capable and eager to continue their nutrition careers in the field of community nutrition.

  •   11 month part time internship
  •    Community Concentration Program
  •    1200 hours of Supervised Practice Hours
  •    Application Deadline June 15

Projected Schedule for 2020/2021 Class

Start Date: September 21st, 2020
Week 1 (9/21/20-9/25/20): Orientation in Richmond, VA (40 hours)
Weeks 2-7: Foodservice Rotation (6 weeks at 40 hours/week)
Weeks 8-17: Community Rotation (10 weeks at 20 hours/week)
Weeks 18-27: Clinical Rotation (10 weeks at 40 hours/week)
Weeks 28-45: (return to) Community Rotation (18 weeks at 20 hours/week)
Weeks 46: Final Review, Exam Prep, Finish all requirements for program completion
Week 47: Graduation in Richmond, VA (8/13/21)

Summary of Hours in Rotations

Community Nutrition:  28 weeks, 20 hrs/wk provides 560 hours supervised practice
Foodservice Management: 6 weeks, 40hrs/wk provides 240 hours supervised practice
Clinical Nutrition: 10 weeks, 40 hrs/wk provides 400 hours supervised practice

Interns accrue 1200 hours in Supervised practice over 47 weeks.

The VA/MD WIC Dietetic Internship is accredited as a Dietetic Internship (DI) through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). For more information on accreditation, contact ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Fax: 312/899-4817
E-mail: ACEND@eatright.org
Web: www.eatright.org/ACEND