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UVA Health System Dietetic Internship


The University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition in Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  and is administered by the Department of Nutrition Services.

The internship program, which has an emphasis in nutrition support and pediatrics  provides dietetic interns with over 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in clinical, foodservice management, and community nutrition, as well as over 250 hours of didactic training in a variety of advanced topics including medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, and disease pathophysiology and nutrition management.

Clinical and foodservice management on-the-job training is provided at the University of Virginia Health System and at other affiliated locations. The internship provides the individual intern with the resources necessary for education and training to qualify the intern for responsibilities as an "entry level" generalist dietitian, but with additional specialization in nutrition support and pediatrics.

The UVA Health System Dietetic Internship Program accepts 12 students per year beginning in early September. The program, which is 43 weeks in length, runs from the beginning of September (the day after Labor Day) until the last Friday in June or first Friday in July.

For more information on the program, please click on the Program Overview and other tabs in the column to the right.

This program meets the "ACEND-Accredited Dietetic Internship" requirement set forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its credentialing body, the Commission on Dietetic Registration.  Individuals interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian can visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students/registered-dietitian-nutritionist-fact-sheet for more information on the required steps. Graduates from the UVA Health System Dietetic Internship obtain a "Verification Statement," which enables them to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

ACEND can be contacted directly:

Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza 
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Website:  https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend