Schedule and Locations

Virginia map with DI locations

Schedule Highlights:

  • Full-time program beginning late August and ending early May
  • 16 weeks of clinical dietetics, eight weeks of community nutrition, six weeks of food service management practice, and a two-week intern-designed elective
  • Four days at practice sites and one day of class each week
  • Four weeks of breaks throughout the year (one week Thanksgiving break, two week winter break, and one week spring break)
  • Schedule overview 2019-20

Select one of two program locations: Blacksburg or Northern Virginia/Washington DC Metro

  • The Blacksburg and Northern Virginia sites use the same curriculum and schedule but offer unique experiences and rotations. There is a director at both sites.
  • To reduce travel time and expense, interns are encouraged to speak with the director before committing to any specific housing.
  • Rotation assignments are made based on the intern’s learning needs, goals, experience, and geographical considerations.
  • Interns from the two sites meet jointly two to three times per year for unique learning opportunities such as touring Polyface Farms, participating in the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (VAND) state legislative day, and attending the VAND annual meeting. Lodging and transportation are provided for overnight trips.

Unique experiences have included:

Blacksburg location information:

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

Classes are held weekly, 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

Intern placements in recent years:

Acute care hospitals

  • Carilion Clinic
  • Centra Health
  • Lewis Gale Medical Center
  • Lewis Gale Montgomery
  • Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Sovah Health-Danville Medical Center

Long term care facilities

  • Berkshire Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Richfield Retirement Center
  • Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Warm Hearth Village Retirement Community
  • Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center Community Living Center

Outpatient facilities

  • Carilion Clinic Cancer Center
  • Carilion Clinic Diabetes Management Center
  • Fresenius Kidney Care
  • Lewis Gale Medical Center Diabetes
  • Lewis Gale Regional Cancer Center at Pulaski
  • Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center Diabetes Program and Outpatient Clinics

Intern placements used in recent years:

  • American Heart Association
  • Balanced Living with Diabetes
  • Cancer Services, Inc.
  • Carilion Clinic Pediatrics
  • Family Nutrition Program
  • Healthy Roanoke Valley
  • InnovAge Virginia PACE
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Total Action for Progress Head Start
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Virginia Tech Hokie Wellness

Intern placements in recent years:

  • Carilion Clinic
  • Lewis Gale Medical Center
  • Lewis Gale Hospital - Montgomery
  • Medical Facilities of America
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Virginia Tech Dining Services
  • Warm Hearth Village Retirement Community

Interns design their own two-week elective rotation. Many interns choose to complete their elective at one of the sites listed above. Additional elective sites in recent years have included the following:

  • Carilion Clinic Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Carilion Clinical Outpatient Pediatrics
  • Eating Disorders Clinic
  • Food Bank
  • Functional Nutrition Clinic/Kathy Swift
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • US Air Force Base - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (Richmond)
  • Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Virginia Tech Hokie Wellness
  • Weight of the State conference
  • Winchester Medical Center Neonatal ICU

Northern Virginia location information:

Ten 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

Intern placements in recent years:

Acute care hospitals

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Children’s Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Loudon Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Reston Hospital Center
  • Winchester Medical Center

Long term care facilities

  • Burke Health & Rehabilitation
  • Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation
  • Community Living Center at Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Greenspring Village
  • Hebrew Home of Greater Washington
  • Lake Manassas Health & Rehabilitation
  • Lynn Care Center at Warren Memorial Hospital

Outpatient facilities

  • Arlington Pediatric Center
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • DaVita Kidney Care
  • Inova Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Inova Center for Wellness and Metabolic Health
  • Inova Schar Cancer Institute
  • Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • MedStar Bariatrics and Weight Management
  • MedStar Diabetes Institute
  • Reston Hospital Diabetes Education Center
  • Total Health Concepts
  • Valley Health Diabetes Management
  • Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program
  • Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Intern placements in recent years:

  • A Nu Healthy You
  • Arlington WIC Program
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center
  • Center for Discovery
  • Clementine Twin Lakes
  • Common Threads
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Head Start
  • Food Directions
  • Food & Friends, LLC
  • Food Minds
  • Higher Horizons Head Start
  • International Food Information Council
  • Lord Fairfax WIC Program
  • Loudon County Public Schools
  • Manna Food Center
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • N. Chapman and Associates
  • Washington DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Wellness, and Nutrition Services Division
  • Valley Health Wellness and Fitness
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Wellness Corporate Solutions

Intern placements in recent years:

  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Clementine Twin Lakes
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Greenspring Village
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Loudon County Public Schools
  • Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Montgomery County Public Schools

Interns design their own two-week elective rotation. Many interns choose to complete their elective at one of the sites listed above. Additional elective sites in recent years have included the following:

  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Georgetown University
  • International Food Information Council
  • Metropolitan Breastfeeding
  • My Chef Shirley, LLC
  • Nutrition Unlocked, LLC
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Roots Reboot
  • Somatus, Inc.
  • Stacie Haaga, RD, CLT
  • VIDA Fitness
  • Virginia Tech Athletics