What's it All About
Completing a bachelor's degree in dietetics is only one step in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Next you need practical experience. This is what the Internship provides. These programs require a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice and help students gain practical experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, foodservice management and many other areas in the field of dietetics.
To apply for an internship, individuals must complete their bachelor's degree that includes ACEND-approved course work from an accredited program. The program at UCM provides this coursework.
Acceptance into Dietetic Internship programs has become extremely competitive with national acceptance rates around 50%. Acceptance into Dietetic Internships is based upon a number of factors including:
Overall undergraduate GPA and GPA in science and professional courses (3.3 or above, although a slightly lower GPA may be accepted along with strong work or volunteer experience). Dietetics related work and volunteer experience (some require more than 1200 hours); Leadership experience, letters of recommendation, letter of application, performance in an interview (only a few internships will require an interview)
For More Information
For a complete list of all dietetic internship programs in the country visit the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
For further information on availability of Dietetic Internships and how to improve your chances of acceptance visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Student Center
Information on Availability of Dietetic Internship Positions can be found under Downloadable Resources at the bottom of the Student Center's internship page.