Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of jobs do your graduates obtain after graduation?
    Graduates have found jobs in all areas of dietetics including in- and outpatient clinical dietetics, long term care, health promotion, school nutrition, private practice, policy, communications, research, and community nutrition.

  2. What if I want to visit the program?
    We encourage prospective applicants to visit the program during one of the scheduled open houses in the fall where you will meet the director and current interns. You may wish to visit either the Northern Virginia location or the Blacksburg location. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact a current or former intern to hear their firsthand experiences; please contact Carol Papillon for a list of interns who are happy to talk with you and for recommendations about who to contact based on the questions you'd like answered.

  3. Is the internship coordinated with HNFE's graduate program?
    No. Some interns choose to complete Virginia Tech's graduate program before or after completing the internship, but the programs are separate. For more information on the graduate program in HNFE, visit the Graduate Program page.

  4. Am I considered a student while completing the internship at Virginia Tech?
    Interns are entered in the university system as students for financial aid and for library access purposes only. The internship is a non-credit program, and since interns are not eligible to pay student activities fees, they are not officially students and cannot access student resources supported by student activity fees including the gym, health center, or athletic tickets.

  5. Are interns permitted to work during the internship?
    Interns spend at least 45-50 hours per week doing internship-related activities. Employment opportunities that allow interns to fulfill program requirements are limited; expectations forĀ  performance do not change due to employment status. If you have questions about employment during the internship, contact us before submitting an application.