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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
  • 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.

Prospective Interns

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship at the VA/MD WIC Dietetic Internship Program are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN once a master’s degree is obtained.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice (Virginia does not require licensure). For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.