About the two program locations:

  • The Blacksburg and Northern Virginia sites offer unique experiences and rotations but use the same curriculum and schedule.
  • To reduce travel time and expense, interns who are relocating for either site location are encouraged to wait to find housing until they know where they will complete their rotations.
  • Rotation assignments are made based on the intern’s learning needs, goals, experience, and geography.
  • Interns from the two sites meet jointly two to three times per year for unique learning opportunities; lodging is provided for overnight trips.
  • Interns are placed at one primary facility during clinical rotations and are scheduled at additional sites as needed to guarantee exposure to a variety of clinical areas. Interns are placed at two facilities during community rotations and one facility during the food service management rotations.

Additional experiences have included:

Blacksburg program information:

Eight interns work in facilities located within a one-hour drive of Blacksburg.

Classes are usually held on Fridays, either on campus or in nearby facilities.

Opportunities often exist for rotations in Lynchburg; Martinsville; Danville; and Princeton, West Virginia. Interns who are interested in these locations are encouraged to contact the director before submitting an application.

Contact Carol Papillon, Program Director, cpapillo@vt.edu, 540-231-8769

2016-17 Blacksburg Interns
Left to right: Audra Kramer, Ashley Madura, Lindsey Evans, Amanda Brooks, Amelia Ritchie, Ashley Bubb, Keya Dunford, Tyler Epperson
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Amanda Brooks Virginia State University
Ashley Bubb James Madison University
Keya Dunford Virginia Tech
Tyler Epperson Virginia Tech
Lindsay Evans Pennsylvania State University
Audra Kramer Southeast Missouri State University
(MPH, Southern Illinois University)
Ashley Madura Pennsylvania State University
Amelia Ritchie James Madison University

Northern Virginia program information:

Eight interns complete their rotations within the Washington, DC metropolitan area, which includes Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.

Classes are usually held on Mondays at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center.

Contact Amy LaFalce, Northern Virginia Site Director, alafalce@vt.edu, 703-209-0584

2016-17 NOVA Interns
Left to right: Kathleen Walters, Jo Mandelson, Megan McFadden, Jenny Dang, Carly MacDougall, Emily Tolino, Mary Smith, Lee Crosby
Interns DPD Program
Lelia Crosby University of Maryland
Jennifer Dang Pennsylvania State University
Carly MacDougall Virginia Tech (MS)
Joan Mandelson James Madison University (MS)
Megan McFadden Kansas State University
Mary Smith University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Emily Tolino University of Maryland
Kathleen Walters University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
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Carol B. Papillon, MPH, RD
Internship Director

Amy LaFalce, MS, RD
Northern Virginia Internship Site Director