You Can Help to Eliminate the Internship Shortage

To volunteer as a preceptor contact an ACEND representative at for a list of internship programs needing preceptors or mentors in your area. On occasion, students may contact you to see if you are willing to precept them. If so, ask for the name of the program and information about the program's expectations. Whether you are a new or well-established preceptor, you should go through preceptor training provided by the program to make sure that you can fulfill the specific requirements of the program such as:

  • Teaching and modeling knowledge, skills, professional values and behaviors needed for students to successfully complete practitioner competencies
  • Instilling the need in interns or students for patient advocacy, lifelong learning, evidence-based practice and giving back to the profession
  • Supervising the practice abilities of the intern or student on a regular basis
  • Evaluating the intern or student, providing feedback for improvement and documenting her/his progress
  • Providing feedback to the program on the effectiveness of the education experience for continuous quality improvement
  • Notifying the program if you become unable to precept interns or students
  • Demonstrating no bias or conflict of interest in the education of interns or students
  • Upholding the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Code of Ethics