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Schedule and Locations

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Schedule Highlights:

  • Full-time program with flexible scheduling options:
    • Complete the internship in 8.5 months (August-April)
    • Option for intern-designed 2-week elective
    • Incorporate an optional online master’s degree (15 months total for internship and master’s degree)
  • Directors schedule rotations based on interests and needs of each intern. 
  • Class meetings support positive relationships and work-life balance by combining in-person and remote learning
  • Four weeks of vacation breaks scheduled throughout the program

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

  • The Blacksburg and Northern Virginia locations use the same curriculum and schedule but offer unique experiences and rotations. There is a director in each location.
  • For interns who want to complete rotations in other areas, opportunities may be available in Danville, Lynchburg, Richmond, Williamsburg, and Winchester, VA and Martinsburg, WV. Other areas may be considered. Interns will affiliate with the internship location (Blacksburg or Northern Virginia/DC Metro) closest to them. Interns who are interested in these locations are encouraged to contact the director in advance and to submit an application through the pre-select process.
  • To reduce travel time and expense, interns are strongly 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.

Blacksburg location information:

Ten interns work in facilities located within a one-hour drive of Blacksburg or the geographic location of their preselect application.

Contact Carol Papillon, Program Director,

Intern placements in recent years:

Acute care hospitals

  • Ballad Health
  • Bon Secours Health Systems
  • Centra Health
  • LewisGale Medical Center
  • LewisGale Montgomery
  • LewisGale Pulaski
  • Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Sentara Health
  • Sovah Health-Danville and Martinsville Medical Center

Long term care facilities

  • Richfield Retirement Center
  • Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center Community Living Center
  • Warm Hearth Village Retirement Community

Outpatient facilities

  • Carilion Diabetes Center
  • Fresenius Kidney Care
  • LewisGale Regional Cancer Center at Pulaski
  • New Horizons Healthcare
  • Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center Diabetes Program and Outpatient Clinics
  • University of Virginia Dialysis Centers

Intern placements used in recent years:

  • American Heart Association
  • Balanced Living with Diabetes
  • Cancer Services, Inc. (virtual)
  • Family Nutrition Program
  • Feeding America Food Bank
  • Food City (retail)
  • First We Nourish (private practice)
  • New Horizons Healthcare
  • Nutrition Counseling Roanoke (private practice-eating disorders)
  • Project Well (virtual)
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
  • Virginia Tech Athletics
  • VIrginia Tech Dining Services
  • Virginia Tech Hokie Wellness
  • Community Solutions Center, Feeding America
  • LewisGale Medical Center
  • LewisGale Hospital - Montgomery
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Roanoke College
  • Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Virginia Tech Dining Services
  • Warm Hearth Village Retirement Community

Northern Virginia location information:

Interns complete their rotations within a one-hour drive from Washington, DC, or the geographic location listed on their pre-select application.

Contact Amy LaFalce, Northern Virginia Site Director,

Intern placements in recent years:

Acute care hospitals

  • Inova Health System
  • Martinsburg, West Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Reston Hospital Center
  • Winchester Medical Center

Long term care facilities

  • Community Living Center, Martinsburg WV Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Goodwin Living
  • Greenspring Village
  • Lynn Care Center at Warren Memorial Hospital
  • The Virginian

Outpatient facilities

  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Fresenius Kidney Care
  • Inova Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Inova Schar Cancer Institute
  • Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • MedStar Bariatrics and Weight Management
  • MedStar Diabetes Institute
  • Pediatric Specialists of Virginia
  • Somatus Dialysis Center
  • Valley Health Diabetes Management
  • Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program
  • Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Intern placements in recent years:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Policy Initiatives and Advocacy
  • A Nu Healthy You
  • Arlington WIC Program
  • CCI Health Services WIC Program
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Capitol Nutrition Group
  • Clementine
  • Common Threads
  • Community Support Services
  • Food Directions
  • Food & Friends, LLC
  • Food Minds
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Manna Food Center
  • Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center Domiciliary and Healthy Teaching Kitchen
  • Monte Nido
  • My Chef Shirley
  • Northern Virginia Family Services
  • Nourished Principles
  • Rooted Recovery
  • Tepper Nutrition
  • University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Whole Health RD
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • Greenspring Village
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Martinsburg West Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Montgomery County Public Schools

Elective Rotations

Interns design their own two-week elective rotation. Many interns choose to complete their elective at one of the sites established for MNT, Community, or Management experiences. Additional elective sites in recent years have included the following:

  • Courage to Nourish
  • George Washington University Weight Management and Human Performance Laboratory
  • Inova Sports Performance Powered by EXOS
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Pediatric GI Clinic
  • Naval Special Warfare Group Human Performance Program
  • Nutrition Counseling Roanoke
  • Shady Grove Fertility
  • Stacie Haaga, LLC
  • US Air Force Base - Jacksonville, Florida
  • VIDA Fitness
  • Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (Richmond)
  • Virginia Tech Athletics
  • Virginia Tech Hokie Wellness
  • Winchester Medical Center Neonatal ICU
Interns are also welcome to develop a relationship with a new site for their elective rotation.