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If you have questions about Dietetics Internships or Computer Matching, please contact ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800/877-1600 X 5400
Fax: 312/899-4817
Email: acend@eatright.org

Availability of Dietetic Internship Positions

A review of the data on the demand for dietetic internships in relation to the number of available positions indicates that the supply is not keeping up with demand. The data are being provided, by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), so that students who are currently enrolled in Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) or those who are considering becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) are aware of this situation in order to make informed career decisions. To summarize the chart showing the Supply and Demand for Dietetic Internships since 1993, demand for internships rose to a peak in 1997, followed by a downturn that bottomed out in 2001. Since then, the demand has been rising and now exceeds the 1997 high with no significant increase in the number of positions since 2003. Data on the April 2009 First-Round Match suggest no change in the trend in 2009. As a result, competition for internships is fierce.

Supply and Demand for Dietetic Internships since 1993

Dietetic Internships Demand Chart

Data on the April 2009 First-Round Match

  Applicants     Positions

Matched to Internships

2056 (50%)

 

Filled DI Positions

2056 (94%)

Not Matched to Internships

2064 (50%)

 

Unfilled DI Positions

139 (6%)

 

Total

4120 (100%)

 

Total

2195 (100%)

DPD students pre-selected for internship positions without computer matching: 128

Although ACEND has no authority to mandate an increase in the number of Dietetic Internship programs, it is firmly committed to working with the education community and the dietetics profession to make more positions available as soon as possible and to develop a long-term solution that enables all qualified students to complete their education and sit for the RD exam. In the meantime, current and prospective dietetics students should review the suggestions to improve their chances at getting a dietetics internship position.