Dietetic Internship Program
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
The Hines Dietetic Internship presents the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of settings while working with diverse populations. The preceptors are extremely knowledgeable and provide a tremendous amount of guidance to prepare their interns for any entry-level RD position.
The best part about the internship is the continuous help and support received from the internship director, preceptors, and fellow interns during and after graduation from the program.
-Avery Warwick, Class of 2015
I realized fairly early in this program that I’d made the right choice with Hines VA, and that realization was strengthened all throughout the program, and again after graduation. The level of knowledge, attention to detail, and thorough scope of practice that can be obtained in this program is second to none. You will notice this quickly, as you work with interns from other programs. Don’t get me wrong... it's a very difficult program, and will challenge you physically, mentally, and emotionally. This program is not for everyone, but it can set you apart from the crowd. I’m positive that I have had professional doors open for me because I have Hines VA on my resumé.
Upon graduation, I had a Registry Clinical Dietitian position waiting for me. I was writing tube feeding orders within weeks, and TPN orders within months of finishing my internship.
I am now a Product Education Specialist for a professional quality nutraceutical company. Every day, I speak with Integrative Medicine Physicians, Dietitians, and Nurses regarding our extensive product line. I’m sure that the technical training I received at Hines VA prepared me to quickly adapt and excel in this position. I would highly recommend the Hines VA internship as that additional component.
-Mike Grochocki, Class of 2014
The Hines Dietetic Internship Program was simultaneously one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my professional career. It wouldn't have been possible to accomplish all that was expected of us interns without our fantastic internship director and our incredible preceptors. Their leadership and proficiency were unmatched and, to this day, are qualities I still admire and strive to emulate. After the internship I worked as a clinical dietitian for over six years and later went on to complete my master's in clinical nutrition. I'm currently a private practice dietitian and serve as an adjunct instructor for Loyola University. Hines helped me to lay a solid foundation of knowledge that I continue to build upon. I would without a doubt recommend this program to any aspiring dietitian.
- Hannah Diamond, Class of 2011