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Virginia Tech Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Our mission: preparing confident, competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who can balance evidence-based practice with client-centered care.

Our program has a unique design, and highlights include:

  • Nine-month certificate program beginning in late August and ending in early May results in early job availability
  • Individualization in schedule, rotations, and assignments to meet unique learning needs and interests of each intern
  • Leadership and professional development emphasis is woven throughout rotations and assignments to support interns’ growth as leaders
  • Affordable, non-credit program design costs less than tuition-based internships
  • Two distinct locations in Blacksburg and Northern Virginia (Washington, D.C. metro area)
  • Weekly class meetings provide frequent opportunities for guest speakers, field trips, communication, and collaboration

Virginia Tech's Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics meets the supervised practice requirement for eligibility to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Applicants to the internship program must complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and must earn at least a bachelor's degree before beginning the program. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information on the requirements and pathways to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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 a.m. Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit CDR’s website. CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Individuals seeking to earn a graduate degree may want to consider Virginia Tech’s Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted accredited status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400,

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