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WIC Dietetic Internships – Helping employees become Registered Dietitians
Working for WIC provides valuable skills working with diverse populations in community nutrition and the right experiences needed to take the next step to become a Registered Dietitian. Qualified WIC employees receive selection priority for a WIC dietetic internship. Each WIC internship program has specific application and program requirements which can be found on their Website. WIC dietetic internships are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). WIC internships emphasize community nutrition; however, excellent training is also provided in food service management, medical nutrition therapy and nutrition care process. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship, graduates are qualified to sit for the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian.

WIC Dietetic Internships support employees to become registered dietitians.
5 Accredited Dietetic Internships in California
General eligibility and selection criteria. Click on entire graphic below to access PDF version with links to each WIC location Website for more information and specific application requirements.
Click on entire graphic below to access PDF version with links to each WIC location Website.
WIC Dietetic Internships
    Preferred Criteria:
  • Experience with multicultural populations
  • Fluent in a second language
  • Interest in working as a registered dietitian (RD) in California
 
California WIC Locations and Dietetic Internships
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with links to each WIC location Website.

California WIC Locations and Dietetic Internships. Click on map graphic to access PDF version with links to each location Website.

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Distance Dietetic Internships

There are several colleges and universities throughout the country offering dietetic internships through "distance education." These programs may also be called "distant learning," "Web-based," or "online" dietetic internships. A distance program may be a good option if you do not live in an area where there is a local or traditional dietetic internship. Another factor that may make this a good option is there may be less competition for a distance program than for a local dietetic internship, especially in California.

Click on links to learn more: Most distance programs allow you to complete the entire internship in your own community and the hours are sometimes more flexible. However, the challenge is that you are required to locate your own preceptors and supervised practice facilities as part of the application process. Generally, you will spend about 30-40 hours a week in a supervised practice setting, plus you will have additional assignments, readings, projects and exams online each week. There are many pros and cons to each distance program and you must carefully consider all the requirements before you choose this option. Distance internships can be costly in time and tuition, so you want to make sure this is the right program for you. Many WIC employees are completing distance dietetic internships to become RDs. For a list of distance programs, go to the AND/ACEND Website.
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Is a distance DI right for you?
  • Are you self-directed and motivated? In a distance program, you are responsible for setting up all of your supervised practice experiences. You need to be confident and motivated initiating contact with local registered dietitians to establish agreements with them to be your preceptors.
  • Do you have strong reading skills? Reading is a large part of any class and especially online. The ability to read and comprehend subject matter is critical to your success.
  • Does written communication come easily for you? Since all communication from intern to the internship director is online, you should be confident and at ease with writing to express your thoughts, share ideas, ask questions and complete assignments.
  • Are your technical skills adequate? You will need to have good experience and knowledge of using your computer system in Web-based communications. Along with computer skills, you will also need to be comfortable with the amount of typing required.
  • Will you ask questions when you need to? If you typically don't hesitate to seek help when you need it, you'll do fine. Without face-to-face or classroom contact, your instructor won't know you have a problem unless you ask.
  • Are you realistic about the time commitment? Distance education is at least as time consuming as campus classes and is usually more time consuming.
  • Are you well-organized and self-disciplined? In a distance program you are in charge of scheduling and managing your time effectively. You need to have good organizational skills and discipline to set aside adequate time for study and to complete projects and meet deadlines.
  • Will you miss the social interaction? Interaction with the instructor and classmates is often an important part of the learning experience. Consider how important it is for you to have face-to-face and social interaction in your learning and communication style.
Successful Traits of Online Students
  • Self-directed
  • Motivated
  • Comfortable with computers
  • Uses email, Internet browser, word processor
  • Likes to read and write
  • Inquisitive
  • Disciplined
  • Independent
 
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Dietetic Internships, FAQs
  • Q. I work for WIC, can I apply for a WIC internship?
    A. If you have a “Verification Statement” and a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and meet the application requirements for the dietetic internship, you may apply. Priority for selection is offered to current California WIC employees. Each program will have specific application requirements. At one, you may be required to work for the WIC agency sponsoring the program; at another, you may be working for any California WIC program. Important criteria for selection are culture and language skills working with diverse populations. A strong desire to work for WIC as a registered dietitian upon completion of the internship is a definite plus. For more information on each program and application requirements, click here to go to the larger map with links to each of the WIC dietetic internships.
  • Q. I received my verification statement several years ago; can I still apply for an internship?
    A. The AND/ACEND no longer places a time limit on the "Verification Statement" (VS). However, if you completed a dietetic program several years ago and your VS indicates it was a "Plan IV" program, your certification is no longer valid. You will need a current VS to qualify for an internship, and that would probably require taking some additional classes. Even if you have a valid VS, some internships may require you take additional classes to update your knowledge in medical nutrition therapy and food service administration if you've been out of school a few years. You should check with the internship director regarding application requirements.
  • Q. Can WIC help me with a distance internship?
    A. The great thing about WIC is the RDs you are working with usually have colleagues at local hospitals, school food service and other organizations and can help you identify preceptors. WIC is very supportive of your efforts to become an RD and may offer part-time employment while you're completing a dietetic internship. After you have evaluated the requirements of the distance internships you are considering, talk to your supervisor about the programs and see how they may be able to help you.
  • Q. I completed all of my education to become a dietitian in another country. What do I need to do to apply for a dietetic internship?
    A. The first step is to have your academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to the bachelor's or master's degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for a "Verification Statement (VS)" of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). After you have the official document, Credential Evaluation Report, you can request a verification review by a DPD program director in the United States. In most cases, the degree from another country may not meet all the requirements of the U.S. DPD program. The DPD director may require you take additional classes before you would receive a VS. For information on credentialing requirements for international students, go to the AND/ACEND (www.eatright.org/ACEND/) Website.
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