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. Click on the volunteer-opportunity categories below to learn more about them.

ACEND and CDR Foundation
Local Mentoring
National Leadership Practice and Member Groups
Research, Positions and Journal For Students


Program Reviewers for Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

ACEND needs reviewers from both the practice and education communities as part of the accreditation process for entry-level dietetics education. Program reviewers serve three-year terms and function as 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 ACEND@eatright.org.

ACEND Board Dietetic Student Representative Application
ACEND is seeking student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with strong leadership skills to apply to be nominated for the Dietetics Student Representative position on the ACEND board. This volunteer position is an excellent way to gain leadership experience and skills in accreditation, education, communication, collaboration and more. The dietetics student member is elected by the ACEND board and serves a two-year term, the first year as student rep-elect and the second year as the dietetics student voting member. Visit the ACEND Student Representative page for more information.

For every qualified student who gets matched to a dietetic internship, another student will not, because too few practitioners have been willing to take on the role of preceptor. The profession needs your help! Find out how to be a preceptor.

Item Writer for the Registration Examinations
The Commission on Dietetic Registration needs registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered to assist in the annual item writing workshop for the Registration Examinations. During this workshop, volunteers are trained to construct items for the examinations. Participants include RDN or NDTR 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.


Local Opportunities

State Affiliates
The Academy's 53 geographically affiliated organizations provide many volunteer opportunities, including positions on boards of directors and committees. Contact your state affiliate for details on volunteer opportunities close to home.



eMentoring and Mentoring
If you're looking for a mentor or mentee, you can search for one using a variety of parameters such as experience, practice area, language and even types of mentoring.


National Leadership

National Ballot Nominations and Election
Each year, 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 15. Elected leaders begin their term of office on June 1. Visit the Academy's nominations and elections page to learn more.

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

Nominations for National Quality Organizations
National quality organizations frequently seek expert members to be nominated and appointed to measures or standards workgroups, steering committees for the National Quality Forum, technical expert panels about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, professional and technical advisory committees for 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 quality@eatright.org.

Interested in Serving on an Academy Committee?


Practice and Member Interest Groups

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

Member Interest Groups
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.


Research, Positions and Journal

Evidence Analysis Workgroups for the Evidence Analysis Library
Serve as an expert workgroup member to formulate and answer research questions and develop evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines using the Academy's Evidence Analysis Process. Workgroup members, with the assistance of lead analysts, review, analyze and summarize nutrition research. Resulting information is published on the Evidence Analysis Library.

Nutrition Research Network Volunteers
There are many ways to get involved with the Nutrition Research Network, including collecting data for a research project, suggesting research questions and participating in mentoring. Membership in the Nutrition Research Network is open and free to all Academy members. To join, members can email NRN@eatright.org with "join" and their member number in the subject line.

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.

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 journal@eatright.org.


Student Opportunities

Write for Student Scoop
Student Scoop is an online newsletter exclusively for student members. It's published five times a year and includes articles on relevant topics such as preparing for internships and ways to volunteer. Student members can submit articles for possible inclusion.

Become a Student Liaison
As a student liaison, you'll participate in recruitment and retention of student members and provide feedback on student initiatives. Learn more about student liaisons.