What kind of jobs do your graduates obtain after graduation?
Graduates have found jobs in all areas of dietetics including hospital clinical dietetics, long term care, health promotion, food service management, private practice, government agencies and community nutrition.
What if I want to visit the program?
We encourage prospective interns to visit the program during the scheduled open house (please see the home page for information). By doing so, you will have the opportunity to meet the program director, site director, and current interns. You may wish to visit either the Northern Virginia location or the Blacksburg location. Some prospective interns may wish to contact a current or former intern. If so, please notify Carol Papillon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will provide you with a contact name and e-mail.
Is the internship coordinated with the graduate program?
No, but some interns choose to complete Virginia Tech's graduate program before or after completing the internship. For more information on the graduate program in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, visit our Graduate Academics page at www.hnfe.vt.edu
Am I considered a student while completing the dietetic internship at Virginia Tech?
Interns are entered into the university system as students for financial aid and for library access purposes only. The dietetic internship program is a non-credit program and since interns are not eligible to pay student activities fees they are not officially students nor eligible to access student resources that are supported by student activity fees including gym, health center or athletic tickets. Dietetic interns are eligible to purchase student health insurance through the Controller’s Office.
Why did the current interns decide to apply to the Virginia Tech Dietetic Internship?
I applied to the Virginia Tech DI because of its emphasis in leadership and professional development. These are skills that I can apply and strengthen in each rotation.
I really liked the fact that the VT Dietetic Internship was so rich in various dietetic experiences instead of just one specific area of the dietetic profession. I also appreciated the program director's enthusiasm to get to know the interns' and their interests and place them in the best possible locations to fit their needs. And I cannot lie that I was really excited about the possible field trip to Polyface Farms (that was the icing on the cake for me!).
I chose the Virginia Tech DI because it offers a comfortable, yet challenging, learning environment. Carol and Susan made me feel important before I was even accepted into the program and that meant a lot. I never felt like just another prospective intern. Beyond that, the leadership emphasis is what sold me. Whatever path in dietetics you choose (or any career for that matter) knowing how to effectively lead and work together within a group is vital.
I applied to Virginia Tech’s internship for a number of reasons, the greatest being …the directors really try to help each intern follow his or her own personal area of interest by providing a wide range of practice settings.
I decided to apply to the VT dietetic internship because:
1) I earned my BS and MS at Tech, and love the learning environment and academic structure.
2) It was close to home.
I applied to Virginia Tech because I attended the open house and it just seemed to fit with my personality and what I wanted in an internship. [The director] was extremely nice and all of the current interns seemed to love it. I also liked that the rotations could be custom to what the intern was interested in. There didn't seem to be any limitations to the elective rotation weeks.
I applied to the Virginia Tech Dietetic Internship for two reasons. One, the emphasis in Leadership and Professional Development struck me as something that would enhance my future career by strengthening my ability to be a leader and difference maker no matter my path. Second, the overall culture of the program seemed to be one that encouraged students to explore their own passions and interests and provided the tools, skills, and resources to make any dream a reality.
The Virginia Tech dietetic internship had everything I wanted in an internship program. It had the clinical focus I was looking for, a diverse selection of sites to do rotations at, and most importantly, truly put an emphasis on fulfilling the individual career goals of the interns. Reading over the program made it evident to me that the interns loved the internship, preceptors, and directors, and that was exactly the kind of learning experience I wanted to be a part of.