Minneapolis VA Healthcare System - Dietetic Internship Program
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Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

Thank you for your interest in the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dietetic Internship. Our Dietetic Internship Program is a 42 week program with a Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration. We are accredited to accept 8 dietetic interns per cycle. To meet the CDR mandated registration requirements that will go into effect January of 2024 requiring an MS degree to sit for the exam, we will be gradually increasing the number of students with Masters degrees who are ranked in the top 8 intern slots through D&D digital. Please see the application tab for more details.

The internship program provides 1680 hours (September - June) of rotation in clinical dietetics, food service management and community nutrition. Approximately 1500 hours of supervised practice and alternate practice experiences, didactic classes, tours, field trips, and vacation/federal holidays make up the internship year. 4 interns will have the week of Christmas scheduled for vacation, and 4 interns will have the week of New Year scheduled for vacation. Federal Holidays in which the intern will not be scheduled at VA rotations inlcude: Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July if applicable.

The professional staff of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Nutrition and Food Service Department administers the program. Registered Dietitians participate in curriculum development in their specialty areas, the development of evaluation procedures and forms and will be the preceptors of interns. Staff physicians, nurse managers and practitioners, clinical specialists, therapists and pharmacists of various specialties and services provide advice and information that can be incorporated in to the training experience. Staff of affiliate facilities will be preceptors for those rotations they supervise and assist in curriculum development of those rotations. No credit is given for assessment of prior learning.

Pictured: Aerial view of the VA medical center grounds and surrounding neighborhood.

 Aerial View of Minneapolis VA Med Center

Virtual Open House Information

We are pleased to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about our Dietetic Internship Program. Open house attendees will be given a detailed program overview and have a chance to meet the preceptors, graduates of the program, and current interns.  To RSVP for the virtual open house, please email jessica.long5@va.gov.

When: November 18th 2022, 2-4 PM

To view a recording of the open house hosted on 11/19/2021, follow this link:
Internship Open House

View our Virtual Program video at:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1309469315891413
Internship facebook page:  Jessica's Internship Page | Facebook

Dietetic Internship Program Director information
Jessica Long, MS, RDN

How to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The current process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) involves a series of educational steps.

  • Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program - the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dietetic 
    Internship program holds ACEND accreditation as a stand-alone Dietetic Internship Program. Our program length is 10 months from September to June.

  • Once a verification statement of completion of the Dietetic Internship requirements is provided, the graduate is   
    eligible to sit for the national RDN examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

  • To maintain registration, the RDN must complete continuing professional education requirements.

For further details, visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/about-us/become-an-rdn-or-dtr/dietetic-careers and https://www.cdrnet.org/

About the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dietetic Internship (MVAHCS)

The MVAHCS operates approx. 309 acute care beds including an extended care unit. This building also houses numerous outpatient clinics and medical research laboratories. Over 600,000 outpatients are seen yearly. The building itself occupies 7 acres and has a 500-foot facade. There is a 30 bed Spinal Cord Center which opened fall of 2009.

The MVAHCS offers a comprehensive range of specialized programs including chemical dependency treatment, cardiac catheterization and surgery, traumatic brain injury, HIV clinic, geriatric research, education and clinical center, nuclear medicine, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and women's clinic. Patient care is augmented through the availability of state-of-the-art medical equipment. Extended care programs such as hospital-based primary care, adult day health care, day treatment canter and the program for traumatic stress recovery emphasize the medical center's commitment to patient education and outpatient care.