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Eligibility

  • Currently be employed by VA or MD WIC VA Job Seekers | MD Job Seekers
  • VA WIC requires 6 months of employment prior to application to the internship
  • MD WIC requires 12 months of employment prior to application to the internship
  • Requires the applicant to have earned an undergraduate degree and have completed all academic requirement of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as an accredited undergraduate dietetics major
  • All applicants must have completed a 3 credit hour advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) course or an approved equivalent course (must be approved by the Internship Director prior to application) within 5 years of application date
  • Virginia/Maryland WIC internship does not participate in the “match” program

Internship

  • One internship class per year, 8 internship slots per class
  • Internship begins in September ends in August the following year, consisting of 1200 hours of supervised practice
  • Community Concentration Program
  • 47 weeks (11 months)
  • 20 hours per week completing internship activities 20 hours working for WIC
  • Two off site rotations; foodservice management 6 weeks 40 hours per week and a clinical rotation of 10 weeks 40 hours per week
  • Full time VDH interns granted educational leave to participate in the program.
  • Full time VA and MD interns receive full salary and benefits during the internship
  • Being granted educational leave requires the VA/MD Dietetic Internship graduate to:
    • Take the RD exam within 6 months of program completion
    • Pass the RD exam within 12 months of program completion
    • Internship graduates must continue employment upon successful completion of the RD exam. VA graduates must work 12 months full time, MD graduates must work 24 months full time
  • Interns complete rotations within their community or geographic region of Virginia or Maryland where they live, if possible
  • Internship Orientation is held in Richmond, VA

Estimate Costs to the Intern

 

Prior to/During the Internship:

Liability Insurance (Mandatory): up to $100

Resource Fee*:  $6550

Student Membership in AND: $65

Lab coat/uniforms as required: $50

Transportation/lodging: $600-$1400

Misc. such as fee for drug screen evaluation: $20-$50

RD Exam review course (optional):  $300-$450


Upon Completion of Internship:

Registration Exam Fee:  $200


Upon Passing the Registration Exam:

Annual Registration: $60

Licensure Fee (Maryland only):  $300

Dietetic Practice Group Fee (optional):  varies by group

Membership in AND (optional):  $285

*Resource Fee:  The internship program applies for an operational adjustment (OA) grant each year from USDA to cover the resource fee.  If the program does not receive the grant, each intern will be responsible for paying the resource fee (which can be paid in three installments).  Please contact the Internship Director regarding questions about the status of the grant.

Outcomes Data

Outcome data relating to intern graduation, exam results, and employment post-internship are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Internship Director and may take up to 30 days to be processed.