Students are a large and important part of CAND. Read below for details on CAND benefits and how you can become involved!


Are you a student looking to become a member of CAND? 

CAND offers students a discounted member rate of $25 per year. Click here to sign up now!

What are the benefits of being a student member?

CAND offers students many opportunities including networking, leadership experience, educational events, community volunteering and more.  CAND has a large population of other students and interns which provides a great networking opportunity for making friends and learning about job opportunities. Please visit our Member Benefits page to learn more about what CAND can offer you!

How can a student member become more involved with CAND?

CAND student members have the opportunity to be a vital part of the executive board and gain leadership experiences. They can also be a member of a committee which provides support to CAND functions.  Students can also be part of any community volunteer event, especially during National Nutrition Month. Our blog offers students an opportunity to write and be featured on CAND social media too. To learn more about specific committees and how you can become more involved, click here (members only). Once a member, be sure to check out the volunteer opportunities here!

Does CAND offer scholarships for students?

Yes, CAND offers scholarships and award nominations for its members, including students. Each year CAND nominates a student for the IL Outstanding Dietetic Student Award which provides a $250 scholarship. Click here to learn more about awards and scholarships (members only.

Are you a student looking for dietetic internship opportunities?

CAND does not offer a dietetic internship program; however there are many dietetic internships in the Chicago area. Please click here to read more about the accredited internship programs and requirements.

Many of our members completed their undergraduate or internship in Chicago and would be a great resource for questions and advice.

Where else can I see what CAND is up to?

Feel free to email us with questions and connect with us on social media

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Student Member Testimonials

LinkedinPhoto (1)Joining the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was one of the best decisions I have ever made while living in Chicago.  It brought limitless opportunities to be involved with leadership.  In addition, it allowed me to showcase my abilities and provided the small steps to bigger enterprises, personally, socially and professionally.
I began my leadership as a blogger and a member of the Public Policy Committee.  In my second year, I became the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.  During my involvement I received scholarships to attend the Public Policy Workshop in order to protect SNAP benefits and convinced Representative Mike Quigley to co-sponsor “The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act H.R. 2415.”  
After a short time of my involvement, I was invited to be a part of a 2-year term as a member of the Member Value Committee on the Academy Level.   Furthermore, the Academy requested for me to be a part of the Public Policy Workshop 2015 and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation marketing campaign.  As you read this, I continue to grow deeper roots within Academy at all levels by being true to myself and never giving up.  
The group of people I have met and developed relationships with through this organization continues to strengthen.  I look back with no regrets as the foundation of my success was attributed to my involvement with this organization.
Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CDN, ACE-CPT
3cbb7c9In August 2013, I moved from New Jersey to Illinois due to acceptance in Benedictine University’s dual master’s and dietetic internship. With the move across country, I knew acclimating to my new surroundings would require proactive involvement on my part.  

Now, I can’t get enough of CAND! I was able to become more involved in CAND by just replying to some of CAND’s President, Ginger’ Hultin’s postings of volunteer opportunities. While I didn’t have prior experience on CAND’s board, I was welcomed with open arms and have learned more about the events and great aspects of CAND that can be easy to miss, since there are so many benefits!  

As part of the Awards and Scholarship committee and Historian, I have seen first hand CAND’s continued interest in its members.  With inter-committee projects and the ability to go to Board meetings, one is able to learn about all the different events and tasks that CAND is involved in. Yes, it can sound overwhelming to insert yourself into CAND’s conversations, but with more than half of CAND’s members made up of students, CAND is one of the most pro-student organizations!   

Nikki Nies, MS


Additional Resources for Students:

Academy Membership Resources


All Access Internships