The UAA dietetic internship, with a concentration emphasis on Alaska Native culture and Alaska healthcare delivery systems, is accredited by the Accreditation  Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The internship offers the supervised practice experience required by the American Dietetic Association to sit for the registered dietitian (RD) examination. At this time UAA is accredited for five interns annually.

Upon completion of this internship program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to adapt to the ever-changing scientific, technical and professional environment, including knowledge of public policy, legislative issues, ethics and lifelong learning. [Professional skills]
  • Practice communicating effectively through the development of writing, speaking, listening, and problem-solving skills. [Communication skills]
  • Integrate efficient and effective use of techniques and tools for managing foodservice systems in a variety of situations. [Foodservice management]
  • Apply knowledge and skills in medical nutrition therapy in a variety of settings. [Clinical nutrition]
  • Design interventions to combine knowledge and skills in community nutrition that enhance health and promote wellness. [Community nutrition]
  • Recognize the impact of Alaska Native culture and Alaska’s unique healthcare delivery system on the practice of dietetics in Alaska. [Specialty emphasis]
  • Pass (national) registration examination, over a five-year period, on the first attempt 80 percent of the time.*
  • Achieve a knowledge-based score of at least “satisfactory” on evaluation by employers of alumni.*
  • Indicate feelings of being “well-prepared” for practice as a registered dietitian (program alumni).*

*These outcomes are required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting body for the UAA dietetic internship.