The University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship is a clinically-focused supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, interns complete 1000+ supervised practice hours within UVA Health Medical Center, UVA Children's Hospital, and other UVA Health affiliated clinics. The program provides in-depth experiences in both pediatrics and nutrition support.

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Our 9 month program is currently participating in the 2024 spring match cycle.  The program also accepts applications in the fall cycle, provided spaces are available in the program. Interns accepted in the spring will begin the program at the beginning of September and the program will culminate at the end of May. For interns accepted in the fall, the program will begin in early January and conclude in September. 

Applicants applying to our program must meet the minimum requirements for entry, which includes completion of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Beginning with the Spring 2023 Selection Cycle, a master's degree or master's degree in-progress will be required for admission to the program. For more information on requirements, please review our Program Requirements. Upon completion of the dietetic internship program, graduates are provided a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). 

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"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 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at the University of Virginia Health System are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here. For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here"

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


For specific questions regarding the University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship program, please use the 'Contact Us' tab to reach internship leadership.