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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 entry-level or more advanced 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. At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 15 months (150% of the program length).

B. 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

C. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

D. The mean program score on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will exceed the national mean at least 90% of the time.

E. 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.

F. Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

G. At least 20% of 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.

H. At least 80% of 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. At least 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. 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 05/25/2022

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