Volunteer Opportunities

The work of the Academy relies on the many contributions of members such as you. Volunteer leaders are the mainstay of any professional organization.

Be a Kids Eat Right Volunteer!
The Academy and the Foundation's new member-driven campaign, Kids Eat Right, needs YOU to share your expertise on the importance of implementing scientifically-based food and nutrition information to defeat this epidemic. Join the Kids Eat Right campaign.

National Ballot Nominations and Election
Annually, the membership elects the future leaders of the Academy. The Nominating Committee calls for nominations May through November. Elections are conducted February 1 through February 22. Elected leaders begin their term of office on June 1. Learn More

Academy Position and Practice Papers
Academy position and practice papers are written and reviewed by members like you. The Positions Committee needs authors, reviewers and content experts.

Become an Academy Spokesperson
All Academy members who meet the qualifications are welcome and encouraged to apply to become an Academy spokesperson. Become an Academy Spokesperson.

Affiliate (State) Dietetic Organizations
The Academy's 53 geographically affiliated organizations provide many volunteer opportunities, include positions on board of directors and committees. Contact your state affiliate for details on volunteer opportunities close to home.

Dietetic Practice Groups
Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) is a professional interest group of Academy members within an area of practice and/or interest. Each DPG provides opportunities to volunteer on the executive committee or by providing services through membership activities, newsletters, educational activities, etc. You must be a member of the DPG to volunteer. Contact your DPG for details on opportunities.

Member Interest Groups (MIGs)
Member Interest Groups share a common interest or serve a common population. Each MIG provides long-term opportunities on committees and short-term opportunities, such as writing newsletter articles or assisting at events. You must be a member of a MIG to volunteer. Contact your MIG for details on volunteer opportunities.

Item Writer for the Registration Examinations for Dietitians and/or Dietetic Technicians
The Commission on Dietetic Registration needs registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered to assist in the annual item writing workshop for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and/or Dietetic Technicians. During this workshop, volunteers are trained to construct items for the examinations. Participants include RD or DTR employers, practitioners and educators who possess knowledge of entry-level practice.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
The success of the Foundation relies on volunteer leaders to govern, raise funds, review awards and scholarships and more! Are you interested in Food and Nutrition Research, Scholarships, Awards or Healthy Weight for Kids? If so, then volunteering for the Foundation may be right for you.

Evidence Analysis Workgroups for the Evidence Analysis Library
Serve as an expert in a particular field of nutrition to formulate and answer questions using the Academy's Evidence Analysis Process. Expert workgroup members, with the assistance of trained analysts, will review, analyze and summarize nutrition research. Resulting information is published on the Evidence Analysis Library.

Nominations for National Quality Organizations
National quality organizations frequently seek expert members to be nominated and appointed to measures or standards workgroups, steering committees (National Quality Forum), Technical Expert Panels (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Professional and Technical Advisory Committees (The Joint Commission), and other quality related committees or workgroups. Typically, these appointments range from several months to two years of service.

To learn more, contact [email protected].

FNCE Student Host Program
Are you a student member of the Academy, interested in attending FNCE® and interacting with your fellow members? If so we need YOU! The Academy collects applications for FNCE® Student Hosts annually during the month of August. In exchange for approximately 8 to 10 hours of onsite volunteer assistance, students can receive complimentary registration to FNCE®! Learn more about this host opportunity, including eligibility guidelines.

Program Reviewers for Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Reviewers from both the practice and education community are needed by ACEND as part of the accreditation process for entry-level dietetics education. Program reviewers serve three year terms and function as one of two to three person teams to evaluate dietetics education programs. They assist in the review of written reports to determine whether a dietetics program is achieving its defined goals and Standard benchmarks.

To learn more, contact [email protected].

Journal Reviewers
Journal reviewers serve as content experts and participate in the peer review process of the Academy's flagship publication. Reviewers help shape the information published by the Academy. Reviewers should have a minimum of a Master's degree and several relevant, recent publications, preferably some first-authored and ideally some in the Journal. Content expertise in associated fields is also welcomed.

To learn more, contact [email protected].

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