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Nutrition Department

Dietetic Internship Mission and Goals

The mission of the NIH Dietetic Internship is to provide a comprehensive clinical and research based program that prepares Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for careers in nutrition and dietetics. By providing extensive opportunities in clinical, clinical research, technology, and management within a clinical research hospital setting, the NIH Dietetic Internship graduates students who possess the skills and competencies to practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics and successfully compete in today's challenging job market.

Goals of the NIH Dietetic Internship help Interns meet our program mission:

1. Graduates will be prepared for entry level and more advanced positions in clinical dietetics.

A. Over each five-year period, at least 90% of enrolled interns will successfully complete the program within 150% of the program length (which is 64.5 weeks excluding vacations or 67.5 weeks including vacations).

B. Over each five-year period, the program will achieve a 90% or above “first time pass rate” on the RD registration examination.

C. The mean program RD registration examination score will exceed the national mean at least 90% of the time.

D. Over each five-year period, at least 20% of interns will graduate with an overall performance rating that exceeds expectations on the final clinical rotation of the five standard clinical rotations.

E. Over each five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates seeking employment will have obtained employment in a nutrition or dietetics-related field within 12 months of completing the program.

F. Over each five-year period, 20% or more of program graduates who obtained employment upon graduation will obtain a position beyond entry level as their first position. "Beyond entry level" positions require at least one year of experience and/or a graduate degree.

G. Over each five-year period, 80% of program graduates will be rated as "demonstrating entry level competence" upon hire by their employer for their first position upon graduation.

2. Graduates will be prepared for careers in nutrition research.

A. Over each five-year period, a minimum of 50% of program graduates will currently be or will have been employed in a position that includes research responsibilities or requires research experience within five years of graduation.

B. Over each five-year period, at least 80% of interns will conduct an original nutrition or dietetics-related research project and present it professionally.

The mission, goals, and objectives are continually monitored for program effectiveness. Program outcomes data are available on request. See the "Contact Us" section of the website for contact information.

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This page last updated on 06/15/2018

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